Titãs

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Titãs is a rock band from São Paulo, Brazil. Their best-known line up is the one in the album Cabeça Dinossauro (1986): Nando Reis (bass guitar, vocals), Branco Mello (vocals), Marcelo Fromer (guitar), Arnaldo Antunes (vocals), Tony Bellotto (guitar), Paulo Miklos (sax, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Charles Gavin (drums) and Sérgio Britto (keyboards, vocals). Out of these, only Mello, Bellotto, Miklos, and Britto remained in the band as of today.

Titãs are one of the most successful bands in Brazil, having sold more than 6.3 million albums and having been covered by several well-known Brazilian artists and a couple of international singers.

They started their career as a nine-member group. Apart from Reis, Mello, Fromer, Antunes, Bellotto, Miklos and Britto, they had also Ciro Pessoa as one of the lead singers. However, he quickly left the band even before the first album, Titãs, was released. André Jung was the initial drummer, but just after Titãs was released, he also quit and was replaced by Charles Gavin. From that moment on, the band would only loose but not gain any new members. In 1992, Antunes left Titãs to pursue a solo career. In 2002, Fromer died when a motorcycle rammed him at Europa Avenue, in São Paulo. Half an year later, Reis also left the group to focus on his solo albums. The most recent change was the departure of Gavin, in 2010, due to personal reasons. Since then he was replaced by a session drummer.

The band has released their latest album in June 2009, titled Sacos Plásticos (Plastic Bags). The first single from the album was "Antes de Você" ("Before You"), and it received radio airplay on May 7. The second single was "Porque Eu Sei que É Amor" ("Because I Know It's Love") and it reached #16 at Brasil Hot 100 Airplay.

Most of the band members met at Colégio Equipe in São Paulo at the end of the seventies and, after their first live performance at the school itself in 1981, the band began to perform live in several night clubs around the city. The first formation was: Arnaldo Antunes (vocals), Branco Mello (vocals), Marcelo Fromer (guitar), Nando Reis (bass), Paulo Miklos (sax and vocals), Sérgio Britto (keyboards and vocals), Tony Bellotto (guitar), Ciro Pessoa (vocals) and André Jung (drums). It was a pop/New Wave-styled band, with a rather conventional sound and odd looks, with tender and little ball neckties. In 1984, without Ciro Pessoa, who left over a disagreement about André Jung's drumming skills, the band signed with the WEA label to record their first album, Titãs, produced by Pena Schimdt, and featuring songs previously recorded with Pessoas's vocals. Although poorly promoted and hardly a success, the band spawned their first hit: "Sonífera Ilha", later recorded by singer Moraes Moreira.

In 1985, with Charles Gavin replacing André Jung on drums (the latter going on to Ira!), their second album, Televisão, produced by Lulu Santos, was released with tighter arrangements than their debut album. Not only was the title track a great hit, the album was more heavily promoted than the first one and brought more opportunities to the group.

In November 1985, Tony Bellotto and Arnaldo Antunes were arrested for heroin traffic and transportation.[7] The episode made so much of an impact in the band, the next album, Cabeça Dinossauro, released in June 1986, contained a lot of tracks criticizing the public institutions ("Estado Violência" and "Polícia"), as well as other "pillars" of the Brazilian society and indeed society in general ("Igreja" and "Família"). The heavy and punk-influenced rhythms and the forceful lyrics, characteristic of the band in this phase, are fully represented in this album which is considered by the critics one of the best works of the group and one of the landmarks of the Brazilian rock.

Jesus Não Tem Dentes No País Dos Banguelas, released at the end of 1987, continued in the same vein as the previous album in tracks like "Nome aos Bois", "Lugar Nenhum" and "Desordem", however adding samplers in tracks like "Corações e Mentes", "Todo Mundo quer Amor", "Comida" and "Diversão". After some international performances, the band recorded some of their hits in live Montreux Festival and released Go Back in 1988. The biggest hit to come out of Go Back was a live version of the song "Marvin" which is a re-invented version of "Patches" by Dicky Lee made famous by Elvis.

The producer Liminha (a former adjunct member of Os Mutantes) was always an important associate of the band since Cabeça Dinossauro, and this association arrived to its climax in Õ Blésq Blom, one of the most popular productions of the band by that time. Some of the prominence tracks: "Miséria", "Flores", "O Pulso" and "32 Dentes". One of the prominent features of this work was the special guest appearance of a couple of improvisors, called Mauro and Quitéria, discovered by the band in a beach in Recife.

The band had arrived to a decisive point in its history and the next album, Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora mark a strong yaw at the musicians' style, searching for heavier, alternative and authorial sound, along with scatological lyrics. The members themselves produced the album and the work was possibly the final reason for Arnaldo Antunes to leave for a solo career. The following album, Titanomaquia, in 1993, continued the previous work in a way, with heavy instrumentation and aggressive lyrics, only now produced by Jack Endino, producer of important bands like Nirvana, which contributioned for the grunge-influenced sound.
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Titãs - Titãs album art Titãs Titãs (Album) Warner Music Brasil Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
Titãs - Televisão album art Titãs Televisão (Album) WEA, WEA Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
Titãs - Cabeça Dinossauro album art Titãs Cabeça Dinossauro (Album) WEA Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
Titãs - Jesus Não Tem Dentes No País Dos Banguelas album art Titãs Jesus Não Tem Dentes No País Dos Banguelas (Album) WEA Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
Titãs - Go Back album art Titãs Go Back (Album) WEA, WEA Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
Titãs - Õ Blésq Blom album art Titãs Õ Blésq Blom (Album) WEA Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
Titãs - Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora album art Titãs Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora (Album) WEA Brazil 1991 Sell This Version
Titãs - Titanomaquia album art Titãs Titanomaquia (Album) WEA Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
Titãs - Domingo album art Titãs Domingo (Album) Wea Music Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
Titãs - Volume Dois album art Titãs Volume Dois (Album) Wea Music Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Titãs - Acústico album art Titãs Acústico (Album) WEA Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
Titãs - As Dez Mais album art Titãs As Dez Mais (Album) WEA Music Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
none Titãs - Sempre Livre Mix: Titãs & Paralamas Juntos Ao Vivo album art Titãs & Paralamas* Titãs & Paralamas* - Sempre Livre Mix: Titãs & Paralamas Juntos Ao Vivo(CD, Album, Promo) Not On Label none Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
Titãs - A Melhor Banda De Todos Os Tempos da Última Semana album art Titãs A Melhor Banda De Todos Os Tempos da Última Semana (Album) Abril Music Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
82876562132 Titãs - Como Estão Vocês? album art Titãs Como Estão Vocês?(CD, Album) BMG, Ariola 82876562132 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
Titãs - MTV Ao Vivo album art Titãs MTV Ao Vivo (Album) Ariola, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Brazil 2005 Sell This Version
208942-2 Titãs - Juntos E Ao Vivo album art Os Paralamas Do Sucesso e Titãs Os Paralamas Do Sucesso e Titãs - Juntos E Ao Vivo(CD, Album) EMI 208942-2 Brazil 2008 Sell This Version
60252706338 Titãs - Sacos Plásticos album art Titãs Sacos Plásticos(CD, Album) Universal Music, Arsenal Music 60252706338 Brazil 2009 Sell This Version
Titãs - Ao Vivo album art Titãs e Xutos & Pontapés Titãs e Xutos & Pontapés - Ao Vivo (Album) MZA Music Portugal 2012 Sell This Version
60253722753 Titãs - Cabeça Dinossauro (Ao Vivo 2012) album art Titãs Cabeça Dinossauro (Ao Vivo 2012)(CD, Album) Universal Music 60253722753 Brazil 2012 Sell This Version
Titãs - Nheengatu album art Titãs Nheengatu (Album) Som Livre, Polysom Brazil 2014 Sell This Version
Titãs - Nheengatu - Ao Vivo album art Titãs Nheengatu - Ao Vivo (Album) Som Livre Brazil 2015 Sell This Version
060256762942 Titãs - Doze Flores Amarelas - A Ópera Rock album art Titãs Doze Flores Amarelas - A Ópera Rock(2xCD, Album) Universal Music 060256762942 Brazil 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BR 18.089, CS 18089 Titãs - Sonífera Ilha album art Titãs Sonífera Ilha(7") WEA, WEA BR 18.089, CS 18089 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
PRO 21.035 Titãs - Go Back album art Titãs Go Back(12") Warner Bros. Records PRO 21.035 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version

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