Weren’t born in 1940? Missed out on the hippie era, the swingin’ 70s, the relatively horrible 80s, the carpenter jean 90s? Well you’re in luck and have found the right place.
Os Mutantes are a Brazilian tropicalia band that’s been around since 1966, with a 28 year hiatus thrown in the mix. They got back together in 2006 and released their eighth album in 2009. But that’s not what this post is about. This is about their biggest hit, “A Minha Menina,” from their 1968 self titled debut.
This song is just a gem in every way. It’s got one of the catchiest guitar lines ever (right up there with Lou Reed’s “Vicious”), and really grabs the feel of the late 1960s, all while letting you dance to its Brazilian rhythms. As a side note, if you like this, you should check out not only their other recordings, but also a bunch of modern day artists. Os Mutantes have been a serious influence on many current musicians, such as Beck, Devendra Banhart, David Byrne, Kevin Barnes (from of Montreal), The Bees and even Nirvana. So if they all think this band is great, and I think this band is great, then the band is probably pretty good…