For three decades, between the release of their self-titled 1968 debut album and Beck’s 1998 Mutations—whose name is a tribute to the São Paolo legends—there wasn’t much talk about Os Mutantes. That started to change after Mutations dropped and the record’s best song, “Tropicália,” a lush homage to the Brazilian psych-pop sound that Mutantes helped forge, started to get serious burn on college radio and mixtapes. The next year, David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label released a Mutantes compilation, and in 2008, the band hit paydirt when their classic track “A Minha Menina” was featured on a McDonald’s commercial for the 2008 Olympics. By then, ostensible leader Sérgio Dias Baptista had already reformed the band, and recent albums, including this year’s Fool Metal Jack, show that they can still conjure up magic, even without most of their founding members.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 30, 2013