Titãs

Also known as Titas

Profile of the performer Titãs: Titãs are 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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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label of release
1 Titãs - Titãs Titãs 11 mp3, CD 1984 Warner Music Brasil
2 Titãs - Televisão Televisão 11 mp3, CD 1985 WEA
3 Titãs - Cabeça Dinossauro Cabeça Dinossauro 13 mp3, CD 1986 Warner Music Brasil
4 Titãs - Jesus Não Tem Dentes No País Dos Banguelas Jesus Não Tem Dentes No País Dos Banguelas 13 mp3, CD WEA
5 Titãs - Õ Blésq Blom Õ Blésq Blom 13 mp3, CD 1989 Warner Music Brasil
6 Titãs - Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora 15 mp3, CD 1991 WEA
7 Titãs - Go Back (Ao Vivo) Go Back (Ao Vivo) 2 mp3, CD 1988 WEA
8 Titãs - Õ Blésq Blom Õ Blésq Blom 12 mp3, CD 1989 WEA
9 Titãs - Lugar Nenhum Lugar Nenhum 2 mp3, CD 1987 WEA
10 Titãs - Televisão Televisão 11 mp3, CD 1989 WEA
11 Go Back 13 mp3, CD 1988 WEA
12 Titãs - Cabeça Dinossauro Cabeça Dinossauro 13 mp3, CD 1986 WEA
13 Titãs - Titãs Titãs 11 mp3, CD 1984 WEA
14 Titãs - Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora Tudo Ao Mesmo Tempo Agora 15 mp3, CD 1991 WEA
15 Titãs - Jesus Não Tem Dentes No País Dos Banguelas Jesus Não Tem Dentes No País Dos Banguelas 12 mp3, CD 1987 WEA
16 Titãs - Sonífera Ilha Sonífera Ilha 2 mp3, CD 1984 WEA
17 Titãs - Insensível Insensível 2 mp3, CD 1985 Warner Music Brasil
18 Titãs - Marvin Marvin 4 mp3, CD 1988 WEA
19 Titãs - Õ Blésq Blom Õ Blésq Blom 13 mp3, CD 1989 Wea
20 Titãs - Titanomaquia Titanomaquia 13 mp3, CD 1993 WEA
21 Titãs - Desordem Desordem 2 mp3, CD 1988 WEA
22 Titãs - Televisão Televisão 11 mp3, CD 1985
23 Titãs 84 94 - Um 20 mp3, CD 1994 WEA
24 Titãs - Titãs 84 94 - Dois Titãs 84 94 - Dois 21 mp3, CD 1994 WEA
25 Titãs - Homem Primata Homem Primata 3 mp3, CD 1987 WEA
26 Diversão 2 mp3, CD 1988 WEA
27 Saia De Mim 2 mp3, CD 1991 Warner Music Brasil
28 Titãs - Domingo Domingo 14 mp3, CD 1996 WEA Records
29 Titãs - Cabeça Dinossauro Cabeça Dinossauro 13 mp3, CD 2010
30 Cabeça Dinossauro 26 mp3, CD 2012-05-21 Warner Music Brasil
31 Titãs - A Melhor Banda De Todos Os Tempos da Última Semana A Melhor Banda De Todos Os Tempos da Última Semana 16 mp3, CD 2001 Abril Music
32 Polícia - O Que 4 mp3, CD 1987 WEA
33 Titãs - Acústico Acústico 22 mp3, CD 1997 WEA Music
34 Titãs - Volume Dois Volume Dois 16 mp3, CD 1998 Wea Music
35 Marvin (Patches) (Versão Remix) 4 mp3, CD 1989 WEA
36 Titãs - Titãs Titãs 11 mp3, CD 1988 WEA
37 Titãs - Domingo Domingo 18 mp3, CD WEA
38 Titãs - Acústico Acústico 22 mp3, CD 1996 WEA JAPAN
39 Titãs - Extra II Extra II "O Rock Do Segurança" / Alice (Não Me Escreva Aquela Carta De Amor) / Aguenta A Mão / Toda Cor 4 mp3, CD 1985 WEA
40 Go Back (Versão Mix) 2 mp3, CD 1988 WEA
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