Fellini (band)

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Origin São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Post-punk, MPB, samba rock, experimental rock, art rock
Years active 1984-1990, 2002-2010
Labels Baratos Afins, Wop-Bop Records, Midsummer Madness
Associated acts Voluntários da Pátria, Smack, The Gilbertos, 3 Hombres, Funziona Senza Vapore
Past members Cadão Volpato
Jair Marcos
Ricardo Salvagni
Thomas Pappon
Celso Pucci (a.k.a. Minho K.)

Fellini was a Brazilian rock band formed in São Paulo in 1984. It consisted of Cadão Volpato (vocals, harmonica), 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 well-known bands of the Brazilian underground scene of the mid-1980s (and having a cult following to the present day), Fellini originally began as a straightforward post-punk band influenced by acts such as Joy Division, The Stranglers and The Durutti Column, but would gradually develop a more ecletic sonority that mixed post-punk with other genres such as MPB, new wave and samba rock, acquiring 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 coined 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" as a homage to The Stranglers' album Feline, one of Fellini's major influences alongside Joy Division and The Durutti Column.[1] Fellini performed their first show at the now-defunct Bar Albergue, in 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, and would die in 2002 of oral cancer.[2]

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 considers to be Fellini's finest album, and was also their last release via Baratos Afins) and 1990's Amor Louco. However, the band broke up in the same year, with Cadão Volpato alleging that he was tired of so much performances and wanted to give more emphasis on 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]

In 1992, Cadão Volpato formed a very short-lived "spiritual successor" to Fellini, called Funziona Senza Vapore (after Fellini's eponymous song, present in their debut album). It comprised original Fellini members Jair Marcos and Ricardo Salvagni, plus Stela Campos replacing Thomas Pappon. They recorded also in 1992 a homonymous obscure album, that was only released in 2002.[4]

After an 12-year hiatus, Fellini returned in 2002, releasing a new studio album, Amanhã É Tarde. 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
1990 Amor Louco
  • Label: Wop-Bop Records
2002 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"


Unreleased songs[edit]

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


Mangue Bit band Nação Zumbi, while being still led by 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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