Bersuit, formed formally in 1989, is one of the most important Argentine rock bands of the 1990s/2000s. The previous name of the band (from1987 to May, 1989) was Henry y la Palangana.
After two albums of underground transgressor rock, the band started mixing it with Latin American rhythms such a cumbia, chacarera, candombe and cuartetazo. The lyrics, though, remained acid and critical with regard to political and social problems.
The current formation is Gustavo Cordera (vocals), Juan Carlos Subirá (keyboards, accordion, and vocals), Carlos Martín (drums and percussion), Oscar Righi (guitar), Rene Isel "Pepe" Céspedes (bass and vocals), Daniel Suárez (vocals and chorus), Alberto Verenzuela (guitar and harmonica), and Carlos "Cóndor" Sbarbati (vocals, chorus and charango); previous members include Charly Bianco (guitar and vocals) and Rubén Sadrinas (vocals).
In honor of Buenos Aires' José Tiburcio Borda psychiatric hospital, the band often performs in clinical pajamas; though there is no truth to the urban legend of Cordera spending some time in that institution, the band has demonstrated an affinity for everything related to madness and marginalization.
In addition to finding success in Buenos Aires' underground movement and then nationwide, Bersuit Vergarabat has attracted fans from many countries in Latin America as well as in Spain.
The band's success beyond Latin America hinges largely on their ability to constantly reinvent themselves, as with their late 1990s venture into ska music, popular in the United States at the time.
One of the band's signature songs, "El Tiempo No Para", from their album Y Punto, is a cover of "O Tempo Não Para" by the Brazilian musician Cazuza. In his honor, Gustavo Cordera sings one of the song's verses in the live version in Portuguese.