Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Lost Classics Of The Brazilian Post-Punk Era

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My favorite record in the world right now is this absolutely enormous compilation of Brazilian post punk music from 1982 to 1988 entitled Não Wave. Featuring a handful of bands from São Paolo, it floored me the first time I listened to it. Here is a scene that was as vital as it's counterparts in the UK & New York No Wave scenes - the same edgy, art-rock meets funk, but shot through Brazilian culture - lyrics in Portuguese, the polyrhythms of Brazilian percussion, and lots of cuica. It's been a real blast trying to spot the influences of these bands - Talking Heads, PIL, The Slits, ESG, A Certain Ratio, Joy Division & New Order and on and on and on... I really cannot recommend this collection enough. Here are a couple of tracks to sample -

Ira! - Lá Fora Pode Até Morrer

Akira S & As Garotas Que Erraram feat. Holger Czukay - Sobre As Pernas

Then today when I was at the record shop I came across a new compilation from the great Soul Jazz label called The Sexual Life Of The Savages which is another look at same São Paolo scene! Turns out the Akira S tune posted today is on this too - I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but I'm sure you'll be reading and hearing about it on these pages soon!


ALJ said...



Paulo X said...

The other day, Matthew at Fluxblog posted another track from the compilation -- Fellini's "Rock Europeu".

I'm glad people overseas are rediscovering these groups.

Paulo (who still owns a vinyl copy of Akira S's first record), in Brazil

20jazzfunkgreats said...

Yep yep - very much liking this stuff.

Think it was the ace


who posted the Fellini first, cheers for letting us know about the Nao Wave.