Thursday, 28 September 2017

OPINIÃO PÚBLICA - No Sul Da Europa 1982

Opinião Pública (Public Opinion) was a Portuguese mod punk band from Lisbon and were founded 1981 by Carlos (vocals), Pedro (guitars), Luís (bass + keyboards) and Carlos B. (drums) in the midst of Boom Do Rock Português; the wave of emerging Portuguese rock bands. With the most important combo, the grandiose band UHF, they had a special relationship. They played lots of concerts with UHF and singer António produced their only album. The recordings became possible after an excellent gig @ the band competition of the Festival Só Rock in Coimbra 1981. The group released one 7Inch (Puto Da Rua) & this album, both on Rotação. While the single, similar to UHF's early releases, showed strong influences from Punkrock & Powerpop was the spectrum of the album's songs broader, and included rock and new wave songs. They played more concerts, mostly in the Lisbon area, with bands like Xutos & Pontapés, Rock & Vários and UHF and others. Well, the album was not really successful so the band dissolved in 1982 and some members of the band continued as musicians, Luís plays later in the pop band Entre Aspas. What remains is a beautiful album with ten shallow powerpop nuggets which can help at lovesickness or other personal differences.


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