Secos & Molhados was an innovative Brazilian band formed in 1971 that helped launch singer Ney Matogrosso’s career. The other two members were João Ricardo, founder and main songwriter of the group, and Gerson Conrad. Though this first line-up was short-lived – only two albums were released, one in 1973 and one in 1974 – the band was very successful and remains highly influential. Matogrosso’s unusual high-pitched voice helped create a distinct identity as well as the band’s eccentric heavy make-up and outfits. As much of the rock made since the Tropicália, Secos & Molhados’ style was one marked by a broad fusion of styles.