The fact that Os Mutantes was ahead of its time is well illustrated by the fascination of late 90s North American alternative-rockers with the bands mix-and-match aesthetic. Even in another language, the message is clear: everythings fair game. For all the tripped-out sounds of the late 60s, there is little to compare to Os Mutantes combination of pop packaging and avant garde weirdness.
Formed in 1965 by brothers Sérgio Dias (Sérgio Dias Baptista, 1 December 1951, São Paulo, Brazil) and Arnaldo Baptista (b. Arnaldo Dias Baptista, 6 July 1948, São Paulo, Brazil) and singer Rita Lee (b. Rita Lee Jones, 31 December 1947, São Paulo, Brazil) and with the technical expertise of another brother Cláudio behind them, the band first made a real impact backing singer Gilberto Gil at the 1967 TV Records song festival. They shocked the audience with their wild style and electric guitars. The...
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