Zagreb [1986-90] vol III: Punks in the City Parks

v.a. Zagreb 1986-90 vol III: Punk (punk rock, hardcore, pop punk, post-hardcore)

More songs about love & hate.

*subject to change*

Mid-decade (1983-85) intro:

In the 1983-84 period the third generation of punk rock bands became visible, slowly coming out of local community centers to play concerts before already established groups in the bigger clubs or on small festivals. In spite of very viral surge of UK82 hardcore which was echoing in the punk circles all around the globe at the time, only Sköl caught the hardcore bug early on. With a female singer in front line they superficially resembled Vice Squad. Actually, the band leader was guitarist Tomislav Petrlić Fix who steered group across the decade according to his urges and ideas. On the contrary Z.R.M. (Zona rane masturbacije) turned back to ’77 style (Ramones, The Adverts, The Clash) and other tuneful punk bands. Z.R.M. had feeble rhythm but their simple songs were good enough and quite catchy. Due to imminent hiatus (service in the army) Z.R.M. went into SIM studio by the end of 1984 and recorded Demo 1984.

Z.R.M. – Demo 1984


Jači pokret


[bio bih zahvalan za kompletan  Z.M.R. Demo ’84 bolje mp3 kvalitete… ]

Young punk trio Excess recorded few demo tracks in their rehearsal space in 1983. These songs have survived in a member’s archives and they reveal young band on a beaten path set by Paraf and Pankrti. Excess were not followers of hardcore UK tribes yet. Sköl and Excess broke up and with the members from both bands punk super group Blitzkrieg [bassist ex Sköl, drummer ex Excess, guitarist ex Solidarnost (from Knin)] was formed at the end of 1984. Blitzkrieg  were maybe only truly active punk band that played in concert more often during 1985. Surprisingly they had very little hard core elements. Blitzkrieg sound was based on classic punk rock template with traces of street / terrace punk; closer to UK Subs than G.B.H. In a primitive 4-track studio they managed to record “weedy” sounding Demo 1985 which has been recently released by NE! Records for the first time ever.

Blitzkrieg – Demo 1985


Kipovi u sjenci


Tko je kriv?

After they had played before Angelic Upstarts & The Exploited, Blitzkrieg felt their mission was accomplished and fell apart.

Few journalistic notes from student newspapers “Polet” about inglorious atmosphere (drunk & disorderly punks gobbing on Mensi) during Angelic Upstarts concert in the spring ’85:

Monkey see, monkey do.

At the same time, during 1985 Patareni were d/evolving further their chaotic style which would eventually made them one of the grind-core trailblazers on the global cassette underground hardcore scene.

Among other lesser known punk groups in town which didn’t rise above local community center matinee were also Linija. They are important to mention because of the future roles of the band members in the second half of the 1980s. Linija were springboard for post-punk bands that would follow in their wake (Sin Albert etc.). Their singer Aleksandar Dragaš became music journalist and had a crucial role in promoting American hardcore and even more interesting post-hardcore music through fanzines and student  newspapers. He also significantly contributed in building  independent network at the end of the decade – “Search & Enjoy” label was founded by Dragaš and Čikara in 1990.

Sköl (1982 – 1984; 1986-1991)

Sköl reformed in 1986. New line-up recorded Demo 1986 which I’ve never heard. Debut album “Čista perverzija” on Zdenko Franjić’s pioneering independent label “Slušaj najglasnije!” was finally issued in 1990. It portrays changed band. Seven inch EP “Uzmi i reži” followed in 1991.

Skol zadnja




Ravno se drži



Z.R.M. (1982 – 1987)

After a  year long pause, Z.R.M. restarted in 1986 but soon broke up for good and shape shifted into The Cretins (post-punk) and then Modesty (pop-rock), straying away from their punk rock beginnings.

Patareni (1984 – 199?)

Patareni are probably the most famous hardcore punk name from Zagreb to this day because of their super short,  vulgar and utterly absurd grind-core bursts which were novelty at the time. They bonded with Ljubljana and Beograd hardcore punks at the very beginning and started tape trading communication with the global scene. Patareni didn’t leave their cellar or atomic shelter often to play in public. Buka were a better known Patareni offshoot.

Tamnichars (1984 – 199?)

Tamnichars were melodic punk rock band under the spell of ice queens and other types of elusive Eastern European girls. Their punk oeuvre was all about being tortured (and jailed) by (unrequited) love. They were nicking from The Stranglers here and there in the process of learning how to play their instruments. I don’t mind it. Tamnichars kept few decent cover versions in their repertoire and some of them ended on the records years later. The debut album “’Till the Next Goodbye” (produced in a slightly polished new wave manner) came late as an independent issue in 1990 and went away below radar. I don’t remember seeing it for sale or even marketed in the music press.

Demo (1987-89)


Dvorac od leda

Marliese (Fischer Z)

Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill (Hüsker Dü)


Tamnichars ‎– Till The Next Goodbye LP (1990)

Samostalni trovač

Ples i smrt i šok (The Saints)

Plavi brod

Story Of My Life

Studeni studeni (1986 – 1991)

Initially known as The Monsters, Studeni studeni were garage punk rock band with pop leanings that worked their way to independently released debut seven inch EP in 1990. This little record with cool cover art is all about love too, not hate. One love song too many, though.

Studeni Studeni ‎– Čisto kao suza 7″ EP (1990) Search & Enjoy ‎004

studeni s

A ja sam je volio

Najljepša pjesma

Tvoje oči govore

Čisto kao suza

Generali (198? – 1990)

Hardcore band from Novi Zagreb, a new part of town situated across the river. Generali combined elements of metallic hardcore & melodic post-hardcore (under American influence) in their final years.

Demo Tape 1987-90



Koji zajeban dan

U glavi joj se sprema

Kill The Kill


Crni snijeg

Motus (Vita Est) (1988 – )


Hardcore punk group fronted by stalwart punk Rade Preradović Hogar. They were clearly influenced by UK82 bands. Fortunately, Motus kept violent impulses at bay and might have some things in common with UK anarcho punks as well. I like better samizdat debut cassette compiled from various ’88 demo sessions than vinyl debut “Cogito Aude” LP (1990) released on Austrian independent label Sacro Egoismo which suffered a bit from  production. For their first concert outside the country Motus opened for Soulside (DC, USA) in Vienna in 1989.

Demo Tape 1988

Motus vita est



Vikend ratnici


Šuti trpi radi

Živjela sloboda stvaranja

Hladno pivo (1988 – )

Für immer punks from the western city suburbs have become most popular rock band with punk rock roots, along their older colleagues Psihomodo pop. Verbose and energetic frontman Mile Kekin was born in Germany and spent part of his childhood in Bosnia before coming to Zagreb as a teenager which altogether reflected in his authorship. His story telling could be seen as continuation of Sarajevo’s New Primitives tradition (Zabranjeno pušenje, Elvis J. Kurtović & His Meteors) carried on the riffs of melodic punk rock so common in Zagreb. Demo Tape 1991 collected first batch of songs from 1989-90 which were later rerecorded for the debut album, the first milestone in the longest running punk rock career in Zagreb.

hladno pivo

Demo Tape 1991

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