Generally speaking, in the Western world, the 1980’s were the time of one-hit wonders, lots of hairspray and men wearing makeup. Although the hairspray and the makeup were actually quite modest in Portugal, when compared to other countries, the 80’s were amazing years for Portuguese music. There was no longer the open censorship of the previous decades and bands actually managed to get away with some lyrics that today, in the era of the politically correct, would be considered “risky”.
For today’s post I’m bringing you three super famous songs from that time. The first one is called “Chiclete” (as in, Chiclets, the bubble gum) by the band Táxi (yes, as in taxi / cab). If you like their sound you may also want to check out their other hit song, called “Cairo”.
Next, we have a band called Trabalhadores do Comércio (literally, commerce workers) and their most famous song “Chamem a polícia” (Call the police). If you know some Portuguese, and if you’re only familiar with the Lisbon accent, you may have some difficulties with this song, as the band sings with a heavy Porto accent. They were actually quite funny and if you like “Chamem a polícia” do check out their lesser known song “De manhã eu vou ao pão” (I go buy bread in the morning). 😀
Last but not least a band called Grupo de Baile (a joke on the bands that played in village/town dances) and their song which eeeeverybody knows: “Patchouly”. Yes, you may know the word patchouly when talking about perfumes, but here it refers to a different kind of perfume… or body odour, to be more precise. I’m sharing a video of the band singing in a TV show (I bet the singer was on something) and I doubt that any band today would get away with a song like this on a famous TV show like that one was. For the studio version, with better sound quality, try this one for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDKFOdpy5yA
Gather your Portuguese neighbours / friends / co-workers and have some fun with these hits from the 80’s!
Tell me, which of these songs was your favourite?
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