Fellini (band)

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Origin São Paulo City, São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Post-punk, MPB, samba rock, experimental music, art rock
Years active 1984-1990
1992 (as Funziona Senza Vapore)
Labels Baratos Afins, Wop-Bop Records, Midsummer Madness
Associated acts Voluntários da Pátria, Smack, The Gilbertos, Funziona Senza Vapore
Past members Cadão Volpato
Jair Marcos
Ricardo Salvagni
Thomas Pappon
Celso Pucci (a.k.a. Minho K.)

Fellini was a Brazilian post-punk band formed in São Paulo City, São Paulo, in 1984. It consisted of Cadão Volpato (vocals), Jair Marcos (guitar), Ricardo Salvagni (drums and percussion), and former Voluntários da Pátria and Smack member Thomas Pappon (bass and occasionally other instruments). One of the most influent bands of the Brazilian underground post-punk scene of the mid-1980s (and having a cult following to this day), they were known for their sonority that mixed post-punk with other genres such as MPB, New Wave and samba rock, thus having a unique, almost non-descript musical style.

Fellini was first disestablished in 1990, but re-established in 2001 and ending once more in 2010.


Fellini was founded in 1984 by Cadão Volpato, Thomas Pappon and Celso Pucci (or Minho K.), being later joined by Jair Marcos and Ricardo Salvagni. The band's name was suggested by Thomas Pappon during a brainstorm; he wanted the band to have a "weird, funny-sounding" name (in contrast to the "serious" and "gloomy" names Brazilian post-punk bands had at the time), and chose Fellini in a homage to Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini and to The Stranglers' album Feline, one of Fellini's major influences.[1] The band performed their first show at the now-defunct Bar Albergue, located at the 13 de Maio Street, in the bairro of Bixiga. However, Minho K. could not play at the gig because he was drunk at the time, passed out and could not wake up. He left the band afterwards.[2] It is worth noting that the show was realized on a May 18, the fourth anniversary of Joy Division front-man Ian Curtis' suicide.

In late 1984, Fellini obtained a contract with independent record label Baratos Afins, and released their debut album, O Adeus de Fellini, in 1985, which contained underground hits such as "Rock Europeu" and "Funziona Senza Vapore". It would be followed by 1986's Fellini Só Vive 2 Vezes, 1987's 3 Lugares Diferentes (which Cadão Volpato says it was their best album so far, and their last to be released by Baratos Afins) and 1989's Amor Louco. However, the band broke up in 1990, with Cadão Volpato saying because he was tired of so much work, and because of his "intellectual pretensions". Also, Thomas Pappon moved to Germany (and later to England) in the same year, leaving Fellini to form alongside his wife Karla the duo The Gilbertos.[3]

Fellini briefly regrouped in 1992, under the moniker Funziona Senza Vapore, with Stela Campos replacing Pappon. They recorded also in 1992 a homonymous obscure album, that was only released in 2002.[4]

After a 11-year hiatus, Fellini returned in 2001, with the album Amanhã É Tarde, and in 2003 they played at the TIM Festival alongside Beth Gibbons and Los Hermanos, subsequently doing some other sporadic shows. In 2010 they released a compilation featuring re-recordings of previous songs, Você Nem Imagina, before breaking up again.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
1985 O Adeus de Fellini
1986 Fellini Só Vive 2 Vezes
  • Label: Baratos Afins
1987 3 Lugares Diferentes
  • Label: Baratos Afins
1989 Amor Louco
  • Label: Wop-Bop Records
2001 Amanhã É Tarde


Featured the song "Cê Tá Pensando que Eu Sou Lóki?"

Featured the songs "Zum Zum Zum Zazoeira" and "Rock Europeu"

Featured the songs "Funziona Senza Vapore" and "Teu Inglês"

A digitally-released bootleg compiled by Thomas Pappon, featuring previously unreleased songs and demos


Other releases[edit]

Unreleased songs[edit]

  • "Milho" ("Corn")[5]
  • "Mosca" ("Fly")[6]


Manguebeat band Nação Zumbi, while being still led by the now-deceased Chico Science, made a cover of Funziona Senza Vapore's song "Criança de Domingo" ("Sunday Child"), that was included in the CD re-release of their 1996 album Afrociberdelia. Science was noted for being a huge fan of Fellini.


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