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Os Mutantes

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São Paulo, Brazil (1966 – present)

Os Mutantes were formed in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1966 by brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Dias and lead singer Rita Lee. Active during the Tropicalia movement of the late 1960s, they took Brazilian music and fused it with British rock and American psychedelia to create a distinctive, vibrant sound. Along with Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Tom Zé, they helped define the Tropicália movement.

While still in high school, Rita Lee teamed with brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Dias Baptista to form the band. A trio of brash musical experimentalists, the group fiddled with self-made instruments, distortion, feedback, musique concrète, and studio tricks of all kinds to create a lighthearted, playful version of extreme Brazilian music. This was their best creative moment.

While Gil and Veloso were first imprisoned and then exiled to England during the military dictatorship in Brazil (1969-1972) the Mutantes left the Tropicália movement, adding a more psychedelic flavour to their sound.

The 70s seemed to be a time of great upheaval for the band, both creatively and personally. They left behind their “tropicalist” roots and made their first lysergic trip which resulted in the album “Jardim Elétrico” (Eletric Garden) and “O Primeiro Dia do Resto da Sua Vida (rare album - title translates as “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”). With influences of the progressive band Yes the trio (with Liminha at the bass and Dinho at the drums) made their last album together “Os Mutantes e Seus Cometas no País dos Bauretz”.

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