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The seed was planted there in the restless 80's. While Richard Kraus was innovating in the Brazilian underground with Harry, a cult band from Santos that pioneered the mixture of rock and electronic music (total Post-Punk!), André Fujiwara went through his first garage groups. The central trio of Les Fleurs (du Mal )complete with Reginaldo Maciel. The name in French was borrowed from the work of the cursed poet Beaudelaire and already foreshadowed the Gothic inks that would accompany part of the band's work, as well as an approach to literature. Several musicians from the Itatiba scene passed through Les Fleurs. The current lineup also features Rafael Presotto on drums and bassist Andrezinho. 

Preparing the Soil: 1976-2000

Harry in a photo published in Special Bizz Magazine - Translated Letters nº6 (1989).

Who is Harry?

With Harry, Richard records an EP and two albums: Harry – The Caos EP and Fairy Tales, on Wop Bop, and Vessel's Town, on Stiletto. Harry was one of the eighties bands that only weren't bigger for being ahead of their time, like Violeta de Outono and As Mercenárias. The band remained active until 1990. Between 1991 and 1993 the members of Harry continued to meet in different projects. In the case of Richard the bands CPC and Big Fish. The band returned and reunited for recordings in 1994, which resulted in the compilation Chemical Archives, distributed by Cri Du Chat Disques. From then on, Harry's members will meet sporadically.


In the meantime André formed Liberado Sem Cortes, one of the first rock bands in Itatiba. The group even worked on some of their own compositions, but the thing didn't go any further. In the late 90's, with the band's wear and tear and looking to explore new sounds, André forms Authopsia with Bill Batera (aka Wilson Jr) and his brother César.

Who is Authopsia?

Authopsia ended up becoming one of the most beloved bands in the rock scene of Itatiba. In tune with the sound of the early 90's, especially grunge and thrash metal, Authopsia influenced the city's bands and became known throughout the region. With their classical line up (André – bass, Bill Batera – drums, Juan – keyboards, João – guitar and voice and Eduardo – guitar) the band began working on an album to be recorded with their own resources that would contain ten of their own songs, all of them already well known to the public. The work brought together different influences, despite having a strong thrash character. In these songs André was the main lyricist.


Due to the obsession with perfection in recording the project ended up not materializing, leaving only a few copies distributed among the band's fans. Songs like Breaking the Chains and Alone continue to be remembered to this day.


This incessant search for perfection and personal problems made André walk away from the band, which continued with other bass players for a while and then broke up. The members of Authopsia keep their friendship, which always generates among the fans the hope of a reunion.

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Authorized circa 2000

Sowing the ground: 2001-2002

After leaving Authopsia, André continued as bassist in Raindrops, a punk/powerpop band based in Campinas, with whom he recorded in 1999 the EP Sweet Girl. I Feel So Good is his music. At Raindrops André can further explore his influences outside metal. There is some confusion regarding the band, which was formed by two Andrés and one Anderson. Guitarist André Biaggio was the main composer, guitarist and singer, and André Fujiwara was the bassist. The band ended up disbanding and was later reassembled by guitarist André Biaggio, becoming Superdrive.


Simultaneously, André Fujiwara acted as a cavaquinist in Zhen Brazil, a samba and pagode band from Jundiaí formed only by Japanese descendants. An attitude that many who knew the musician from the rock scene found strange, but which reflected the search for different sounds and a musical curiosity. Even before Zhen Brasil, the musician had already accompanied singers of different styles as a bassist, such as the sertanejos Adalto & Adalberto, MPB and others. The band lasted until 2003, having recorded a CD entitled Zhen Brazil and participated in several television programs, such as Domingão do Faustão, Ana Maria Braga, Samba, Pagode & Companhia, Fábio Jr and others. The book Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship, a collection about music and globalization, brings a chapter entirely dedicated toZhen Brasil.


Meanwhile, Richard, back in Itatiba, played keyboards with Rico Alento Blues Band and sporadically met with his companions from Harry

In 1976, Richard Kraus, at the time Richard Kraus Johnsson, started the band Yardrats in Santos, the embryo of Harry, the pioneer Santos underground band from the 80s. At the end of the 70s, in São Paulo, André began to be interested in music, having as his main influence the Muppet Show.


The 1980s were a prolific period for music around the world, for better and for worse. Brazilian rock, in particular, had a number of great bands, such as Paralamas do Sucesso, Legião Urbana, RPM, Titãs (from Iê Iê), Barão Vermelho and many others. After a phase focused on classical music and instrumental soundtracks, especially John Williams and Enio Morricone, André begins to approach progressive rock and new wave. It was between 1984 and 1985 that he bought his first LPs: Queen – The Works and Devo – New Traditionalists. From then on, André became an avid explorer, looking for rock records of all kinds.


The period between 1985 and 1986 was a catalyst in the history of Les Fleurs. While André, now living in Itatiba, begins his experiences playing bass with friends from school (with a repertoire that was basically formed by RPM's first album), Richard, after a period in Itatiba where he studied psychology, returns to Santos to be the keyboard player in the band Bi-Sex. Due to a sad incident that resulted in the death of the bassist of this band from Santos, Richard assumes the instrument and Harry is born

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