From Replicantes to Fu Wang Foo, 15 years of creativity

Too far away from major capitals, the gauchos have developed a particular way of making alternative rock, enabling the appearance of a legacy that does not exist in other states

Silvio Essinger
Apart from the pop band Engenheiros do Hawaii, the gaucho rock in the past 15 years is prodigal of insistant and creative bands who have hardly made it beyond the state's frontiers. The first step was the LP Rock Garagem 30'' excerpts , from 1984, which features the first ever registration of the punk band Replicantes (O Princípio do Nada) and of the bands Urubu Rei and Fluxo, which would later turn into Defalla. Two years later, the compilation Rock Grande do Sul ouvir 30s would come out on RCA, making Replicantes and Defalla known all over the country, as well as Engenheiros, Garotos da Rua and TNT, a rockabilly band with skinhead musicians.

As TNT split up, vocalist and guitarist Flávio Basso lined-up the Cascavellettes, which would make an impression with their '50s rock filled with sex-related lyrics. After the end of the band, Basso took on a new persona, Júpiter Maçã, releasing a debut solo - A Sétima Efervescência ouvir 30s - in 1997, on the local label Antídoto. It was like tacky icon Odair José on acid. Two years later, he would switch his name to Jupiter Apple and release an album in English, Plastic Soda 30'' excerpts , on Trama - a kind of Mutantes meeting bossa nova.

The greatest bastion of the alternative southern rock on the turn of the '80s to the '90s was the band Defalla, who put out albums that mixed funk-noise and extreme thrash metal - their classic, though, was Kingzobullshitbackinfulleffect92 ouvir 30s. When vocalist Edu K left, the band changed its name to D. Fhala and released Top Hits (1995), with vocalist Tonho Croco, who would later line up the funk-metal band Ultramen, putting out the albums Ultramen ouvir 30s and Olelê ouvir 30s. Edu would return to Defalla to make the album Miami RocK 2000 ouvir 30s, based upon the funk carioca (from Rio). Nonetheless, the southern folks were not the first to bet on the funk mix: the band Comunidade Nin Jitsu had already mixed funk, rock and fun in 1998, on the album Broncas Legais ouvir 30s.

By the end of the '90s, other '80s veterans kept rolling with the southern rock, such as Replicantes former vocalist, the self-appointed tacky-punk Wander Wildner (on the albums Baladas Sangrentas ouvir 30s and Buenos Dias! ouvir 30s), Egisto and his band Colarinhos Caóticos (who put out Agora Pode Ser o Tempo Todo ouvir 30s in 1996) and Flávio Santos, former Defalla bassist, who put out ...E a Alegria Continua (on Trama) in 1999, with his electronic project, Flu. Santos, by the way, has recently assembled the soundtrack of the movie Tolerância ouvir 30s, directed by Carlos Gerbase (former drummer and current vocalist with Replicantes). Besides Flu, Replicantes, Wander and Jupiter Apple, new names appear on the sundtrack, such as Os The Dharma Lover, Tom Bloch and Fu Wang Foo. All of them offer a perspective of 15 more years of a beautiful and little known history, which has spread through rap music, with Piá and Da Guedes, who have had their albums released on Trama.

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