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Pato Fu is a Brazilianmarker musical band from Belo Horizontemarker, Minas Geraismarker. The band was formed by lead singer Fernanda Takai, guitarist John Ulhôa and bassist Ricardo Koctus, in 1992. Their drummer, Xande Tamietti, joined the band in 1996, as did keyboardist Lulu Camargo in 2005.


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). The band's popularity began to increase simultaneously with two other groups from Belo Horizonte, Jota Quest and Skank. The band plays in pop-rock style, but resorting frequently to electronic 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 Ulhôa 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.






Fernanda Takai, lead singer of the band.
  • Sobre o Tempo (from Gol de Quem?)
  • Pinga (from Tem Mas Acabou; a song about alcoholism: the song's name refers to a Brazilian drink, cachaça)
  • Canção pra Você Viver Mais (from Televisão de Cachorro; a tribute to Takai's father)
  • Antes Que Seja Tarde (from Televisão de Cachorro)
  • Made in Japan (from Isopor; sung almost entirely in Japanese. It was written in Portuguese by John and translated by a Japanese teacher. Its video clip is a tribute to old Japanese Sci-Fi movies and a satire against Americanization, winning a Brazilian VMA award). The chorus is from the song Mah Nà Mah Nà (see the article's External links section).
  • Depois (from Isopor)
  • Perdendo Dentes (from Isopor)
  • Eu (from Ruído Rosa; a tribute to Theremin)
  • Ando Meio Desligado (from Ruído Rosa; Os Mutantes cover)
  • Por Perto (from MTV ao Vivo)
  • Uh Uh Uh, Lá Lá Lá, Ié Ié! (from Toda Cura para Todo Mal)
  • Sorte e Azar (from Toda Cura para Todo Mal)
  • Anormal (from Toda Cura para Todo Mal)

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