Pato Fu, August 2008.
|Origin||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|Genres||Alternative rock, experimental, indie pop, art rock, brazilian rock|
|Labels||Cogumelo Records, Plug / BMG, Epic / Sony BMG, Rotomusic|
Pato Fu is a Brazilian rock band from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. The band was formed by lead singer & rhythm guitarist Fernanda Takai, lead guitarist John Ulhoa and bassist Ricardo Koctus, in September 1992. Their drummer, Xande Tamietti, joined the band in 1996, as did keyboardist Lulu Camargo in 2005. The band is also famous for their 2010 album Música de Brinquedo, which was written using only toy instruments. It's considered one of the 10 best bands out of United States, according to the magazine Time. In this list U2 and Radiohead are included.
Their first album, Rotomusic de Liquidificapum, was released in 1993, followed, since then, by other eight releases: Gol de Quem? (1995), Tem Mas Acabou (1996), Televisão de Cachorro (1998), Isopor (1999), Ruído Rosa (2000), MTV ao Vivo: No Museu de Arte da Pampulha (2002), Toda Cura para Todo Mal (2005), and Daqui Pro Futuro (2007), and with launch scheduled for 2010, Música de Brinquedo. The band's popularity began to increase simultaneously with two other groups from Belo Horizonte, Jota Quest and Skank. The band plays in alternative rock style, but resorting frequently to experimental music elements. Pato Fu is frequently said as being influenced by Os Mutantes, a famous Brazilian tropicalist group from the 1960s, probably because of the experimentalism found in both bands' songs. Their music is influenced by Devo, The Cure, Radiohead, Pizzicato Five, Super Furry Animals and also Brazilian Popular Music, among various others. Takai once said her singing is influenced by Suzanne Vega, of whom she is a fan.
Takai and Ulhoa are married and had a daughter, Nina, in 2003.
The band name is from a Garfield comic strip. Garfield attacked the mailman with his "Cat Fu" techniques. The band liked the wordplay, but decided to change Gato (cat) to Pato (duck). Coincidentally or not, the expression had also previously appeared in the Brazilian translation of the Howard the Duck movie; in it, Howard says he knows "Pato Fu" (Quak Fu in the original).
The band celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2003 with the release of MTV ao Vivo: No Museu de Arte da Pampulha, a live performance with some of their most famous songs.
In 2010, Pato Fu recorded an album of brazilian and international rock classics played only with toy instruments called Música de Brinquedo, which generated a positive response from the public. Classics such as Live And Let Die and Rock And Roll Lullaby were present. A live DVD, called Música de Brinquedo Ao Vivo, was recorded in 2011.
|1993||"Rotomusic de Liquidificapum"||Rotomusic de Liquidificapum|
|"O Processo de Criação Vai de 10 até 100 Mil"|
|"Meu Pai, Meu Irmão"|
|1995||"Mamãe Ama É o Meu Revolver"||Gol de Quem?|
|"Sobre o Tempo"|
|1996||"Pinga"||Tem Mas Acabou|
|"O Peso das Coisas"|
|1998||"Antes Que Seja Tarde"||Televisão de Cachorro|
|"Canção pra Você Viver Mais"|
|"Made in Japan"|
|"Menti Pra Você, Mas Foi Sem Querer"|
|2002||"Por Perto"||MTV ao Vivo - Pato Fu no Museu de Arte da Pampulha|
|2005||"Uh Uh Uh, La La La, Ié Ié!"||Toda Cura para Todo Mal|
|"Sorte e Azar"|
|2007||"Cities in Dust"||Daqui Pro Futuro|
|"Tudo Vai Ficar Bem"|
|2010||"Rock and Roll Lullaby"||Música de Brinquedo|
|"Todos Estão Surdos"|
|"Live and Let Die"|
|"Primavera (Vai Chuva)"|
|2011||"Bohemiam Rhapsody"||Música de Brinquedo Ao Vivo|
|"Sobre O Tempo"|