Os Mutantes are a longtime musical favorite of mine. I can't get enough of their totally unique sound which draws upon a rich spectrum of multiple influences and produced timeless and incredible music.
Their official website (www.mutantes.com) provides this biographical info for the band "Initially a group was formed in São Paulo in the 60’s, it had several different formations and names (Wooden Faces, Six Sided Rockers, O Konjunto, O'Seis) until it is consolidation as a trio, Sérgio Dias, Arnaldo Baptista e Rita Lee. They performed as Os Mutantes, at 1966, in a television show. Next year, they maded second place at the Record TV festival, performing with Gilberto Gil’s Domingo no Parque’. In 1968, they’ve recorded the classic LP called ‘Tropicália ou Panis et Circencis’ with Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé e Nara Leão. At the same year, they launched their first LP, with the hits ‘Bat Macumba’ (Gilberto Gil), ‘Panis et Circencis’ and ‘A Minha Menina’ (Jorge Ben).
Os Mutantes were recognized as the most musically creative group with an attitude of debauchery and irreverence. They have played in France at 1969 and launched their second album. They participated in other festivals, performing with Caetano Veloso at 1968 in ‘É Proibido Proibir’ and performing solo with ‘Dom Quixote’ and ‘2001’, and at 1970 with ‘Ando Meio Desligado’.
The historic show ‘Planeta dos Mutantes’, held in 1969 at the Casa Grande Theatre, in Rio de Janeiro, have established the group on the innovative rock scene of brazilian music. In 1972, they have launched ‘Mutantes e Seus Cometas no País dos Baurets’, album with one of their greatest hits, ‘Balada do Louco’.."
Since today is my 40th birthday, I thought I'd highlight Os Mutantes since tickets to their upcoming local appearance were part of my birthday treat to myself, along with a couple of pricey late 50s and early 60s Louvin Brothers records. Also seems fitting because the following clips are also 40 years old.
This footage comes from a 1969 (or is it 1970?) Brazilian television appearance from Os Mutantes and it's interesting to watch the audiences reaction to the Mutantes sound. Not too many folks seem into it and reactions range from puzzlement to disdain.
Panis Et Circenses
Quem tem Medo de Brincar de Amor
Preciso Urgentemente Encontrar Um Amigo
Panis Et Circenses again
here's some bonus Mutantes...
Dois Mil e Um - 1968 - from a festival appearance
a little bit of Banho de Lua - 1967/68?
A Minha Menina - from their 1968 self titled debut record
Ando Meio Desligado - live - 1971
Tecnicolor - from their 1971 release Jardim Eletrico/Eletric Garden
Os Mutantes documentary