Rogério Skylab

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Rogério Skylab
Rogerio Skylab.jpg
A sketch of Skylab by Denis Mandarino
Born Rogério Tolomei Teixeira
(1956-09-02) September 2, 1956 (age 62)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alma mater Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Occupation Singer-songwriter, lyricist, classical guitarist, poet, record producer, actor, and former TV presenter
Years active 1991–present
Notable work Debaixo das Rodas de um Automóvel
"Matador de Passarinho"
Solange Venturi (m. 1983)
Awards Prêmio Claro de Música Independente (2005)
Musical career
Genres Progressive rock, experimental rock, noise rock, garage rock, art rock, acoustic music, minimal music, MPB, comedy rock, electronica, samba rock, bossa nova
Instruments Vocals, classical guitar
Labels OutraCoisa, Psicotropicodelia, Discobertas, Coqueiro Verde Records
Associated acts Setembro Negro, Zumbi do Mato, Robertinho do Recife, Fausto Fawcett, Arrigo Barnabé, Luís Capucho, Jorge Mautner, Lívio Tragtenberg, Maurício Pereira, Marcelo Birck, Rômulo Fróes, Michael Sullivan, Jards Macalé

Rogério Tolomei Teixeira[1] (born September 2, 1956), better known by his stage name Rogério Skylab, is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, lyricist, classical guitarist, poet, record producer, actor and former television presenter. His unique musical style is characterized by minimalism and eclecticism, and his lyrics are permeated by acerbic allusions to popular culture, pessimism, scatology, nihilism and black comedy (he has, however, always denied that his songs have humorous purposes). Some of his most recognizable compositions are "Motosserra", "Fátima Bernardes Experiência", "Dedo, Língua, Cu e Boceta", "Eu Chupo o Meu Pau" and "Matador de Passarinho".[2]


Rogério Skylab was born Rogério Tolomei Teixeira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 2, 1956, and is of Italian and Portuguese descent. He has degrees in literature and philosophy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,[3] and also began attending a law course, but never finished it.[4]

Prior to his musical career, Skylab worked for 28 years as a public servant at a Banco do Brasil agency in Maracaju, Mato Grosso do Sul.[5] After a brief stint as the vocalist of punk rock band Setembro Negro in the mid- to late 1980s,[6] in 1991 he participated as a solo artist in a music festival in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais; he won the first-place cash prize with the song "Samba do Skylab", from which he took his stage name.[6] Rogério used the prize money to finance the recording of his debut album, Fora da Grei, which was released the following year; it was very well-received by the critics, and awarded him many appearances on Jô Soares' late-night talk shows Jô Soares Onze e Meia and Programa do Jô in the 1990s.[7]

In 1999 he released his second album, the first one in a series of ten self-titled albums, Skylab. It was produced by Robertinho do Recife, but Skylab was slightly unsatisfied with the final result, saying that it had "too much keyboards" and that he was not too creatively involved with it. His third album, Skylab II, was his first live release; commenting about it, he has stated that "this is 100% Skylab. The other was 80% Robertinho".[8] Skylab II counted with a guest appearance by Löis Lancaster, vocalist of avant-garde group Zumbi do Mato – Lancaster would return for Skylab's second live album, Skylab IX, which also had guest appearances by Maurício Pereira (of Os Mulheres Negras) and Marcelo Birck (of Graforreia Xilarmônica).[9] Zé Felipe and Marlos Salustiano, respectively bassist and keyboardist for Zumbi do Mato, collaborated with Skylab on his 2007 album Skylab VII, which was nominated to the Prêmio Dynamite de Música Independente in the "Best Rock Album" category;[10] two years later, Felipe and Skylab made a collaborative album, Rogério Skylab & Orquestra Zé Felipe. In 2005, Skylab won the Prêmio Claro de Música Independente, in the "Best MPB Album" category, for Skylab V.[11]

After the release of Skylab X,[12] Skylab put aside his experimental sound to work on the "Trilogia dos Carnavais" ("Trilogy of the Carnivals"), which focuses more on traditional Brazilian genres such as samba, bossa nova and MPB. The trilogy comprises the albums Abismo e Carnaval, Melancolia e Carnaval and Desterro e Carnaval, and included the guest appearances of many musicians, such as Jorge Mautner, Jards Macalé, Rômulo Fróes, Arrigo Barnabé, Fausto Fawcett and Michael Sullivan.[13][14] Between 2016 and 2018 he collaborated with Lívio Tragtenberg on a further trilogy of albums.

On March 7, 2018, Skylab officially announced that he began work on a new studio album, entitled O Rei do Cu, released on May 17, 2018.[15] On a Facebook post he further elaborated that O Rei do Cu would be the first installment of a new trilogy, the "Trilogia do Cu" ("Trilogy of the Ass").[16]

Outside music, Skylab authored the sonnet collection Debaixo das Rodas de um Automóvel, published by Editora Rocco in 2006,[17] and was the host of his own talk show, Matador de Passarinho, on Canal Brasil from 2012 to 2014.[18] In 2017 he debuted as an actor, portraying a history teacher on the Fabrício Bittar comedy film Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola, based on Danilo Gentili's eponymous book.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Skylab has been married to photographer, record producer and plastic artist Solange Venturi since 1983. He is a self-described agnostic[20] and has stated that "religion is a non-issue: it doesn't exist" in a 2003 web interview.[21]

Skylab is known for his extensive and varied musical and literary influences.[citation needed] Some of his favorite writers are Machado de Assis, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Clarice Lispector, Jorge Luis Borges, Rubens Figueiredo, Milton Hatoum and Cristóvão Tezza.[4] Musically, he cites Arrigo Barnabé, Os Mulheres Negras, Graforreia Xilarmônica, Zumbi do Mato, Frank Zappa, Jupiter Apple and Damião Experiença as influences;[3] his 2002 album Skylab III was dedicated to Damião.[22][23]

He is a fan of Fluminense,[24] and has even recorded the club's anthem on the 2016 collaboration album Skylab & Tragtenberg, Vol. 1.[25]



  • Debaixo das Rodas de um Automóvel (Editora Rocco, 2006)



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola History teacher


Year Title Role(s)
2012–2014 Matador de Passarinho Himself (host)


  1. ^ Dicionário Cravo Albin de Música Popular Brasileira (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2017-12-28. 
  3. ^ a b Bate-papo com Rogério Skylab | Bate-papo UOL (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ a b Omar Godoy. "Rogério Skylab, um filho da adversidade" (in Portuguese). Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ex-bancário, Matador de Passarinho condena Felipão: 'Falou besteira'" (in Portuguese). November 30, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Entrevista / Skylab (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ "Sempre fui contra a imagem cômica que Jô Soares me deu, diz Rogério Skylab". UOL (in Portuguese). July 15, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2018. 
  8. ^ Sílvio Essinger (April 19, 2001). "The strange world of Rogério Skylab". Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ Rogério Skylab – Skylab IX at Discogs
  10. ^ Prêmio Dynamite da Música divulga classificados. A Notícia, September 9, 2008 (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Marcos Bragatto (May 11, 2005). "Lobão sai como grande vencedor do Prêmio Claro". Rock em Geral (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  12. ^ Marcus Preto (June 7, 2011). "Skylab 1999–2011". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  13. ^ Mariana Peixoto (September 27, 2015). "Sem qualquer ressentimento, o irreverente Rogério Skylab segue criando e provocando polêmicas" (in Portuguese). Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  14. ^ Júlio Maria (September 22, 2016). "Crítica: Skylab, mais profundo do que o humor" (in Portuguese). Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ João Luiz Azevedo (March 7, 2018). "DIA 25 DE ABRIL 2018: ROGÉRIO SKYLAB LANÇA SEU NOVO ÁLBUM 'O REI DO CÚ' NA SALA BADEN POWELL". Portal do JL (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  16. ^ Rogério Skylab - Facebook (March 7, 2018)
  17. ^ Ricardo Silvestrin (November 26, 2011). "Um autêntico lírico". Musa Rara (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  19. ^ Juliana Góes (July 26, 2017). "Danilo Gentili assina o cartaz oficial de 'Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola'". Blah Cultural (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 29, 2017. 
  20. ^ Lista fiável de ateus, agnósticos e afins (in Portuguese)
  21. ^ UOL (2002). "BATE-PAPO COM ROGÉRIO SKYLAB" (in Portuguese). Retrieved October 24, 2003. 
  22. ^ Leon Carelli (December 13, 2016). "'Só os mendigos salvam o planeta'" (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 14, 2017. 
  23. ^ Marco Antônio Barbosa (2002). "Rogério Skylab em 'Skylab III'" (in Portuguese). Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  24. ^ Pedro Logato (September 30, 2013). "'O meu coração tricolor': Skylab é diferente até no seu amor pelo Fluminense". O Dia (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  25. ^ Panorama Tricolor – Skylab & Tragtenberg, Vol. 1 (in Portuguese)

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