Titãs

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Titãs
Titãs no palco.jpg
Titãs performing live in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, in 2006. From left to right: Paulo Miklos, Sergio Britto, Tony Bellotto, Charles Gavin and Branco Mello.
Background information
Origin São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Alternative rock, post-punk, pop rock, new wave
Years active 1981–present
Labels Warner Music Group
Walt Disney/Hollywood (US)
Abril Music
Sony Music
Arsenal Music
Som Livre
Associated acts Os Camarões
Kleiderman
Trio Mamão
Cabine C
Banda Performática
RPM
Ira!
Tribalistas
Nando Reis e os Infernais
Radio Taxi
Xutos & Pontapés
Website http://www.titas.net/
http://www.endino.com/titas/
Members Paulo Miklos
Tony Bellotto
Branco Mello
Sérgio Britto
Past members André Jung
Arnaldo Antunes
Nando Reis
Ciro Pessoa
Marcelo Fromer
Charles Gavin

Titãs (Portuguese pronunciation: [tʃiˈtɐ̃s]) are a rock band from São Paulo, Brazil. Their best-known line up is the one in the album Cabeça Dinossauro (1986): Nando Reis (bass guitar, vocals), Branco Mello (vocals), Marcelo Fromer (guitar), Arnaldo Antunes (vocals), Tony Bellotto (guitar), Paulo Miklos (sax, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Charles Gavin (drums) and Sérgio Britto (keyboards, vocals). Out of these, only Mello, Bellotto, Miklos, and Britto remain in the band as of today.

Titãs are one of the most successful bands in Brazil, having sold more than 6.3 million albums[1] and having been covered by several well-known Brazilian artists and a couple of international singers.[2] They were awarded a Latin Grammy in 2009 and have won the Imprensa Trophy for Best Band a record four times.

They started their career as a nine-member group. Apart from Reis, Mello, Fromer, Antunes, Bellotto, Miklos and Britto, they had also Ciro Pessoa as one of the lead singers. However, he quickly left the band even before the first album, Titãs, was released. André Jung was the initial drummer, but just after Titãs was released, he also quit and was replaced by Charles Gavin. From that moment on, the band would only lose but not gain any new members. In 1992, Antunes left Titãs to pursue a solo career. In 2002, Fromer died when a motorcycle rammed him at Europa Avenue, in São Paulo. Half an year later, Reis also left the group to focus on his solo albums. The most recent change was the departure of Gavin, in 2010, due to personal reasons. Since then he was replaced by a session drummer.

The band has released their latest album in June 2009, titled Sacos Plásticos (Plastic Bags).[3] The first single from the album was "Antes de Você" ("Before You"),[4] and it received radio airplay on May 7.[5] The second single was "Porque Eu Sei que É Amor" ("Because I Know It's Love") and it reached No. 16 at Brasil Hot 100 Airplay [6]

History[edit]

Beginnings and first works[edit]

Most of the band members met at Colégio Equipe in São Paulo at the end of the seventies and, after their first live performance at the school itself in 1981, the band began to perform live in several night clubs around the city. The first formation was: Arnaldo Antunes (vocals), Branco Mello (vocals), Marcelo Fromer (guitar), Nando Reis (bass), Paulo Miklos (sax and vocals), Sérgio Britto (keyboards and vocals), Tony Bellotto (guitar), Ciro Pessoa (vocals) and André Jung (drums). It was a pop/New Wave-styled band, with a rather conventional sound and odd looks, with tender and little ball neckties. In 1984, without Ciro Pessoa, who left over a disagreement about André Jung's drumming skills, the band signed with the WEA label to record their first album, Titãs, produced by Pena Schimdt, and featuring songs previously recorded with Pessoas's vocals. Although poorly promoted and hardly a success, the band spawned their first hit: "Sonífera Ilha", later recorded by singer Moraes Moreira.

In 1985, with Charles Gavin replacing André Jung on drums (the latter going on to Ira!), their second album, Televisão, produced by Lulu Santos, was released with tighter arrangements than their debut album. Not only was the title track a great hit, the album was more heavily promoted than the first one and brought more opportunities to the group.

Up to the Spotlights[edit]

In November 1985, Tony Bellotto and Arnaldo Antunes were arrested for heroin traffic and transportation.[7] The episode made so much of an impact in the band, the next album, Cabeça Dinossauro, released in June 1986, contained a lot of tracks criticizing the public institutions ("Estado Violência" and "Polícia"), as well as other "pillars" of the Brazilian society and indeed society in general ("Igreja" and "Família"). The heavy and punk-influenced rhythms and the forceful lyrics, characteristic of the band in this phase, are fully represented in this album which is considered by the critics one of the best works of the group and one of the landmarks of the Brazilian rock.

Jesus Não Tem Dentes No País Dos Banguelas, released at the end of 1987, continued in the same vein as the previous album in tracks like "Nome aos Bois", "Lugar Nenhum" and "Desordem", however adding samplers in tracks like "Corações e Mentes", "Todo Mundo quer Amor", "Comida" and "Diversão". After some international performances, the band recorded some of their hits in live Montreux Festival and released Go Back in 1988. The biggest hit to come out of Go Back was a live version of the song "Marvin" which is a re-invented version of "Patches" by Clarence Carter made famous by Elvis.

The producer Liminha (a former adjunct member of Os Mutantes) was always an important associate of the band since Cabeça Dinossauro, and this association arrived to its climax in Õ Blésq Blom, one of the most popular productions of the band by that time. Some of the prominence tracks: "Miséria", "Flores", "O Pulso" and "32 Dentes". One of the prominent features of this work was the special guest appearance of a couple of improvisors, called Mauro and Quitéria, discovered by the band in a beach in Recife.

The First Changes[edit]

The band had arrived to a decisive point in its history and the next album, Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora mark a strong yaw at the musicians' style, searching for heavier, alternative and authorial sound, along with scatological lyrics. The members themselves produced the album and the work was possibly the final reason for Arnaldo Antunes to leave for a solo career. The following album, Titanomaquia, in 1993, continued the previous work in a way, with heavy instrumentation and aggressive lyrics, only now produced by Jack Endino, producer of important bands like Nirvana, which contributioned for the grunge-influenced sound.

The MTV Unplugged Era[edit]

Titãs, as depicted in their MTV Unplugged album. Standing, from left to right: Marcello Fromer, Paulo Miklos, Branco Mello and Nando Reis. Sitting, from left to right: Sergio Britto, Charles Gavin and Tony Bellotto.

In 1995 the band decided to take a break for one year during which many of its members decided to work solo or work with other bands (most notably Nando Reis), or to do different activities. Tony Bellotto, for example, wrote his first book.

By releasing Domingo at the end of 1995, the band definitively took up a pop sound, but its popularity only reached a second climax on the commemorative work, Titãs - Acústico MTV (MTV Unplugged), their most successful album, released in 1997, which sold 1,7 million copies. Recorded Live, MTV Acustico not only revisited their career up to that point but it also had a song which became an immediate hit named "Pra dizer Adeus".

This record was followed by Volume Dois, modelled in the same way of their unplugged album, only recorded in studio.

The record of covers of others artists in As Dez Mais wasn't very sucssesful (despite Aluga-se's and Pelados em Santos' charting) and the band decided to make another interval in 2000.

On June 11, 2001 Marcelo Fromer was rammed by a motorcycle[8] in São Paulo and died two days later of Brain death.[9] It was a hard stroke to the band, which started recording their new album the day after. A Melhor Banda de Todos os Tempos da Última Semana was released at the end of 2001 and brought "Epitáfio" as the prominence song (a-side of the title track) which could represent the moment lived by the band that, after losing Marcelo Fromer, saw the departure of Nando Reis, who currently leads a successful solo career with many singles prominent in Brazilian charts (including songs penned for other artists) fronting his own band Nando Reis e os Infernais.

Regarding the death of Marcelo, this statement was published on June 20, 2001 at Titãs official site:[10]

Despite the pain that Marcelo's absence has caused, we have decided to enter the studio to record this record that we created and arranged together with him, about which we were -- and still are -- enthusiastic. We feel that the best way to overcome this difficult moment is to continue with what always held us together: the music. Once again, thanks for all the support and kindness from fans and friends.

After Nando's departure[edit]

The band hired the bassist Lee Marcucci (from Radio Taxi) to play in their album Como Estão Vocês? (How Are You?). As this album was released, the five remaining members continued to write the history of more than 20 years of the band. With self-help hits as "Enquanto Houver Sol", questions on relevance remain on Titãs' side, which faced declining sales and the ageing of their fanbase.

In 2005, they released another MTV-branded album, only this time in a non-acoustic live performance. This album generated a new hit for the group, called "Vossa Excelência", that basically criticizes the hypocrisy and lack of care from politicians, thus bringing the band back to its roots. It was seen as another opportunistic stunt by Brazilian critics, as the song was released exactly when Lula's government was facing manifold accusations of corruption.

On February 18, 2006, Titãs opened the Rolling Stones free concert at Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro for an audience of some 1.5 million people.[11]

In 2007, the band started a tour, entitled 25 Anos de Rock (25 Years of Rock), joining Os Paralamas do Sucesso to celebrate the 25th anniversary of both bands, as well as the 25th anniversary of the rising of 1980s Brazilian rock bands. The two line-ups played together most of the time on the shows, presenting also some invited musicians, like Arnaldo Antunes, Andreas Kisser and Dado Villa-Lobos. The concert in Rio de Janeiro, which took place at January 26, 2008, was recorded and filmed. The resulting CD and DVD from the show were released five months after.

Documentary and Sacos Plásticos[edit]

The band released a documentary of the 25 years of their career. The documentary features 90 minutes of images collected since the beginning of the band, including recording of albums, live performances, and more. It is titled "Titãs - A Vida Até Parece Uma Festa".[12]

For most of 2008 and early 2009, the band recorded their latest studio album, the Latin Grammy-winner[13] Sacos Plásticos. The album was released on June 3, 2009, through Arsenal Music. The producer, Rick Bonadio, had already worked with artists such as Fresno and NX Zero.[14] The first single from the album was "Antes de Você" ("Before You"). It was featured at the Caras & Bocas (current 19pm Rede Globo telenovela) soundtrack.[4] The second single was "Porque Eu Sei que É Amor" (Because I Know It's Love) which was featured in Cama de Gato (a Brazilian telenovela that also features the song "Pelo Avesso" as opening theme, from their 2003 album Como Estão Vocês?).

In an interview to Jornal da Tarde, and regarding the music of the new album, Bonadio stated:[15]

They have an endless talent. I don't want to make just another album of Titãs, don't want it to be similar to the others. I ended up proposing some electronic stuff, and they accepted it immedeatly. There are songs with no drums, songs with various electronic elements. That's an example of how to become mature and keep this professional conscience. They are ethic with their sound, but are not dumb.

Gavin's departure, tour and 30th birthday[edit]

On February 12, 2010, Titãs announced in their official website that drummer Charles Gavin would leave the band for personal reasons.[16] Gavin later stated that he was physically and mentally exhausted because of the tours and album releases.[17] The quartet continued their performances of the Sacos Plásticos tour with drummer Mario Fabre.[16]

During an interview, keyboardist Sérgio Britto said the band was planning to start recording a new album in 2011.[18] Nothing else was said since then, until March 2013, when they revealed they were starting to work on a new album, to be released in the second half of 2013.[19] The album will be self-produced, and, according to Britto, it will be "a mixture between Cabeça Dinossauro and Õ Blésq Blom.[19]

On January 2012, the band announced a live performance in company of ex-members Arnaldo Antunes, Nando Reis and Charles Gavin.[20] The show would celebrate the 30-year career of the band, and would include guest performances of other friends of the band, and may be released as a DVD.[20] According to vocalist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Paulo Miklos:[20]

We are going to call ex-Titãs and other great friends and contemporaries to a great party. Everyone who was part of our history will be invited. We cannot give more details, because we need to concatenate schedules to turn this dream of ours into reality.

The reunion took place on October 6, 2012, in São Paulo. For the first time since 1997's Acústico MTV, the seven original members of the band reunited for a one-night performance.[21] According to guitarist Tony Bellotto:[21]

We could savor their presence, since the backstage, during the sessions, until the show. It was very nice to remember of all that and to see that, even if they have their solo careers, they are with us.

Titãs Inédito and new album[edit]

As of 2013, Titãs has been performing new songs live, part of their Titãs Inédito (Titãs Unseen) tour.[22][23] They are planning to begin work on a new album on April or May 2014.[23] Miklos says the album is likely to be "heavy, dirty and mean".[23] Later, Britto confirmed that the album would be released in early May and that the band was already recording songs for it, but it was yet to be titled.[24] In March, radio Globo FM announced that the album would be actually released in April and would feature 14 tracks.[25] On April 16, the band announced that the album was ready and would be really released in May, via Som Livre records.[26]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Past members[edit]

Touring members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Number of records sold at País dos Banguelas
  2. ^ Titãs' covers by other artists at País dos Banguelas
  3. ^ Sacos Plásticos - Titãs official website
  4. ^ a b "Com novo álbum quase pronto, Titãs anuncia primeiro 'single'" (in Portuguese). Canal Pop. 2009-01-29. Archived from the original on 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  5. ^ Correa, Paola (2009-05-06). ""Antes de você" lança nova fase do Titãs" (in Portuguese). O Diário de S. Paulo. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  6. ^ Brasil Hot 100 Airplay
  7. ^ Titãs history at the official website
  8. ^ Rondon, José Eduardo (2001-06-12). "Marcelo Fromer, do Titãs, é atropelado em SP e está em estado grave" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Exames clínicos comprovam morte cerebral do músico Marcelo Fromer" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 2001-06-13. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  10. ^ MARCELO FROMER (03 Dec 1961 - 13 June 2001) - A True Titan - Jack Endino's official website
  11. ^ "Titãs ! Live in Concert ! Brazilian Rock !". SF Station. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  12. ^ Alencar, Juliana (2008-05-15). "Documentário sobre os 25 anos dos Titãs resgata história da banda em imagens inéditas" (in Portuguese). O Globo. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  13. ^ Los ganadores del Latin GRAMMY
  14. ^ Camargo, Raquel (2008-10-17). "Com gravadora nova, Titãs trabalha em seu próximo lançamento" (in Portuguese). Cifraclub.com. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  15. ^ Bezzi, Marco (2009-02-16). "'Los Hermanos é a banda mais chata que eu já escutei'" (in Portuguese). Jornal da Tarde. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  16. ^ a b "Comunicado Titãs". Titãs' official site. February 12, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  17. ^ Nascimento, André (14 February 2010). "Titãs: Charles Gavin revela motivos de saída da banda" (in Portuguese). Whiplash.net. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  18. ^ Campanharo, Carol; Marmo, Hérica (May 25, 2010). "Titãs: Sérgio Britto fala sobre a saída de Charles Gavin" (in Portuguese). Extra.com. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ a b c Matos, Carlos Eduardo (21 January 2012). "21/01/2012 22h29 - Atualizado em 21/01/2012 22h37 Titãs anunciam show de 30 anos com ex-integrantes no palco" (in Portuguese). Manaus: G1. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  21. ^ a b Antunes, Pedro (19 October 2012). "“Seria uma estupidez completar 30 anos e não comemorar”, diz Branco Mello, do Titãs" (in Portuguese). Rolling Stone Brasil. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Voltar Titãs - Inédito - Metrópolis 15/10/2013". Metrópolis (in Portuguese). TV Cultura. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c Bernardo, Kaluan; Luz, Camila. "Perdidos entrevista: Paulo Miklos (Titãs)" (in Portuguese).  More than one of |author= and |last= specified (help)
  24. ^ "O rock dos Titãs". Tribuna do Norte (in Portuguese). 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  25. ^ "Titãs vai lançar novo álbum em abril". Globo FM (in Portuguese). Organizações Globo. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "Announcement". Titãs' official Facebook page (in Portuguese). Facebook. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Troféu Imprensa 1987
  28. ^ Troféu Imprensa 1988
  29. ^ a b "Troféu Imprensa 1997" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  30. ^ Troféu Imprensa 1998
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h "Prêmio Multishow 2008" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  32. ^ Filme / Doc. Musical do Ano

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