Friday, February 10, 2012

Prick Tunes: Os Mutantes "A Minha Menina" and "Baby"

The movie I was watching (Somewhere) ended and the Brazilian Butt Lift infomercial came on, which got me to thinking about the fact that I'd not talked about any Brazilian music around here. What better place to start than the seminal Brazilian psych-rock band Os Mutantes?

Part of the Tropicália movement of the late 1960s, they took a 28-year hiatus from touring before hitting the road once again in 2006. The first video is from a performance at KEXP in the Bumbershoot Music Lounge in 2009. "A Minha Menina" is originally from their 1968 self-titled debut.

The next song is their second run at their tune "Baby." Their first hack at the Caetano Veloso*-penned tune was a very psychedelic take on the song and was found on their aforementioned debut. The second time around saw them singing the tune in English and taking an approach much more akin to that of a lounge act. Both have original member of the band Rita Lee, who has not rejoined her former bandmates on their tours since reuniting.

*Caetano Veloso was another prominent Tropicália contemporary of Os Mutantes who, along with Gilberto Gil, was exiled from Brazil for two years starting in 1970.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Dear Os Mutantes fan,

The time has come.  Please join us on facebook and "like" our new page,, as we kick off an all-out campaign to finally bring our animated film on Os Mutantes to the big screen!!  If you love the music of Os Mutantes as much as we do, and feel they deserve the greatest rock 'n roll film of the 21st century, please join our crusade to turn on the entire world to this legendary band.

To show the world how many people demand to see this movie, we really need you to join our facebook page ASAP, and get this page up to a million "likes" (we know you're out there). To further entice you, I'll regularly post updates on the progress of the film, as well as lots of obscure and never-before seen footage of Os Mutantes, Tropicalia, and all things connected to the psychedelic world of Brazil in the '60s and '70s.

Our facebook page is just the beginning.  We have so much exciting news to share in the months ahead. Please "like" our page, and take the first step in turning the creation of this film into a full-blown Os Mutantes movement!! 

Much Love,
Jeff McCarty
Director, Bread and Circuses

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