Rita Lee


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Rita Lee has declared herself tired of responding to interviews about Os Mutantes, but this album has several references to them. It opens with the cosmic "3001," redoing the theme of "2001," recorded as a redneck rock in 1968 by Os Mutantes. The arrangements are techno/electronic, with even touches of Brazilian samba school percussion emulated by drum machines, a heavy tendency in pop during this time (most certainly devised by the fashionable co-producer Apollo 9). Rita Lee never paid attention to samba before, an old rocker with a bit of an opportunistic attachment to dance music. Following "3001" is "Você Vem," a rock song, and "Erva Venenosa," a funk interpretation of the version of "Poison Ivy" which knew success during Jovem Guarda with the Golden Boys, but later Brazilian generations would only connect it with the rock band Herva Doce in the '70s. With Zélia Duncan in the partnership and in the vocals, Lee attacks "Pagu" continuing her feminine actuation in the hosts of rock. "O Amor Em Pedaços" has Pato Fu's Fernanda Takai in the authorship and vocals of a rockabilly interpretation. "Aviso Aos Meliantes" has the strongest lyrics, by Itamar Assumpção -- crossing limits, he affirms "I will destroy the Senate/I will depose the President," for the first time writing rock (music by Roberto de Carvalho). "Entre Sem Bater" mentions a row of important women, from Luz del Fuego to Elvira Pagã -- another non-radical feminist reference. Why non-radical? "Entre/entre sem bater/entre, entre sem bater em mim" ("Enter/enter without knocking/enter, enter without knocking in me").

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