Jupiter Apple

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Jupiter Apple
Júpiter maçã.jpg
Jupiter Apple at a performance in Porto Alegre, 2007
BornFlávio Basso
(1968-01-26)January 26, 1968
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
DiedDecember 21, 2015(2015-12-21) (aged 47)
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Cause of deathMultiple organ failure
Resting placeCemitério Ecumênico João XXIII, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Other namesJúpiter Maçã
Woody Apple
OccupationSinger-songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, bassist, percussionist, keyboardist, record producer, film director, actor, screenwriter, ex-television presenter
Years active1984–2015
Notable workA Odisseia: Memórias e Devaneios de Jupiter Apple
Musical career
GenresExperimental rock, rockabilly, blues rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, art rock, folk rock, rock and roll, synthrock, space rock
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar, classical guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion instruments
LabelsAntídoto, Trama, Voiceprint Records, Marquise 51 Records, Elefant Records, Monstro Discos
Associated actsTNT, Os Cascavelletes, Os Pereiras Azuiz, Bibmo

Flávio Basso (January 26, 1968 – December 21, 2015), better known by his stage name Júpiter Maçã and by its English-language variation Jupiter Apple, was a Brazilian singer-songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, bassist, percussionist, keyboardist, record producer, film director, actor, screenwriter and former television presenter. Before beginning a prestigious solo career in 1994 he was already known for being a founding member of bands TNT and Os Cascavelletes, both pioneers of the Rio Grande do Sul rock scene in the mid- to late 1980s/early 1990s.[1]


Early years, TNT and Os Cascavelletes[edit]

Flávio Basso was born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, on January 26, 1968; his father was a physicist and his mother a teacher of German descent.[2] He learned by himself to play the classical guitar when he was 13 years old,[3] and cites Paul McCartney, Syd Barrett, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Brian Jones as some of his influences.[4] In 1984 he formed the rockabilly band TNT alongside his childhood friends Márcio Petracco, Felipe Jotz and Charles Master, being later joined by Nei Van Soria. TNT reached nationwide notoriety after their songs "Entra Nessa" and "Estou na Mão" were included in the 1985 compilation Rock Grande do Sul, made to promote rock bands from Rio Grande do Sul (such as Engenheiros do Hawaii, Os Replicantes, DeFalla and Garotos da Rua) and released by RCA Records.[5] In 1986, one year before TNT released their first studio album, Van Soria and Basso left the band due to creative divergences with RCA to form their own project, Os Cascavelletes,[6] which, despite its relatively short lifespan, managed to release one EP, one studio album and a demo. They self-described their irreverent style, characterized by comical and heavily sexually explicit lyrics, as "porno rock".[7] The band's most famous composition was the 1989 hit "Nêga Bombom", featured in the soundtrack of the telenovela Top Model.

Os Cascavelletes broke up in 1992. In 1993 Basso re-joined TNT to record the single "Você Me Deixa Insano/Tá na Lona", but definitely left them again the following year after a falling-out with Charles Master.[8]

Solo career[edit]

After his second departure from TNT, Basso began to perform solo, under the moniker "Woody Apple" (as an homage to musician Woody Guthrie and record label Apple Records, founded by The Beatles). It wasn't until 1995 when he adopted the stage name he became famous for, Júpiter Maçã (with "Júpiter" being an allusion to the fictional spaceship Jupiter 2, from one of his favorite TV series growing up, Lost in Space), and formed the very short-lived project Os Pereiras Azuiz; they only released a demo tape, Orgasmo Legal, before disbanding.[9] In 1997 he signed with independent label Antídoto to release his first solo full-length album, A Sétima Efervescência, which counted with guest appearances by his former Os Cascavelletes bandmates Frank Jorge and Alexandre Barea, and by Graforreia Xilarmônica guitarist Marcelo Birck; with a heavily psychedelic and experimental sonority comparable to Pink Floyd's 1967 debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the album was critically acclaimed at the time of its release[10] and in 2007 was ranked 96th at Rolling Stone Brasil's list of 100 Greatest Brazilian Music Records.[11] Its follow-up from 1999, Plastic Soda, came out through Trama, and unlike its predecessor, it was fully sung in English; to reflect this, Basso signed the album as Jupiter Apple. It was characterized by an increase in the experimental elements already present in A Sétima Efervescência, mixing psychedelic rock with bossa nova and jazz. Even though it also had a good reception, critics considered it a very hard album to listen to.[12] After the album's release Basso temporarily moved to England, returning to Brazil in 2002.

Hisscivilization, his third album, was released soon afterwards by Voiceprint Records, and was his most ambitious and elaborate work;[13] it is composed of 13 mostly instrumental tracks, the longest of which opens the album and is over 11 minutes long.[14] Basso experimented more with electronic music elements in this album, what polarized critics and fans alike.[15] In 2003 he moved to Europe once again – this time to Spain – alongside his then-domestic partner Bibiana "Bibmo" Morena to work on further material; after a 4-year hiatus, both returned to Brazil and he released alongside her the collaborative album Bitter through Monstro Discos.[16][17] Through Elefant Records and in the same year he released his fourth (and ultimately last) album, Uma Tarde na Fruteira.[18] It was re-issued in Brazil by Monstro Discos in 2008.

In 2006, six of Basso's songs – "Um Lugar do Caralho", "Querida Superhist x Mr. Frog", "Canção para Dormir", "The Freaking Alice (Hippie Under Groove)", "As Mesmas Coisas" and "A Marchinha Psicótica de Dr. Soup" – were included in the soundtrack of the animated film Wood & Stock: Sexo, Orégano e Rock'n'Roll, directed by Otto Guerra.

On November 23, 2011, Basso performed live at the Bar Opinião in Porto Alegre, accompanied by his newly founded supporting band, J.A.C.K. (an acronym for "Jupiter Apple Corporation and Kingdom"), at the time composed of Julio Sasquatt (drums), Julio Cascaes (electric guitar), Felipe Faraco (bass guitar) and Astronauta Pinguim (keyboards). A DVD of the performance, entitled Six Colours Frenesi, was released in 2014.[19][20] Also in 2014 he released the non-album single "Modern Kid".

On July 20, 2012, he accidentally fell off the second floor of the building where he lived, and fractured one of his wrists and a vertebra.[21] He was then admitted at the Hospital de Pronto Socorro de Porto Alegre, and eventually recovered after a successful surgery.[22]

His final releases were the digital singles "Constantine's Empires" and "They're All Beatniks", which came out through Marquise 51 Records in 2015. The first one is available for listening at the record label's official SoundCloud page.[23]

Alongside Tatá Aeroplano he wrote and directed the short film Apartment Jazz, which was broadcast for the first time by MTV in 2010.[24] In 2011 he appeared in "Kreuko", a segment of the anthology film Mundo Invisível, alongside José Wilker and Sônia Braga. In 2015 he began work on a second short, Jane's Nightmare; a trailer was uploaded to YouTube on July 15,[25] but the film was left unfinished following Basso's death. He also hosted the short-lived talk show Júpiter Maçã Show on MTV.

Basso played his final show on December 5, 2015 at the Panamá Studio Pub, in Porto Alegre.[26]

Death and legacy[edit]

Basso was known for his extravagant lifestyle and for his alcoholism and drug abuse (he claimed he took Diazepam and used LSD and cocaine on a regular basis), and on the later years of his life he was undergoing a treatment for cirrhosis. On December 21, 2015, he was found dead on the bathroom floor in his apartment;[27] his cause of death was later revealed as being multiple organ failure.[28] His funeral was held at the Teatro Renascença in Porto Alegre, and he was buried the following day at the Cemitério Ecumênico João XXIII.[29]

Commenting on his death, Basso's former Os Cascavelletes bandmate Frank Jorge said that he was a "tireless creator, a guy who broke away from all commonplaces and predictability".[30] Musician and poet Rogério Skylab has once stated that Basso was one of his major influences,[31] and besides interviewing him for his talk show Matador de Passarinho he has also covered his songs "Na Casa de Mamãe" (for Skygirls) and "Eu e Minha Ex" (for Trilogia dos Carnavais: 25 Anos de Carreira ou de Lápide). Former Os Replicantes vocalist Wander Wildner covered "Um Lugar do Caralho" for his 1996 solo debut Baladas Sangrentas. Rock band Ira! covered "Miss Lexotan 6mg Garota" for their 1998 album Você Não Sabe Quem Eu Sou.

Basso's semi-fictional autobiography, A Odisseia: Memórias e Devaneios de Jupiter Apple, co-written by Juli Manzi, was published posthumously by Azougue Editorial in 2016.[32] Work on the book began in 2014.[33] Another biography of the musician, Júpiter Maçã: A Efervescente Vida e Obra, written by journalists Cristiano Bastos and Pedro Brandt, was published on September 5, 2018 by Plus Editora.[34][35]

On July 4, 2016, Nei Van Soria released a song in tribute to Basso, entitled "Balada para Flávio". He originally wrote the song in November 2015, one month before Basso's death.[36]

As of September 2017, a documentary about Basso, entitled O Garoto de Júpiter, is being made. Directed by Biah Werther and produced by Gabriel Flag, its production is being crowdfunded through website Catarse.[37][38]

On January 29, 2018, friends of the musician performed a special show in his honor at the Bar Ocidente in Porto Alegre, to celebrate what would have been his 50th birthday on January 26.[39]

On April 2018 a vinyl deluxe edition of Basso's debut album A Sétima Efervescência came out through Monstro Discos.[40] Monstro Discos announced on November 2018 that a double-vinyl reissue of Uma Tarde na Fruteira was underway, scheduled to be released by January 2019.[41]


With TNT[edit]

Year Album
1985 Rock Grande do Sul (compilation)
  • Label: RCA Records
  • Format: Vinyl
  • Contributed with the songs "Entra Nessa" and "Estou na Mão"

With Os Cascavelletes[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Os Cascavelletes#Discography
Year Album
1989 Rock'a'ula

With Os Pereiras Azuiz[edit]

Year Album
1995 Orgasmo Legal (demo)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
1997 A Sétima Efervescência
  • Label: Antídoto
  • Format: CD, vinyl
  • Re-released in 2018 by Monstro Discos
1999 Plastic Soda
  • Label: Trama
  • Format: CD
2002 Hisscivilization
2007 Uma Tarde na Fruteira
  • Label: Elefant Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl
  • Re-released in 2008 by Monstro Discos

Collaborative album[edit]

Year Album
2007 Bitter
  • Label: Monstro Discos
  • Format: CD
  • Collaborative album with Bibiana "Bibmo" Morena

Video album[edit]

Year Album
2014 Six Colours Frenesi
  • Label: J.A.C.K. Records
  • Format: DVD
  • Recorded in 2011


Year Single Album
2014 "Modern Kid" Non-album song
2015 "Constantine's Empires" Non-album song
2015 "They're All Beatniks" Non-album song



  • A Odisseia: Memórias e Devaneios de Jupiter Apple (Azougue Editorial, 2016; co-written by Juli Manzi)


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  2. ^ Basso, Flávio; Manzi, Juli (2016). A Odisseia: Memórias e Devaneios de Jupiter Apple [The Odyssey: Jupiter Apple's Memoirs and Daydreams] (in Portuguese) (1st ed.). Azougue Editorial. ISBN 9788579202032.
  3. ^ Entrevista de Júpiter Maçã para a TV Limão Archived 2017-07-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Douglas Freitas, Gabriel Hoewell and Wesley Borges (December 2012). "Revista Bastião #15: Exageradamente Poeta" (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  5. ^ NewYeah.com ~ Rock Grande do Sul - 30 Anos (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ Carlos Eduardo Lima (September 28, 2014). "Cadê - TNT - TNT (1987)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Douglas Freitas, Gabriel Hoewell and Gilberto Sena (August 2011). "Revista Bastião #1: Com Quantos Paus se Faz Rock 'n' Roll" (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Daniel Peccini (April 6, 2006). "TNT (Brasil)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Demo-tapes Brasil: Júpiter Maçã & Os Pereiras Azuiz (1995) (in Portuguese)
  10. ^ Disco Furado: Júpiter Maçã "A sétima efervescência" (Antídoto, 1997) (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ "Listas - Os 100 Maiores Discos da Música Brasileira - A Sétima Efervescência - Júpiter Maçã (1996, Antídoto) - Rolling Stone Brasil" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  12. ^ Disco Furado: Jupiter Apple "Plastic Soda" (Trama, 1999) (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Matheus Donay (August 28, 2014). "O Notório Abacaxi: Jupiter Apple - Hisscivilization (2002)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Mofo - Jupiter Apple - Hisscivilization (in Portuguese)
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  16. ^ Gypsy Rose Produções: Bibiana Morena & Os Multicromáticos (in Portuguese)
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  18. ^ Rodrigo de Andrade (June 26, 2007). "Disco inédito do Júpiter Maçã sai na Espanha" (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  19. ^ Karen Waleria (June 22, 2014). "Júpiter Maçã lançando seu primeiro DVD" (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  20. ^ Álan Heluany (September 4, 2014). "Jupiter Apple: Informações sobre o DVD "Six Colours Frenesi"" (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
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  22. ^ "Músico Júpiter Maçã internado após cair de prédio". O Globo (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  23. ^ Jupiter Apple - CONSTANTINE'S EMPIRES
  24. ^ Jupiter Apple - Apartment Jazz
  25. ^ Trailer of Jane's Nightmare | A movie by Jupiter Apple
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  31. ^ Bate-papo com Rogério Skylab | Bate-papo UOL (in Portuguese)
  32. ^ Alberto Bombig (October 22, 2016). "Devaneios de Júpiter Maçã são externados em livro". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  33. ^ "As memórias e devaneios do Júpiter Maçã viraram um livro". Noisey (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
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  36. ^ "Nei Van Soria lança música em homenagem a Júpiter Maçã". Zero Hora (in Portuguese). Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  37. ^ "Documentário sobre Júpiter Maçã busca financiamento coletivo". Culturíssima (in Portuguese). September 16, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  38. ^ "O Garoto de Júpiter". Catarse (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  39. ^ "Amigos de Flávio Basso celebram a carreira solo do músico em tributo a Júpiter Maçã no Ocidente". Zero Hora (in Portuguese). January 28, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  40. ^ ""A Sétima Efervescência" ganha relançamento". RogerLerina.com.br (in Portuguese). April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  41. ^ "Uma Tarde na Fruteira, de Júpiter Maçã, será relançado em vinil duplo". Tenho Mais Discos que Amigos (in Portuguese). November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.

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