Pato Fu

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Pato Fu
Pato Fu, August 2008.
Pato Fu, August 2008.
Background information
OriginBelo Horizonte, Brazil
Years active1992–present
LabelsCogumelo Records, Plug / BMG, Epic / Sony BMG, Rotomusic
MembersFernanda Takai
John Ulhoa
Ricardo Koctus
Richard Neves
Glauco Nastácia
Past membersXande Tamietti
Dudu Tsuda
Lulu Camargo

Pato Fu is a Brazilian indie rock band from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. The band was formed by lead singer & rhythm guitarist Fernanda Takai, lead guitarist John Ulhoa and bassist Ricardo Koctus, in September 1992. Long-time drummer Xande Tamietti left the band in 2014, being replaced by Glauco Nastácia; keyboardist Richard Neves replaced Lulu Camargo in 2016. The band is also famous for their 2010 album Música de Brinquedo, which was written using only toy instruments. It was at one point included with U2 and Radiohead in a list of the 10 best bands in the world, according to Time magazine.[1]


Their first album, Rotomusic de Liquidificapum, was released in 1993, followed, since then, by other eight releases: Gol de Quem? (1995), Tem Mas Acabou (1996), Televisão de Cachorro (1998), Isopor (1999), Ruído Rosa (2000), MTV ao Vivo: No Museu de Arte da Pampulha (2002), Toda Cura para Todo Mal (2005), and Daqui Pro Futuro (2007), and with launch scheduled for 2010, Música de Brinquedo. The band's popularity began to increase simultaneously with two other groups from Belo Horizonte, Jota Quest and Skank. The band plays in alternative rock style, but resorting frequently to experimental music elements. Pato Fu is frequently said to be influenced by Os Mutantes, a famous Brazilian tropicalist group from the 1960s, probably because of the experimentalism found in both bands' songs. Their music is influenced by Devo, The Cure, Radiohead, Pizzicato Five, Super Furry Animals and also Brazilian Popular Music, among various others. Takai once said her singing is influenced by Suzanne Vega, of whom she is a fan.

Takai and Ulhoa are married and had a daughter, Nina, in 2003.

The band name is from a Garfield comic strip. Garfield attacked the mailman with his "Cat Fu" techniques. The band liked the wordplay, but decided to change Gato (cat) to Pato (duck). Coincidentally or not, the expression had also previously appeared in the Brazilian translation of the Howard the Duck movie, as the translation to the term "quack-fu".

The band celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2003 with the release of MTV ao Vivo: No Museu de Arte da Pampulha, a live performance with some of their most famous songs.

In 2010, Pato Fu recorded an album of Brazilian and international rock classics played only with toy instruments called Música de Brinquedo, which generated a positive response from the public. Songs such as "Live And Let Die" and "Rock And Roll Lullaby" were present. A live DVD, called Música de Brinquedo Ao Vivo, was recorded in 2011.

In 2015, their album Não Pare Pra Pensar was nominated for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Brazilian Rock Album category.[2]

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members
Touring members


Studio albums
Live albums


Year Single Album
1993 "Rotomusic de Liquidificapum" Rotomusic de Liquidificapum
"O Processo de Criação Vai de 10 até 100 Mil"
"Meu Pai, Meu Irmão"
1995 "Mamãe Ama É o Meu Revolver" Gol de Quem?
"Sobre o Tempo"
"Qualquer Bobagem"
1996 "Pinga" Tem Mas Acabou
"O Peso das Coisas"
1998 "Antes Que Seja Tarde" Televisão de Cachorro
"Eu Sei"
"Canção pra Você Viver Mais"
1999 "Depois" Isopor
"Made in Japan"
"Perdendo Dentes"
2001 "Eu" Ruído Rosa
"Menti Pra Você, Mas Foi Sem Querer"
2002 "Por Perto" MTV ao Vivo - Pato Fu no Museu de Arte da Pampulha
"Não Mais"
2005 "Uh Uh Uh, La La La, Ié Ié!" Toda Cura para Todo Mal
"Sorte e Azar"
2007 "Cities in Dust" Daqui Pro Futuro
"30.000 Pés"
"Nada Original"
"Tudo Vai Ficar Bem"
2010 "Rock and Roll Lullaby" Música de Brinquedo
"Todos Estão Surdos"
"Live and Let Die"
"Primavera (Vai Chuva)"
2011 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Música de Brinquedo Ao Vivo
"Sobre O Tempo"


Fernanda Takai, lead singer of the band.
  • "Sobre o Tempo" (from Gol de Quem?)
  • "Pinga" (from Tem Mas Acabou; the song's name refers to a Brazilian drink, cachaça)
  • "Canção pra Você Viver Mais" (from Televisão de Cachorro; a tribute to Takai's father)
  • "Antes Que Seja Tarde" (from Televisão de Cachorro)
  • "Made in Japan" (from Isopor; sung almost entirely in Japanese. It was written in Portuguese by John and translated by a Japanese teacher. Its video clip is a tribute to old Japanese Sci-Fi movies and a satire against Americanization, winning a Brazilian VMA award). The chorus comes from the song Mah Nà Mah Nà (see the article's "external links" section).
  • "Depois" (from Isopor)
  • "Perdendo Dentes" (from Isopor)
  • "Eu" (from Ruído Rosa; a tribute to theremin)
  • "Ando Meio Desligado" (from Ruído Rosa; Os Mutantes cover)
  • "Por Perto" (from MTV ao Vivo)
  • "Uh Uh Uh, Lá Lá Lá, Ié Ié!" (from Toda Cura para Todo Mal)
  • "Sorte e Azar" (from Toda Cura para Todo Mal)
  • "Anormal" (from Toda Cura para Todo Mal)
  • "Rock And Roll Lullaby" (cover, toy instruments)


  1. ^ Time (magazine)
  2. ^ "La lista completa de nominados a los Latin Grammy 2015". Infobae (in Spanish). 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.

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