Os Mutantes

Baby

Composed by Caetano Veloso

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The king of Tropicalia (the Brazilian art and music movement), Catano Veloso wrote this song for Gal Costa that was originally delivered as a bossa nova, but when the psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes took it on, the iconoclastic group breathed a new life into it. It's a sensual vocal and adventurous instrumental attack. The band actually recorded the song twice, once in 1968 and once in 1971. Essentially a female-to-male/male-to-female love song, it can also be read as a love song to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The original 1968 recording is absolutely stamped with the twisted Os Mutantes sound -- a busted-out guitar and an organ sound that could be coming out of the likes of the Animals drive the melody. Additional found sound sneaks in and out of the mix, while Arnaldo Baptista's vocal plays it pretty straight, backed by his partner, Rita Lee, on vocals. Lee takes on the song herself in 1971 in a straight acoustic version, her sensual and English vocal leading the way; her breezy reading is the perfect accompaniment to Veloso's poetic/romantic/personal/ political lyric: "You know, you must take a new look at the new land/You know, you must take a look at me, baby." In 2001, Veloso recorded the song himself for the Los Super Seven album Canto, in a true-to-form, skewed, acoustic bossa nova.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Os Mutantes 1968 Omplatten 3:00
Jardim Eletrico 1971 Polydor 3:37
Millennium: Os Mutantes 1999 Polygram 2:56
Everything Is Possible: The Best of Os Mutantes 1999 Luaka Bop 3:40
Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents on the Job 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 12:45
Tecnicolor 2000 Universal Music Latino / Universal Distribution 3:39
Back to Mine 2001 Ultra Records 3:29
A Arte de os Mutantes 2006 Universal International 3:38
Forgetting Sarah Marshall [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2008
Original Soundtrack
Verve 3:40
Luaka Bop: Twenty First Century Twenty First Year 2009
Various Artists
Luaka Bop
Millennium: Tropicália
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:59