Thursday, 14 June 2007


With Amerie's "Take Control" inadvertently bringing Tropicália back into the public consciousness it seems like a good opportunity to go a bit psychedelic.

Tropicália was a brief musical and visual arts movement in Brazil lead by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Rogério Duprat, Os Mutantes, Gal Costa, Nara Leão and Tom Zé which ended almost as soon as it began with Veloso and Gil’s arrest and subsequent imprisonment by the military government in 1968.

The eclectic musical spirit of Tropicália captured the hearts and minds of a generation in Brazil but never really saw any success elsewhere although many have cited its influence since. A mix of pop-psyche, prog rock, bossa and poetry Tropicália songs were aesthetically daring and sporadically brilliant and include well known songs like "Baby" by Tropicalia ou Panis Et Circensis and "Alfômega" by Caetano Veloso.

For this posting we will visit Tom Zé's "Jimmy, Renda-se" which will be instantly recognisable to many and Os Mutantes' "Jardim Elétrico" which is probably less so but is just as awesome.

Jardim Elétrico

Jimmy, Renda-se

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