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There has to be some credit given for this band's name alone -- co-founder John Gourley once explained it as an attempt to create a demi-mythic entity bigger than the individual members. Formed in Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man (yes, there's a period in the middle of their name) grew out of the ashes of Anatomy of a Ghost, a post-hardcore band whose vocalist and guitarist -- Gourley and Zach Carothers, respectively -- opted to continue working together. Rounding out the new band's lineup was keyboardist/singer Wes Hubbard, himself a veteran of other Alaskan groups, and the trio eventually relocated from Alaska to Portland, Oregon. Their initial existence in the Pacific Northwest was the typical hardscrabble life of a band with few resources, but drummer Jason Sechrist (formerly of Konmai Defense System) joined to form a more stable lineup. The band's profile received a boost from the Internet (the musicians made heavy use of MySpace and PureVolume for promotional purposes), and Portugal. The Man released an initial EP in 2005 before issuing their debut album, Waiter: You Vultures!, in early 2006. The next year, the group (whose lineup had once again reverted to three members, as Hubbard had left and was replaced by touring keyboardist Ryan Neighbors), issued Church Mouth, whose aggressive sound bore traces of Led Zeppelin and Jane's Addiction. The bandmates then opted to finance their third record themselves, drawing upon a wealth of guest musicians -- including trombonists, trumpeters, and violinists -- to create the eclectic Censored Colors. In 2009 the group released The Satanic Satanist, then quickly followed up the next year with the mellower and more electronic American Ghetto. Later that year, the band signed with Atlantic Records. Guitarist Noah Gersh joined the band for their 2011 summer tour. The group recorded their major label debut album, In the Mountain in the Cloud in late 2011; it was produced by John Hill, mixed by Andy Wallace, and released in July of 2012. A month earlier, Sleep Forever, a 13-minute short directed by Michael Ragen, and shot entirely in Gourley's hometown, premiered on the Independent Film Channel. This was the last recording for members Sechrist and Neighbors, who were replaced by drummer Kane Richotte and keyboardist Kyle O'Quin. Portugal. The Man enlisted Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) as producer for 2013's Evil Friends; the album was released in June of 2013. ~ Ned Raggett
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Albums by
Portugal. The Man

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    Evil Friends

    10 songs

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    The Majestic Majesty

    11 songs

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    In the Mountain in the Cloud

    15 songs

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    Censored Colors

    11 songs

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    American Ghetto

    11 songs

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    The Satanic Satanist

    15 songs

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    Censored Colors

    12 songs

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    Church Mouth

    13 songs

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    Waiter: "You Vultures!"

    4 songs

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    Devil Say I, I Say Air

    4 songs

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    Remix EP

    1 song

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    Heavy Games

    1 song

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    Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue

    2 songs

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    Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue

    1 song

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    Evil Friends

    2 songs

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    Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)

    1 song

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    Soul Got Out Of The Box (feat. Yoko Ono)

    11 songs

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    Satanic Satanist [LP]

    10 songs

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    It's Complicated Being a Wizard

    10 songs

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    iTunes Live from SoHo


Top Songs by
Portugal. The Man

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  2.   People Say
  3.   Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)
  4.   Purple Yellow Red and Blue
  5.   All My People
  6.   The Dead Dog
  7.   AKA M80 the Wolf
  8.   Modern Jesus
  9.   My Mind
  10.   60 Years
  11.   So American
  12.   Sugar Cinnamon
  13.   Lay Me Back Down
  14.   Evil Friends
  15.   Lovers in Love
  16.   Guns and Dogs
  17.   Work All Day
  18.   Smile
  19.   Head Is a Flame (Cool with It)
  20.   Atomic Man
  21.   Church Mouth
  22.   Sleep Forever
  23.   The Sun
  24.   Do You
  25.   Hip Hop Kids
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