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Gang 90 & As Absurdettes – 1981 – Perdidos na Selva – single

As I couldn’t find the single I’m up with some video. (It takes time to find, but soon).

Gang 90 & As Absurdettes is considered to be – along with Blitz – the predecessor of all Brazilian New Wave bands in the 80s.

DJ and journalist Júlio Barroso who had lived in New York decided to launch a band styled after the ones he had known there and the band succeeded after they had taken part in a famous Brazilian Pop Music Festival (MPB SHELL 81) and one of their songs was chosen as a popular soap opera soundtrack.

Julio Barrsoo died in June 1984, but keyboardist Taciana Barros went on to release two more albuns before they finally split up.

artists who took part in the project were:  Júlio BarrosoAlice Pink PankLobãoMay EastLonita Renaux (Denise Barroso)Luíza Maria,Wanderley TaffoGuilherme ArantesLee MarcucciGigante BrasilHerman TorresOtávio FialhoLuiz Paulo SimasTaciana BarrosBeto FirminoGilvan GomesPaulo Le Petit, Curtis.



NAU (1986) by NAU


This álbum – NAU – brings us 11 deliciously urban tracks with heavy guitars that shows the metal influences of the guitar player Zique, and gives away to a psychedelic atmosphere that was a little low profile that time.

Female singer Vange Leonel with her beautiful voice and much sensuality guides throughout this record.

The hard atmosphere of this album makes me avoid the term ‘new wave’ to describe it, but in 1986 nobody paid attention to that.

This band (also called NAU) is a one album band, but as a real pearl it belongs to the treasure chest and stands as a witness of the richness of the Brazilian post-punk bands in the 80s

Vange Leonel – Vocals
Zique – Guitars
Beto Birquer – bass
Mauro Sanches – drums

download – click on the cover

Tecnicolor (2000) Mutantes

recorded in 1970 - Released in 2000

recorded in 1970 – Released in 2000


Mutantes ( Mutants) are not a post-punk band. They were not even punks or the like. As a matter of fact they were more a psychedelic and progressive band than anything else.

But they were already playing in their hometown (São Paulo) as early as 1966 and in 1968 would take part, along with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Nara Leão of the most revolutionary movement of the Brazilian pop music (MPB) ever, the Tropicália.


They were Arnaldo Baptista (bass, keyboards, vocals), Rita Lee (vocals) and Sérgio Dias (guitar, bass, vocais). Also played Liminha (bass) and Dinho Leme (drums).

This album Tecnicolor was recorded in France in 1970, but Polydor, who owned the rights decided not to release it due to its lyrics be sung in many different languages. Also the previous album ‘do A ao Z’ was not released because it was composed and recorded while The Mutantes were totally stoned with LSD.

This Mutantes episode is emblematic of the poor relationship between the businessmen and the artistry in Brazil let alone the Mutantes struggled in hard dictatorship times.

Rita Lee is the major rock singer in Brazil to present and Arnaldo and Sérgio are acknowledged all over the world as one of the greatest rock heroes of the world.

This album was finally released in the year 2000

Curiosity – the cover art and handwriting is Sean Lennon’s.

Mutantes’ Official Site


Kid Abelha – 2 albuns (1984 and 1987)

All over the world the names Talking Heads and B 52s are among the most remembered bands when it comes to ‘new wave’ and from the sunny Rio de Janeiro City they come Kid Abelha and the Abóboras Selvagens.

Sweet and dancy melodies sung by the sex bomb Paula Toller and played by her mates Leoni, George Israel and Bruno Fortunato.

First album - they came to stay

First album - they came to stay

They’re still playing to-day (Leoni fled) with about 20 albuns issued since 1984 proving that they’re more than just beautiful people.

Here we have the first album Seu Espião (Your Spy) and the third one Tomate (Tomato)

critics acclaimed 'best album'

critics acclaimed 'best album'

Ask your sweetheart a dance tonight.

Download – on the covers

Original links: Kju13 e Bomba Rock