Ultraje a Rigor

Nos Vamos Invadir Sua Praia

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One of the biggest groups to emerge out of Brazil's post-dictatorship rock explosion in the mid-'80s, São Paulo's Ultraje a Rigor became known for their honest, straightforward rock & roll and easygoing sense of humor. Given the local rock scene's relative immaturity, the formula worked to perfection, making their 1985 debut album Nós vamos Invadir sua Praia (We're Going to Invade Your Beach) the first platinum-certified release by that generation of up-and-coming rock bands. With its playful tone and guest appearances by other Brazilian pop stars like Lobão, Ritchie, and Léo Jaime, the opening title track immediately establishes the party atmosphere before the band's signature first hit "Rebelde sem Causa" (Rebel Without a Cause). A staple of the group's career-launching television appearances in those days, the huge hit's stuttering beat and jittery, Twilight Zone-approved guitar melodies made it sound like Devo playing "Surfing Bird." Time hasn't been as kind to the caveman reggae of "Mim quer Tocar," the generic rockabilly of "Zoraide," and the childish country-punk of "Marylou" -- all of them genre summations so broad that no amount of clever lyrics can rescue them from forgetful oblivion. The gang vocals and harmony guitar leads that introduce the irrepressible hit "Ciúme" (Jealousy) are another matter, however. Coupled with its classic chorus and desperately paranoid lyrics, the song remains as timeless as when it was released, and, along with the self-deprecating, circular-riffed Inútil (Useless) and the schizophrenic love-fest "Eu me Amo" (I Love Myself), will probably never go out of style -- or get dropped from the band's concerts. Wrapping things up, bassist Maurício Defendi lends some cool falsetto screams to the driving, surprisingly catchy "Jesse Go," the unbearably dumb "Se você Sabia" remains the disc's only indefensible clunker, while the manic "love-discussed-as-soccer" (how Brazilian!) anthem "Independente Futebol Clube" offers a rousing, "live" finale to the proceedings. Simple but effective, to modern listeners, Brazilian or not, Nós vamos Invadir sua Praia is bound to sound archaic and perhaps even hopelessly basic, but in the context of history, it helped birth Brazilian rock & roll into its golden era.

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