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Even after David Byrne brought him to a new international audience in the early '90s, Tom Zé stayed true to his idiosyncratic artistic impulses. A science-fiction concept album of sorts, Fabrication Defect imagines a near-future third world dystopia in which the poor are turned into corporate-owned automatons. Far from the bleakness that that implies, these defiant, joyously experimental songs range from the trip-hop-like instrumental "Emerê" to the fractured Tropicália of "Esteticar." Zé's conversational vocals recall Lou Reed on the understated "O Olho do Lago."


Born: 1936 in Bahia, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tom Zé began his career together with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Maria Bethânia. As a composer, he influenced Caetano and many others and delivered an expressive body of work through his own discography. A restless thinker, he was adept at modern erudite music experimentations, yet he was always ignored by both industry and audiences until he was discovered by David Byrne. He can be better understood through his self-coined definition: "I don't make art, I make spoken and sung journalism."...
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