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Legendary Brazilian Rock Band, Os Mutantes, reunite for a gig in the UK and a mini-tour in the US.

The Brazilian rock band from the 60s and 70s, which have inspired international artists as David Byrne, Beck, Sean Lennon and Kurt Cobain will make a come-back mini tour, starting the 22nd of May in The Barbican Center in London.

The experimental psychdelic rock band was originally formed by brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Dias and singer Rita Lee. After a successful carrer in the late 60s and 70s, Rita Lee got out as later did Arnaldo Baptista before the group disbanded in the late 70s. Colaborator with Brazilian giants such as Gilberto Gil and Tom Zé they revolutionized Brazilian Rock music, mixing it with Brazilian regionalisms and experimentation...

Arnaldo have commited a suicide attempt and has some sequels from the incident, but nevertheless, he is joining his brother Sérgio, augmented by Brazilian singer Zélia Duncan, since Rita Lee politely declined the invitation to reform the band...

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http://www.barbican.org.uk/tropicalia/home

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http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=4152

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I love the first couple of Os Mutantes albums. My Portugese isn't exactly stellar, so I have no idea what they're singing about, but musically it's very interesting and enjoyable.

There's a great new compilation with Brazilian tropicalia music out on Soul Jazz records, also has a couple of Mutantes tracks.
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One can get audio samples by selecting an album, then scrolling down to it's samples(:

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Os Mutantes Added to Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup!

Amy Phillips reports:
The Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place July 29 and 30 in Chicago's Union Park, isn't only going to be two days of happy people getting drunk and rocking out. It's also going to be an historic event.

We are honored and delighted to announce that Brazilian Tropicália gods Os Mutantes, reunited and performing live for the first time since 1973, will play the second day of the Pitchfork Music Festival. The psych-rock pioneers have scheduled just a handful of shows this summer, and we have been lucky enough to score their only American festival appearance. As Os Mutantes themselves once said, everything is possible--including getting to see a group of living legends play on the same bill as members of the younger musical generation they helped inspire, all for a ridiculously low ticket price.

Here's how the Pitchfork Music Festival schedule looks now:

Saturday, July 29

Main stage:

• Silver Jews
• The Futureheads
• Ted Leo/*SPAM*
• Art Brut
• Destroyer
• Mountain Goats
• Band of Horses
• Man Man
• Hot Machines


Sunday, July 30

Main stage:

• Os Mutantes
• Spoon
• Yo La Tengo
• Devendra Banhart
• Mission of Burma
• Aesop Rock
• The National
• Jens Lekman
• Tapes 'n Tapes
• Chin Up Chin Up

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/06-04/14.shtml

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Arnaldo Baptista (left), Zélia Duncan (center), Sérgio Dias(guitar) , Dinho Leme (drums)

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Os Mutantes U.S. Dates:

July

21- New York- Webster hall
23- Los Angeles- Hollywood Bowl (with the Flaming Lips and Thievery Corporation!)


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07/21 @ Webster Hall, New York City, New York
07/23 @ Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
07/24 @ The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California
07/26 @ Moore Theatre, Seattle, Washington
07/30 @ Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park, Chicago, Illinois

http://venuszine.com/stories/music_concerts/1685

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Thanks for the tip, Mr G., I will check out that English language album, although the fact that I can't understand what they're singing about only adds to the charm for me.


Yeah, and not mentioning the fact that (without wanting to spoil it), IMO the English versions are not nearly as good as the originals... The subjects texts in Portuguese range from popular public domain folk songs and legends to pyschdelic/crazyness subjects to mocking the Brazilian burgeoisie and popular love song singers to afro-religeon subjects to 1st person clock's standpoints narratives and finally to cosmic conciousness in the YES REPLICA era when there was only Sérgio Dias left...

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Rehearsed repertoire:

Dom Quixote (1969)

Caminhante noturno (1969)

Ave Gengis Khan (1968)

Technicolor (1971)

Virginia (1970)

Cantor de mambo (1972)

El justiciero (1971)

Baby (1970)

Top top (1971)

Desculpe baby (1970)

Dia 36 (1969)

Fuga nºII (1969)

Le premier bonheur du jour (1968)

2001 (1969)

Ave Lucifer (1970)

Balada do louco (1972)

Ando meio desligado (1970)

Cabeludo patriota (1972)

Minha menina (1968)

Bat macumba (1968)

Panis et circences (1970)




Additional US date: Denver (07/28, Cervante''s Masterpiece Ballroom)

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Os Mutantes

Os Mutantes (Portuguese for The Mutants) was an influential Brazilian rock band that arose out of Tropicalia movement of the late 1960s.

History

Os Mutantes were formed in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1966 by brothers Arnaldo Baptista (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Sérgio Dias (guitars and vocals) along with their lead singer Rita Lee. In 1971, bassist Liminha and drummer Dinho officially joined the band. They released five albums together before Lee departed, (or was fired according to some accounts) in 1972 to start her own solo career. Arnaldo left the band in 1973 due to his ongoing problems with LSD, followed by Dinho and, a year later, Liminha. With only Sérgio Dias as an original member, the band continued on with other musicians until its dissolution in 1978.
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Influence

Os Mutantes influenced a great deal of Brazilian bands such as Pato Fu and Júpiter Maçã. Many underground, indie and independent recent bands are retaking their advances in Brazilian music and rock, such as humor and experimentalism. Though the Mutantes never spread to mainstream Western consciousness, they did influence many English-speaking artists. For example, Kurt Cobain publicly requested a reunion tour from the trio in 1993, Beck released an experimental album called Mutations with the hit song Tropicalia, and David Byrne wore a Mutantes style giant suit for Talking Heads performances, and assembled Everything is Possible, the Mutantes' compilation album released by Luaka Bop in 1999. Of Montreal front figure Kevin Barnes has on several occasions described Os Mutantes as his main influence.
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2006 Reunion

Os Mutantes (Arnaldo, Sérgio and Dinho, sans Rita Lee and Liminha - instead of Rita Lee we'll have Zélia Duncan on vocals) will be playing live for the first time since 1978 for the Tropicalia exhibition at London's Barbican Arts Centre on May 22, 2006. Shows at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and with the Flaming Lips in Los Angeles will follow.
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Style

Even during a period of worldwide musical experimentation and exploration, Os Mutantes stood out as being inventive with their musical styles, spanning psychedelia, pop, blues, and rock genres. The group experimented with distortion, wordplay, feedback, and unusual instruments to create a free and playful pop sound. According to the liner notes of Everything is Possible, one of the main instruments on Le Premier Bonheur du jour is an aerosol bugspray can. In their later years, Os Mutantes were heavily influenced by progressive rock.
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Interesting notes: throughout their carrier they always had another Baptista brother in the back scene, Mr. Cláudio César Baptista, who projected and ensembled almost all of their gear such as soundboards, amplifiers and cabinetts. Even a legendary guitar was made for Sérgio (the one he is holding in the first picture above).

They were acknowleged for their inventivness using the studio. They would do things like experimenting with reversing the polarities of an Wah-Wah pedal (Bat Macumba track) and they would use common objects to creat specific sounds, like using a washing line to create a bass string feel or an aerosol bugspray can (see Arnaldo in the middle of the first picture above) in the Le Premier Bonheur du jour track...

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Os Mutantes and Nação Zumbi

22nd of May 2006

07:30pm

Concert: Barbican Hall

Prices: £20.00 to £30.00

Name Barbican Centre

Address:
Silk Street
West End
Greater London
EC2Y 8BQ
Telephone 0845 120 7550
Train Barbican (LT)

Don't miss it!

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Os Mutantes, Brazil's answer to psychedelic-era Pink Floyd, are re-forming to play in Britain. Peter Culshaw meets one of pop's weirdest cult legends


Arnaldo Baptista is telling me why South American music can be so compelling - "It's the historical mix, Incas, Africans, Europeans and beings from outer space."

I beg his pardon. "Oh, yes, I have seen many flying saucers." Arnaldo is being perfectly serious.

Arnaldo and his brother, Sergio, were the creative heart of the wildest, but coolest band of the 1960s, Os Mutantes (the Mutants), born in the psychedelic fervour of the Tropicália movement in Brazil. People talk about cult bands, but there should be a separate category for Os Mutantes, who have had a fanatical following among music lovers for years.

The group imploded in the early '70s ("it was drugs and stupidity," says Sergio), but fans including Kurt Cobain, Beck and David Byrne kept the legend alive, and their global profile is now higher than it has ever been.

A version of the band is reforming for the Barbican's current Tropicália season, creating among Brazilians the kind of excitement that reforming the early version of Pink Floyd would have here. Many Brazilians are flying to London for the occasion.

The early-Floyd comparison works in that both bands were producing spacy pop at the height of the hippie era, and Arnaldo has often been compared to Syd Barrett. Both musicians burned out from an over-indulgence of hallucinogens and for a time in the '70s Arnaldo was in a mental hospital. Even now, as Sergio puts it, "you can't have a normal conversation with him. He's a genius. But then I imagine you couldn't have just chatted with Einstein about girls and football."

The two brothers are polar opposites, which may have been why the band worked so well in the first place. If Arnaldo is the spaced-out visionary, Sergio is articulate, organised and determined, and says things such as: "You can't be lazy, and you have to work hard to produce anything concrete in this life."

The fact that they are doing their first date as a reformed unit in London means a lot to Sergio and Arnaldo. It was in London that fellow Tropicálistas Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were exiled in 1969 at the time of the Brazilian military dictatorship and England - particularly the Beatles - provided much of the musical inspiration.

"Here, in Brazil, we receive information, but as if through a kaleidoscope," says Sergio. "We never get the full picture, which actually is a good thing. We collected bits and pieces and made our own quilt out if it - not just the Beatles, but black American music and the avant-garde music of the time."

The brothers were discovered as teenagers by Rogerio Duprat, who ended up being their George Martin. Their music is wildly eclectic, cannibalising everything from samba-rock, funk, cod-Latin pop, French chanson and Stockhausen.

Their saving grace is that, unlike most experimental musicians, they manage to be both intellectually and emotionally engaging. Some of their best tunes are touching love songs such as A Minha Menina or Caetano Veloso's Baby, even if the lyrics are often surreal ("You need to learn of swimming pools, of margarine, of gasoline").

For Os Mutantes fans, only the absence of the original singer of some of these songs, Rita Lee, who has been replaced by Zelia Dunca, will dampen their excitement at the reunion.

David Byrne's compilation of Os Mutantes's best music, Everything Is Possible!, which has just been re-released, catches the openness and optimism of the period.

To borrow from Wordsworth, bliss was it to be alive, but to be drug-addled Brazilian hippies was very heaven. There was a moment in the '60s in Brazil, even more so than in Europe, when large numbers of people genuinely believed the birth of a new society was imminent. And Os Mutantes was going to be the soundtrack of the revolution.

Over the past few months, the Barbican's season has demonstrated just how vital a force Tropicália was in '60s pop. Why does Sergio think the Tropicálistas and Os Mutantes are so popular again in Europe and America? "Maybe we were ahead of our time," he says. "But also, in some ways, it's like the 1960s again. The Iraq War is like Vietnam. And people are thirsty for pop music that is open and experimental."

For Arnaldo, there is no doubt that "it is time to expand our minds and move to the next level of evolution".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2006/05/18/bmmut18.xml

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'Why be normal?'

Brazilian rockers Os Mutantes were poised to take over the world, but they collapsed under the weight of 1960s free love and drugs. Now they're back. By Will Hodgkinson

Thursday May 18, 2006
The Guardian

There is a rich lineage of great musicians who have been discovered long after their due. The Buena Vista Social Club took 40 years to find an audience outside Cuba. When the English singer Vashti Bunyan released her debut album in 1970, it was met with such deafening indifference that it took her 36 years to get round to recording a follow-up. Had Nick Drake known that his dismal-selling albums from the early 1970s would become cult classics, he might still be with us today.

But perhaps the most dramatic revival story belongs to the Brazilian psychedelic band Os Mutantes. Formed in 1965 by Arnaldo and Sergio Dias Baptista, teenage brothers from Sao Paulo, and Arnaldo's girlfriend Rita Lee, Os Mutantes were Brazil's most inventive and irreverent rock'n'roll group. The trio became the backing band for Tropicália, the avant-garde movement formed by the singers Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso in 1967, but in the mid-1970s the band fell apart - not least because the two brothers argued over, of all things, guitars. By the 1980s, Os Mutantes had become a footnote in Brazil's history; outside Brazil, few got to hear of them at all.

"What has happened to Mutantes?" says Veloso, when I ask him about his old friends' late-flowering international success. "Everyone has gone crazy over them! When Gil and I were in England in the 70s, we would play people Mutantes records and the reaction would always be the same, 'It sounds like a Beatles rip-off.' We knew they were much more than that, but nobody else in England did ... until now."

Two decades after the band fell apart, the Baptista brothers are back together, rehearsing at Sergio's studio on the outskirts of Sao Paulo for next week's Os Mutantes concert in London. It will be the first time Os Mutantes have ever performed outside Brazil, and the first time the brothers have shared a stage since 1975. After that, they will be travelling across the US for a tour that is already mostly sold out. The US singer Devendra Banhart, a substantial name himself, wrote to Mutantes and asked if he could be their roadie. (They made him a support act for the London show.)

"It's been so great," says Sergio Dias, a toothy, cheerful, fiftysomething rocker who looks rather like a Brazilian version of Paul McCartney. "We've been working hard, Arnaldo is sounding better than I've ever heard him, and we're getting on so well. I asked God for a reconciliation with my brother because all of this bullshit between us had been going on for too long. And you know what? It happened!"

Sons of a poet father and a concert pianist mother, the Baptistas brought a deep musical knowledge and a literary grounding to a love of the Beatles that inspired them to form a band. The latter they shared with Rita Lee, the rebellious daugher of Italian-American immigrants. Together, they would perform Beatles songs with an orchestra on Brazilian TV, and it was here that they met the classical maestro Rogerio Duprat. He introduced them to the singer Gilberto Gil (now Brazil's minister of culture), who made Os Mutantes part of the Tropicalia movement. When Gil and Veloso were jailed and then exiled to England by Brazil's military dictatorship from 1969 to 1972, it was left to Os Mutantes to lead the country's psychedelic revolution, providing the hippy underground with its own anthem, Ando Meio Desligado (I'm Feeling Spaced Out). But they collapsed under the weight of free love and drug use in the years that followed.

Rita Lee left in 1974 to become a solo artist of stadium-filling popularity and questionable artistic merit, while Arnaldo Baptista had mental breakdowns; his brother Sergio worked as a session guitarist in the US. The brothers fell out (Arnaldo said that it was because Sergio liked Fender guitars while he favoured Gibsons) and by the 1980s Os Mutantes were either forgotten, or thought of as Rita Lee's old hippy band.

Why the revival? Mutantes became a hip name to drop after endorsements by Beck and Kurt Cobain in the early 1990s, but the cult only really got going after the 1999 release of Everything Is Possible!, a compilation put together by David Byrne on his label Luaka Bop. On the cover was a picture of three freaky teenagers joyously jumping in the air; the inner sleeve showed them dressed as aliens - and the music was equally intriguing. Ave, Lucifer was a tender, poetic ode to Satan while a cover of the Brazilian singer Jorge Ben's O Minha Menina (My Girl) turned the samba rock of the original into a garage-punk classic through the use of a bizarre effects pedal powered by a sewing machine, built by Sergio and Arnaldo's elder brother Claudio.

This inventiveness was at the heart of Os Mutantes' creativity. Frustrated at the lack of decent musical equipment in 1960s Brazil, the band had no choice but to find ways of re-creating the backwards tape sounds they heard on the Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows (by aiming a can of bug spray at the microphone) and Jimi Hendrix's wah-wah pedal (Claudio's wooh-wooh, which made Sergio's guitar sound as if it was going to be sick). Everything Is Possible! got the message out: while the Beatles and the Stones were making history, three teenagers from Brazil were fighting the twin forces of a military dictatorship and a lack of resources with surreal humour and ingenuity.

The fact that Rita Lee isn't playing with the Baptista brothers is a sign that not everything is resolved. Lee and Arnaldo Baptista met in 1964, both aged 16, at a high-school battle of the bands in Sao Paulo. They became sweethearts and, with Sergio on board, Os Mutantes were born. After Rita Lee stole the keys to the wardrobe departments of the TV shows they were appearing on, Os Mutantes' theatrical image was born, too. She would dress the band up as conquistadors for one appearance, witches for the next. "Everyone came to me for ideas," says Lee. "Why be normal when you can go where the nuts come from?"

The good times were not to last. Sergio dates the beginning of the end to the time Arnaldo took off on a motorbike across South America in 1970, leaving Lee behind. He returned to marry her on December 30 1971, the day she turned 24. The marriage was over by the time she was 25.

"I didn't leave. They chucked me out!" says Lee of her 1974 departure. Arnaldo, whose heavy LSD intake in 1971 was already affecting his mental health, remembers it differently. "Rita Lee put me in the madhouse." Why? "Because she wanted to go to Europe. I went to the madhouse five or six times over the next 10 years, and I was somehow disconnected with the world and I wanted to get out. So I jumped."

In 1982 Arnaldo attempted to escape from a psychiatric institution by jumping from a fifth-floor window. The fall put him in a coma for six weeks, but he emerged from it with his future wife Lucinha - a fan who had read about the fall in the press - by his side. Since then he has been making a slow recovery, living quietly in a small town in the state of Minas Gerais. He is philosophical about the forthcoming concert. "I am happy to be making music with my brother again. Maybe it doesn't matter that Rita Lee isn't doing it because we have this new girl now." (She has a name, too: Lia Duncan.)

The London concert fulfils a long-gestating dream of the Baptista brothers to play in the land that inspired them in the first place, and Sergio has been digging out Claudio's old contraptions to re-create the unique Mutantes sound. Until recently, the Baptistas were unaware of the cult that has been building up around their old band. "I didn't even know that we were booked to do the concert," says Sergio. "Nobody told me! The whole thing seemed to happen naturally, like a spontaneous combustion. At first I was pissed off. Now I think it's great because it would never have happened if it had been left to Arnaldo and me. In fact, it's some kind of a miracle".

· Os Mutantes play the Barbican, London EC2, on Monday May 22. Box office: 020-7638 8891.

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Shit, they change the newspaper page everyday. D'oh!

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OS MUTANTES - THE YOUTUBE VIDEOS:

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Barbican London, 22nd of May 2006 - Reunion gig snipetts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0pQijRbW3Y&search=mutantes

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The Sixties Videos:

Pannis et Circencis (Bread and Circus):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2EKghlmIyQ&search=mutantes


Fuga #2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJCR69qM8TM&search=mutantes


2001 (w/ Gilberto Gil on accordeon):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtmtCbFGzhk&search=mutantes


Gilberto Gil and Os Mutantes, Domingo no Parque (Sunday in the Park):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYfREuIGrVA&search=mutantes


Banho de lua (version 1):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DIS6lCSJmk&search=mutantes


Quem tem medo de brincar de amor (Who is afraight to play love):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob-eFvI2_ew&search=mutantes

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Other related videos:

Os Mutantes Documentary Movie Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO4cUtWGmrQ&search=mutantes


A customized clip version of El Justiciero:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8GjFkMQyLM&search=%22os%20mutantes%22


A Patrulha do Espaço (The Space Patrol band) plays Ando Meio Desligado:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPbNby6HyCo&search=mutantes

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