Of course while in Lisbon, I also took some time to go look for records. I didn´t find any of the stuff that is featured on the three volumes of the Portuguese Nuggets compilation LP series that Marcos had at his appartement. No cool Portuguese 60´s beat, surf or garage rock. What I found was fado, a very Portuguese type of music that mostly sounds like a lot of whining and moaning. But that´s just on the surface, fado songs can be about anything. I like a little fun in my fado, so I picked the records with the funniest sleeves.
Hermínia Silva was one of the greatest stars of fado. Here she is singing in a Portuguese film from 1938. Actually the bars I´ve been to last week in Lisbon, were just like the one in this film: everybody was chain-smoking, including me…
She was already 63 years old, when she recorded these Yé Yé songs. Chunga Chunga is a cover version of Sugar Sugar by the Archies. Hermínia is making fun of the young hippy generation while still being sympathetic to them. I hope I´ll be as cool and funny as she was when I´m her age. Hermínia died in 1993.
Mena Matos is shouting and screaming and then he´s singing softly like a crooner but whatever he did, it did make people go Gargalhadas – burst into laughter.
I like the way he seems to be imitating the teen singers of the 50´s/early 60´s:
These two gentlemen are making fun of the teenagers who would go to the hair dresser, only to have very little hair actually cut. I think that Duo Humoristico might have had a point there. But what about the polar bear?
Here´s some scraps from a Portuguese magazine I found in a junk shop:
Funny fado songs from a forgotten time…
Marcos told me that the character this gentleman is impersonating, is a traditional folk figure. Actually he´s one of the first Portuguese cartoon characters. Marcos should know, he works in Bedeteca, Lisbon’s only comics library.
I forgot the name of the character but seeing his bare ass on the cover was an image I just couldn´t pass up….
The sad and sentimental fados might be the most well-known ones, but Sr. Peles soccer songs are definitely fados too. Compared to most German football related songs, these are in a league of its own. German football songs can be funny but I have yet to hear any, that are of this musical caliber. Now of course Domingos Pereira is a die-hard fan of the Portuguese team, but why must he insist, that the Portuguese team is better than the Brazilian one?
After funny football fado, here is funny political fado. After the Carnation Revolution of April 1974 the whole country was celebrating the end of the oldest European dictatorship and the beginning of a new era.
Ser fascista is making fun of the fascists. A beautiful song just like the other three….