Televisão

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Televisão
Capa 2.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1985
Recorded1985
GenrePost-punk, new wave
LabelWEA
ProducerLulu Santos
Titãs chronology
Titãs
(1984)
Televisão
(1985)
Cabeça Dinossauro
(1986)
Singles from Televisão
  1. "Televisão"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Insensível"
    Released: 1985

Televisão (Television) is the second studio album by Brazilian rock band Titãs, released in 1985 via WEA.[1] It is the first album to feature drummer Charles Gavin, following André Jung's departure in the previous year.[2]

Televisão was conceived to mimic a television, in that each track represented a channel, i.e. tracks would navigate between musical genres just like different kinds of programs could be watched by switching channels.[1][3] The cover picture wasn't edited so it would look like a TV screenshot; the band was effectively filmed by a camera and the images were broadcast to a television, and the photographer took a picture of its screen.[4]

It was the band's first album produced by Lulu Santos, who was chosen in order to create a different sound from other Brazilian rock bands of that time.[1]

In 1998, when asked about the destiny of the character Dona Nenê from the homonymous song, the band said "it's a mystery as of today" and that "no one knows where she is".[5] During a performance of "Massacre" at Marília Gabriela's program, politician Jânio Quadros protested, saying "that wansn't music" and that it was "crap".[3]

The album sold a total of 100,000 copies,[6] but only 25,000 initially, which was considered a "relative failure" by the band.[7] In a 2006 article, vocalist and keyboardist Sérgio Britto commented that tracks such as "Televisão", "Massacre", "Pavimentação" and "Autonomia" hinted the musical direction the band would take in their next album, Cabeça Dinossauro.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsLead vocalsLength
1."Televisão" (Television)Arnaldo Antunes, Marcelo Fromer and Tony BellottoAntunes3:40
2."Insensível" (Insensitive)Sérgio BrittoBritto4:25
3."Pavimentação" (Pavement)Paulo Miklos and AntunesMiklos2:25
4."Dona Nenê" (Mrs. Nenê)Branco Mello and Ciro PessoaMello3:35
5."Pra Dizer Adeus" (To Say Goodbye)Bellotto and ReisReis5:00
6."Não Vou Me Adaptar" (I Won't Adapt Myself)AntunesAntunes2:45
7."Tudo Vai Passar" (Everything Will Pass)Britto and FromerBritto3:40
8."Sonho com Você" (I Dream About You)Mello, Britto and PessoaMello3:05
9."O Homem Cinza" (The Grey Man)ReisReis3:40
10."Autonomia" (Autonomy)Miklos, Antunes and FromerMiklos2:55
11."Massacre" (slaughter)Britto and FromerMiklos, Britto, Mello and Antunes1:40

Personnel[edit]

Guest performances

Singles[edit]

"Televisão"[edit]

"Televisão" was released as the second single by Titãs in 1985. It would be later used as the credit music for Beyond Citizen Kane. Its chorus refers to someone named Cride - such person did exist; he was Euclides Gomes dos Santos, a close old friend of comedian Ronald Golias.[8] Even though the song was released in 1985, it wasn't until 2014 that he met the band personally, when they performed in his hometown São Carlos - he would die in the next year, at the age of 88.[8]

The song is "a critical view of the screen present in our daily lives in a manner at times suffocating"[9] and it debates the role of television in the one's dumbing down process, though allowing one to notice they're a victim of this process.[1]

The song is the opening theme of Tá no Ar, of Rede Globo, since its debut season in 2014. From Season 4 on, in 2017, a cover by Lulu Santos was implemented.[10]

"Insensível"[edit]

"Insensível"
Insensivel Cover.jpg
Single by Titãs
Released1985
GenrePost-punk
LabelWEA
Songwriter(s)Sérgio Britto
Producer(s)Lulu Santos
Titãs singles chronology
"Televisão"
(1985)
"Insensível"
(1985)
"AA UU"
(1986)

"Insensível" was released as the third single by the band in 1985. An acoustic version of the song was later recorded and released on Volume Dois.

The music video of "Insensível" shows the band performing on top of a building, with TV monitors behind them. From the half of the video on, a woman (presumably a geisha, given her very white face, red lips and Japanese eyes) starts appearing in the monitors.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."Insensível" (Insensitive)Sérgio Britto4:25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gonçalvez, Marcos Augusto (19 June 1985). "No ar, o LP que troca de canal". Folha de S.Paulo. Grupo Folha. 20.591: 39. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  2. ^ Reis, Luiz Felipe; Lichote, Leonardo (20 October 2016). "Peça e livro celebram os 30 anos de 'Cabeça dinossauro', dos Titãs". O Globo (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro: Grupo Globo. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Nando Reis - 50 fatos sobre os Titãs. YouTube. 11 November 2020. Event occurs at 28:50-30:00 (Televisão); 30:54-31:17 (Massacre). Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  4. ^ Naspolini, Gilson (7 August 2020). CHARLES GAVIN: A Produção do "CABEÇA DINOSSAURO" ao "JESUS NÃO TEM DENTES[...]" (Entrevista Parte 1). Canal de Gilson Naspolini. YouTube. Event occurs at 01:12-11:32. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Leia entrevista com os Titãs publicada na Folha em 98". Folha de S.Paulo. Grupo Folha. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  6. ^ Titãs biography at Allmusic
  7. ^ a b Britto, Sérgio (November 2006). "Cabeça Dinossauro". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Grupo Spring de Comunicação.
  8. ^ a b Moreira, Rene (12 June 2015). "Refrão de música e bordão da TV, Cride morre em São Carlos". O Estado de S. Paulo. Grupo Estado. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  9. ^ França, Jamari (19 June 1985). "Uma banda sofisticada e brega" (PDF). Jornal do Brasil. Ano XCV - nº 220: 15. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Lulu Santos e paródia das Kardashian dão mais irreverência ao "Tá no Ar"". Gente. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.