Cabeça Dinossauro

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Cabeça Dinossauro
Studio album by Titãs
Released June 1986
Recorded March - April 1986 at Estúdio Nas Nuvens, Rio de Janeiro
Genre Punk rock, post-punk, new wave, funk rock
Length 38:41
Label WEA
Producer Liminha, Vitor Farias, Pena Schmidt
Titãs chronology
Cabeça Dinossauro
Jesus não Tem Dentes no País dos Banguelas
Singles from Cabeça Dinossauro
  1. "AA UU"
    Released: 1986
  2. "Polícia"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Homem Primata"
    Released: 1987
  4. "O Quê"
    Released: 1987
  5. "Bichos Escrotos"
    Released: 1987
  6. "Família"
    Released: 1987
  7. "Igreja"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Cabeça Dinossauro (Portuguese for Dinosaur Head) is the third studio album by Brazilian rock band Titãs. It was released in June 1986. The album's front and back covers were taken from sketches by Leonardo da Vinci.[2]

Background, accolades and re-release[edit]

Cabeça Dinossauro was the first Titãs album to be produced by Liminha, and the first of the band to receive a gold certification in December 1986.[3] In a 2012 interview, guitarist Tony Bellotto revealed he made a bet with vocalist Branco Mello: he would buy him a bottle of Jack Daniel's in case the album sold over 100,000 copies, since he though it would be a commercial failure. However, the album sold well, and Tony lost the bet.[4]

The album was a major departure of its two predecessors — the previous two albums were more centered in pop rock, while Cabeça Dinossauro had more punk rock, dance-punk and 2 Tone influences. Most of its lyrics contain contundent critics to the society and its components, such as Tony Bellotto's "Polícia" (criticizing the police), Nando Reis' "Igreja" (criticizing the Catholic Church) and "Estado Violência" (criticizing the lack of freedom of speech, in one of the first collaborations of then-drummer of the band Charles Gavin as lyricist).

The song "Bichos Escrotos" had originally been written in 1982 and was supposed to be part of the band's debut album, but it was censored by the Brazilian military government, and the band was thus unable to release it until Cabeça Dinossauro.[5] Even after the song was finally released, radio airplay was still prohibited, but the radio stations were receiving so many requests that they decided to play the song anyway and face the fines afterwards, because it the price was low enough to make it worth the disobedience.[5]

In 1997, Bizz magazine elected Cabeça Dinossauro as the best Brazilian pop rock album. In 2007, the Brazilian version of the magazine Rolling Stone elected it as the 19th most revolutionary Brazilian album of all time.[6]

In 2012, in order to celebrate the 25 years of the album's original release, Cabeça Dinossauro was re-released, fully remastered and with a bonus disc containing the original demos for the songs, plus a previously unreleased track, "Vai pra Rua", an outtake of the album.[4]

In the next year, the remaining members of the band recorded a video for the title song, using images from the movie Vai que Dá Certo.[7] Both the movie and the video will feature Brazilian actors and humorists Fábio Porchat, Gregório Duvivier, Bruno Mazzeo, Lúcio Mauro Filho, Danton Mello e Natália Lage.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Lead vocals Length
1. "Cabeça Dinossauro" (Dinosaur Head) Arnaldo Antunes, Branco Mello, Paulo Miklos Branco Mello 2:19
2. "AA UU"   Marcelo Fromer, Sérgio Britto Sérgio Britto 3:01
3. "Igreja" (Church) Nando Reis Nando Reis 2:47
4. "Polícia" (Police) Tony Bellotto Sergio Britto 2:07
5. "Estado Violência" (Violence State) Charles Gavin Paulo Miklos 3:07
6. "A Face do Destruidor" (The Face of the Destroyer) Arnaldo Antunes, Paulo Miklos Paulo Miklos 0:38
7. "Porrada" (Punch) Arnaldo Antunes, Sérgio Britto Arnaldo Antunes 2:49
8. "Tô Cansado" (I'm Tired) Branco Mello, Arnaldo Antunes Branco Mello 2:16
9. "Bichos Escrotos" (Freaky Critters) Nando Reis, Arnaldo Antunes, Sérgio Britto Paulo Miklos 3:14
10. "Família" (Family) Tony Bellotto, Arnaldo Antunes Nando Reis 3:32
11. "Homem Primata" (Primate Man) Marcelo Fromer, Ciro Pessoa, Nando Reis, Sérgio Britto Sérgio Britto 3:27
12. "Dívidas" (Debts) Branco Mello, Arnaldo Antunes Branco Mello 3:08
13. "O Quê" (What) Arnaldo Antunes Arnaldo Antunes 5:40
Bonus track on 2012 re-issue
No. Title Lyrics Lead vocals Length
1. "Vai pra Rua" (Go to the Streets) Arnaldo Antunes, Paulo Miklos Arnaldo Antunes 2:20



Additional personnel


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Leonardo da Vinci in Titãs' album cover (Portuguese)
  3. ^ Titãs - History (Portuguese)
  4. ^ a b Airan, Breno (13 July 2012). "Longe da extinção, os Titãs fazem show histórico hoje em Maceió". Tribuna Hoje (in Portuguese). Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b soares, Jô (21 July 2014). "Jô Soares entrevista a banda Titãs". Rede Globo (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Organizações Globo. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Lista dos 100 maiores discos da música brasileira pela Rolling Stone Brasil (Portuguese)
  7. ^ a b Bergamo, Mônica (24 March 2013). "Com 30 anos de estrada, Titãs se unem à nova geração do humor em filme e preparam disco". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). São Paulo: Grupo Folha. Retrieved 26 March 2013.