Parálisis Permanente

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Parálisis Permanente. Photo sourced from Discogs

Parálisis Permanente (Permanent Paralysis in Spanish) was a Spanish rock band active during the 1980s, often considered the initiator of the "darker" style current of the so called Movida Madrileña. Emerging in the early 80's in Madrid, initially as a parallel group formed by two members from Alaska y los Pegamoides, they released a single album and saw their promising career violently cut short due to a traffic accident involving their leader, Eduardo Benavente, when they were in their prime. Despite their short history, today they are considered a cult band within the Spanish goth and punk counter-cultures, a status enhanced by their untimely end. During their short career, they recorded 24 songs, released between 1981 and 1995.


The band was formed by Eduardo Benavente (guitar) and Nacho Canut (bass), former members of Alaska y los Pegamoides, along with their respective brothers, Javier Benavente (vocals) and Johnny Canut (drums), towards the beginning of 1981. This group recorded a demo (later included in the "Singles y primeras grabaciones" compilation), which included a Spanish version of the song "Warhead" by UK Subs entitled "Why?". Javier soon left the project which led Eduardo to become the band's singer and guitarist. Their first performance was at the Jardín room, showing them moving away from the Pegamoide sound and towards a sinister and dark style, closer to bands such as Décima Víctima or Gabinete Caligari.

Hispavox's reluctance to work with Paraálisis led the group to turn to Tic-Tac, a Navarran company which published its first album, an EP shared with Gabinete Caligari. The EP, [1] which included the songs «Autosuficiencia» and «Tengo un pasajero» from Parálisis Permanente, was recorded in October 1981 and published in January 1982, immediately selling out the thousand copies distributed. For this reason, the Tres Cipreses record company was founded immediately, initially focused on the two groups of the shared EP although later, it also released music by other groups (Seres Vacíos and, already in 1983, Loquillo y los Trogloditas and Los Desechables). The EP was reissued first by the DRO label and then by Tres Cipreses itself, with a new cover, with showcasing two freaks from La Parada de los Monstruos; The back cover featured Jaime Urrutia from Gabinete Caligari with the members of Parálisis Permanente.

In addition, the band's only video was shot for the song «Autosuficiencia» pn the TVE Pista Libre program .

Faced with such success, Servando Carballar, creator of the DRO label, besides reissuing the first EP, offered to release a new EP with four new songs, including "Quiero ser santa" (originally written for Pegamoides by Ana Curra and Alaska) and "A Day in Texas", based on the movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

After the departure of Nacho Canut to join Dinarama, the former Glutamayo Ye-Ye and Derribos Arias member Rafa Balmaseda joined the band as a bassist, as did Ana Curra on keyboards, another member of the Pegamoides and Eduardo's partner at the time.

In July 1982, they recorded the thirteen songs of the album El Acto. In it, the band explores the dark and gloomy aspects of punk, which has been interpreted as the germination in Spain of the seed of the post-punk movement, a trend started in the United Kingdom by bands such as Siouxsie And The Banshees, Joy Division, Killing Joke, The Damned or The Cure. In Spain, Gabinete Caligari and Décima Víctima were early representatives of this current.

Along with their new songs, the album featured two covers with lyrics in Spanish : "Héroes", by David Bowie (" Heroes "), and "Quiero ser tu perro", by The Stooges ("I Wanna Be Your Dog") . Despite being an independent release, the album, released in October, had become a considerable success, although it was soon surpassed by the first Siniestro Total album.

In 1983, the band's last single, Nacidos para dominar / Sangre, was released. [2] On May 14 of the same year, while returning from a concert in León and heading to Zaragoza to play, the car in which Eduardo, Ana and Toti were traveling veered off the road due to the rain, in the vicinity of Alfaro (La Rioja). Eduardo Benavente , who was only twenty years old, died on the spot, while Ana Curra had to be hospitalized and Toti only suffered minor injuries. The news reached the festival that was being held in Zaragoza, where they were planned to participate, shortly after Alaska and Dinarama finished their performance.


Studio album

  • El acto (1982).


  • Parálisis Permanente/Gabinete Caligari (1981) (with Gabinete Caligari).
  • Quiero ser santa (1982) [3]​


  • Los Singles (1984).
  • Singles y primeras grabaciones (1995).
  • Grabaciones completas 1981-1983 (2001).


Final line-up

  • Eduardo Benavente, guitar, vocals
  • Ana Curra, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Rafa Balmaseda, bass, backing vocals
  • Antonio Morales, guitar
  • Toti Trees, drums

Previous members

  • Javier Benavente, vocals
  • Jaime Urrutia, guitar
  • Nacho Canut, bass
  • Johnny Canut, drums


  1. Images of the «Autosuficiencia» EP with Gabinete Caligari available here.
  2. Images of the Nacidos para dominar single available here.
  3. Images of the Quiero ser santa EP available here.


  • Márquez, Fernando (1981, 2013 reissue). Modern music: a history of the new wave in Spain. Editorial La Fonoteca. p. 138. ISBN 978-84-616-7179-3 .

External links

Text adapted from the Spanish-language Wikipedia