Beginning in the progressive band Vímana, Lulu left the band and embarked on a solo career that produced several hits, such as "Tesouros da Juventude" (a tribute to John Lennon, written with Nelson Motta), "De Repente Califórnia", "Tempos modernos", "Adivinha o quê", the smash hit "Como uma Onda (Zen-surfismo)", another Lulu Santos/Nelson Motta partnership and "Um certo alguém". The 1984 album Tudo Azul brought the hits "O último romântico" (whose instrumental arrangement was heavely based on George Harrison's song "Greece", from the 1982 album Gone Troppo), "Certas coisas" and the title track.
In 1986, the album Lulu had "Casa" and "Um pro outro". Lulu sold 250,000 copies. The 1988 album Toda Forma de Amor had the optimistic song "A Cura" (with the lyrics "In every port will fly/the old flag of life/In every lighthouse will burn/a glimmer of hope...Strongly defying the notion/That hell is here/There will be/Every race will experience/The cure for all evils". "A Cura" was the most played song in FM radio in the year.