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Ex-Yu Bands That We Still Like Today

Bands you don’t forget…

 Regardless of what year you were born in, some musical classics will always remain favorites and certain bands will never be forgotten. So, if you are from the Balkan region, this will be even too familiar. Let’s see which bands still evoke pleasant nostalgic memories

1. Azra

This rock band was a huge hit in the 80s in Yugoslavia. They formed in 1977 in Zagreb, Croatia with the lead singer Branimir Johny Shtulich. Why is Azra first on the list? They are supposedly the greatest musical influencers of their time and in the Yugoslavia period overall. They have strengthened the rock music basis of their time with the most known: “Marina”, “Uzas je moja furka”, “Balkan”, “Krvava Meri”, “A sta da radim”, “Kao ti I ja” and others.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azra#/media/File:Band_Azra.jpg

2. Ekatarina Velika

This band took inspiration for the name from Catherine II from Russia, or are widely known as EKV for short. In the Yu-era, they have been the most famous New Wave/influential rock performers. The constant members were the singer Milan Mladenovic, keyboardist Margita Stefanovic and the bass player Bojan Pechar, while other members were never staying too long in the band. What makes EKV so mysterious in a way is that all of the members (from the last band formation known) passed away from unfortunate events, illnesses and addictions. They were most famous with: “Ti si sav moj bol”, “Krug”, “Par godina za nas”, “Srce”, “Tonemo”, “Oci boje meda”…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekatarina_Velika#/media/File:Ekatarina_Velika_band_members.jpg

3. Bijelo Dugme

This rock band was formed in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1974. Their most famous member is Goran Bregovic, along Zeljko Bebek. During their most active years, mass media referred to this craze as ‘Dugmemania’. After Bregovic, this band welcomed Alen Islamovic in 1986 before it disbanded in 1989 due to Yugoslavian tensions of that period. They were unique since they showed a blend of folk and hard rock at the same time. Famous for: “Djurdjevdan je…”, “Hajdemo u planine”, “Ruzica si bila”, “Za Esmu”…

https://backapalankainfo.com/bijelo-dugme-u-backoj-palanci/

4. Zabranjeno Pusenje

In 1980, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, was formed a punk-rock new wave band called Zabranjeno Pusenje. They were unique, they were special – garage rock hard sounds with a bit of gypsy musical moments, they certainly stood out. It was normal to hear that the guys from the band were often criticized for their criticism toward the socialism system, so they got into trouble for lyrics that referred to that. Their most famous hits were: “Zenica Blues”, “Balada o Pishonji I Zhugi”, “Lutka sa naslovne strane”, “Guzonjin sin”…

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5. Prljavo Kazaliste

I n 1977 in Zagreb, Croatia, was formed one of the greatest Ex Yu rock bands, Prljavo Kazalishte (which translates as ‘Dirty Theater’). The inspiration behind the name came from an Italian comic book Alan Ford, a really famous one for that period. At first, the band started off as punk-rock, and they really looked up to Rolling Stones. Famous for: “Kishe Jesenje”, “Marina”, “Mi pleshemo”, “Mojoj Majci”…

http://www.dksg.rs/event/6381

6. Haustor

This new wave band formed in the 80s, in Zagreb, Croatia. Primarily, they formed in late 70s with the singer Darko Rundek and later gather more members. With the keyboardist and brass player, they officially made “Haustor”. The songs were made by Rundek himself or the bass player Srdjan Sacher. There was a pause in their music making due to the Yugoslav People’s Army, but after this they continued with making a second album. After two more completed albums, they disbanded in 1990. Famous with: “Shal od svile”, “Shejn”, “Ena”, “Moja prva ljubav”…

http://www.vijesti.me/caffe/haustor-ce-se-okupiti-samo-ako-ostanemo-bez-para-939603

7. Riblja Chorba

This rock band was one of the pillars in the ex yu rock scene, as they formed in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1978. They got famous for their singer Bora Djordjevic and their most known song “Lutka sa naslovne strane”. Later on, they were even conjoined with the famous Momchilo Bajaga (which will be mentioned separately on this list). Their themes were mostly controversial (social and political lyrics) that brought many critics and scandals along the way. They were famous until the Yugoslavia breakup, but in the period of Yugoslav wars, their success dropped because the frontman was openly pro Serbian nationalism only. Still, their fame is linked to: “Kad sam bio mlad”, “Kako je lepo biti glup”, “Amsterdam”, “Rekla je”…

http://www.enovine.net/muzika/i27/07iv06/07iv0602muz/slike/1978-2.jpg

8. Bajaga

This band got its name due to the singer and creator, Momchilo Bajagic Bajaga who assembled this Serbian rock band, even though he was born in Bjelovar. The former band name was ‘Bajaga I Instruktori’, and this same frontman was briefly a part of the famous group ‘Riblja Chroba’. Famous for: “Tishina”, “442 do Beograda”, “Godine prolaze”, “Sa druge strane jastuka”, “Tishina”…

http://barikada.com/bajaga-instruktori-u-sali-lom/

9. Elektrichni Orgazam

This band was formed in Belgrade, Serbia in 1980, by Srdjan ‘Gile’ Gojkovich, the frontman of the band. Their first recordings were in 1981 in an album that also featured the groups ‘Idoli’ and ‘Sharlo Akrobata’. This was called the ‘Paket Aranzhman’ omnibus album and it helped a lot for the promotion of the local punk musicians and punk in Serbia overall. Famous for: “Igra rokenrol cela Jugoslavija”, “Vi”, “Krokodili dolaze”, “Zlatni papagaj”…

http://secanja.com/elektricni-orgazam/

There are many more to be listed, but if you have other suggestions, be kind enough to share in the comments

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Photo: Alexey Panteleev

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