Slušaonica: Winter ’21

January, February, March… all albums from 2021 that I’ve heard so far are listed here… few of them I really dig and couple of them maybe belong to surplus category. But time will tell…

The Weather Station – Ignorance
Robber

Have you ever believed in “Robber Bride”?

Here Comes Comus!

Arab Strap swept me off my feet with unexpected brand new album “As Days Get Dark”, for the first time ever (if I exclude “Philophobia” audacity). I used to like 3 to 4 songs per an overlong CD until that dynamic statement of their final album: “The Last Romance”, which worked better content wise because it flowed. Truth be told, I was touched by Belle and Sebastian world tiny bit more at the time. I don’t count myself as a fan though, both bands were on the periphery of my listening interests.

Spare Ribs
Viagra Boys – Welfare Jazz
I Feel Alive

A proof that these (relatively) old dogs can learn few new tricks. Extra points for album title: Welfare Jazz!

Hand Of God
White Elephant

The wrath of Jahve will never get old.

Divide And Dissolve – Gas Lit
Oblique
Did You Have Something To Do With It (feat. Minori Sanchiz-Fung)
Portrayal Of Guilt – We Are Always Alone
The Second Coming

Hard-core youth of America. Generation XYZ.

Youth of America is living in the jungle
Fighting for survival, but there’s no place to go
Youth of America; there’s pressure all around
The walls are crumbling down, the walls are coming down on you

It is time we rectify this now
We’ve got to say it now
Got to feel it now, now, now – woah!

Caddy Daddy

Old bad men in black jeans are back with heavy riffs and plenty of cuss words.

Saintless
Hazmat Suits

I am still not sure if “Lines Redacted” delivers the real kicks. Side A suffers from harsh murky compression which kills my delicate sensory organs of hearing. On side B there is more room for breathing, moving and aural enjoyment. Hence here is one song which isn’t over saturated in the mix. Less songs, more space and I’d count myself among non-skeptics. Gets better with repeated listening like “Uppers” by TV Priest.

Instrumental

BC, NR are lauded young English band. I didn’t expect anything and what I got out of their debut album is quite enough. I am not too crazy about presumed BC,NR’s American influences (Louisville, KY), but the echoes of British ones (RIO, Canterbury) combined with klezmer, are ways to follow (and to please my ears). Coming of age aspect of their music could make more sense to younger generations.

Alien (To My Feet)

What kind of defeat is this!? It doesn’t sound like one. It rules. It amazes. NMN: For every defeat there will be a victory. For every defeat there will be a victory in defeat. V.I.C.T.O.R.Y

Orizzonti perduti

Din-don!! Radio Bella Italia.

Gli anni ottanta. Pop. SYNTH pop. Reminiscent of all those glorious Eurovisions that failed, one after the other. Europa disunited!

Franco Battiato aka il Maestro

Franco Battiato – fedele all’anima. Musica melodica Italiana (Siciliana) – synth-pop filobritannico [1983-88].

Il risveglio della primavera è fuori. Let’s forget Declino and Negazione for a couple of days.

It’s a long and wonderful trans-Apennine pathway from “Foetus” to “Fisiognomica”.

Here is profound and wacky pop (aspect of it) to lift you up along the way.

1983
Un’altra vita
Gente in progresso
La stagione dell’amore
1985
Via lattea
Personal Computer
I treni di Tozeur (album version, without Alice)
1988
Nomadi (originally by Juri Camisasca for Alice)
Fisiognomica
E ti vengo a cercare

Don’t Look Back: Pula (SR Croatia)

Don’t worry. Just a one-off.

I’ve resurrected Don’t Look Back series to dedicate one blog-post (Alpe Dunav Jadran: Pula) to my dear Pula. Pula is cultural centre of Istria (Terra Magica). It has been bastion of punk-rock and alternative art since ancient times.

Pula has been part of my working (if not living) environment for twelve years too. That is going to change soon, for better or for worse. Either way – I am ready. Kick out the jams! (I’ll jam econo.)

*subject to change*

HARD ROCK (Atomic Introduction)

Atomsko sklonište [1976-1980, Part I: Atomic Trilogy]

Why not begin with the „mainstream“ – with fantastic hard-rock band Atomsko sklonište, one of the best rock bands in ex YU. Fatalistic group, preoccupied with the Third World War (thematically: “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath merged with “Paranoid Chant” by Minutemen) & Doom (although closer to Deep Purple than to Black Sabbath in sound) of everyday existence expressed through bleak words of disillusioned hippy poet Boško Obradović (an early member of the band or collaborator) & experienced through cruel fate of their singer Sergio Blažić, Atomsko sklonište were (welcomed) anomaly in itself.

Atomsko sklonište [1978-80]: Atomska trilogija LP (live) 1980
Ne cvikaj generacijo (from “Ne cvikaj generacijo” LP 1978)
Oni što dolaze za nama (from “Infarkt” LP 1980)
Novi karijerista (from “U vremenu horoskopa” LP 1980)
U vremenu horoskopa (live) (from “Atomska trilogija” LP 1980)

When Atomsko sklonište were preparing material for their debut album „Ne cvikaj generacijo (1978), members of Top, the youngest rock band in town (high-school cover band with few originals in their live repertoire) stopped playing and went their separate ways. Ambitious bass player Darko Vučinić left Pula to study in Zagreb and immediately formed Loš zvuk [1977-79] whose rhythm section hailed from Pula and other half of band from Zagreb. Meanwhile, one of the Top members, drummer Milenko Piuko, accidentally found himself in a new band together with his younger brother Marino, one of the first punk rockers in Pula. Marino pushed this new band in the direction of punk rock and Problemi [1978-80] were born in the spring of 1978.

The very first New Wave SP for PU, and one of the earliest for ZG

Loš zvuk [1977-79]

bas, vocals – Darko Vučinić / drums – Vlado Mladin / guitar – Vlado Borić / electric organ, vocals – Ivica Dolinar

Mi smo divna omladina
Dobro veče, dobri čovječe

What to do but cry when you spin supposedly garage rockin’ New Wave seven inch record and singer is louder than electric guitar… times were tough for modern rock sound in ’79, all around the world.

Lilihip (ex Atomsko Sklonište), a rock group with uncommon bass/keyboards/drums format for the time and place, had their debut album “Obavezan smjer” out in 1980. Arinka & Tingl-Tangl, unhinged pop band that looked like unabashed hippies, issued two singles in late 1970s, followed by long play album “Na stanici za bus” (1981) on Diskoton (Sarajevo).

PUNK ROCK

Punk rock wave in Pula officially started with Paraf concert in legendary rock club “Uljanik” that happened on 10.10.1978. Problemi were opening for the occasion. That was their first concert. The next generation of city’s punk rock bands were probably present in public: Visoki napon, Nafta (proto KUD Idijoti) and kids Gola jaja.

Problemi [1978-80]

vocals – Marino Piuko / drums – Milenko Piuko (1978-79), Vlado Mladin / guitar – Valter Dobrilović (1978), Boris Kaligarić (1978-80), Rikardo Novak / rhythm guitar – Žarko Petrović / bas – Maurizio Di Capua

Rehearsal Recordings ’79

Momak ti si lud
Religija
Problemi as representatives of Pula on “Novi punk val 1978-80” (1981)

Demo 1980-1 winter, JM “Trooly” Studio ZG

As they often played in Ljubljana, Problemi were fully accepted and appreciated by local punks so Igor Vidmar included the band on legendary Slovenian-Croatian punk rock compilation “Novi punk val 1978-80” (1981) .

Sranje
Grad izobilja

Demo 1980-2 summer

Slightly overproduced (for an essentially punk rock band) second studio demo revealed some New Wave arrangements which don’t bother me.

Uzalud pokušavam
JUS
Dijete reforme
Problemi

Rest in Punk archival release: Nije po JUS-u (2014)

Visoki napon [1978-1980]

guitar – Romeo Đomlija / vocals – Duško Vujat / bas – Dorian Licul / drums – Ivica Kovačević

Visoki napon were springboard for garage-punk Romeo Đomlija whose trajectory in rock would continue with Besposličari, via Torpedo and finally in the late 1980s it would culminate with The Spoons. They indeed had above average vocalist but song-writing was lumpy as showcased on Demo 1980 recorded in their rehearsal space. However, song “Narkoman” remains legacy of Visoki napon. Good singers in punk are hard to find and same goes for good drummers. No, it is harder to find a good drummer, and an excellent one is always of priceless value for any band.

Demo 1980

Narkoman
Mrtvac
Posljednji let Boeinga 707 (originally by Atomsko sklonište)

Gola jaja [1978-1984, 1988-90]

vocals – Denis Barlian / drums – Nenad Zec, Krunoslav Jakšić (1984), Boris Bjelica (1988-90) / bas – Goran Ustić, Tonči Vuković / guitar – Zoran Vukelić / solo guitar – Semjan Giljanović

Gola jaja were junior high school kids enamoured with punk who over the years developed into a respectable punk rock band with distinctive melodic sensibility. Demo 1982 (Holiday in Dignano) and Demo 1984 (Boškarica) are recommended. Demo 1984 would be one of my favourite recordings from Pula punk heritage. Both demos have been recently released on vinyl by Ne! Records. The third demo (sang in English) was recorded in the late 1980s, after longer hiatus.

Demo 1982 (recorded in Vodnjan by Miro Milanović)

Prljava zgrada
Sirena smrti
Dosada
Kurve i lopovi

Demo 1984 (recorded at Boškarica)

Nevina djeca
Pametan momak
Himna rada
Sam

NE! Records archival releases: 1981-82 LP (2013) & Naked Bollocks LP (2013)

KUD Idijoti [1981 – 2012]

The first line-up: guitar, lead vocals – Saša Milovanović aka Sale Veruda / guitar – Marino Piuko (ex Problemi, 1981) / bass, vocals – Davor Zgrabljić – Bucolini / drums – Egidio Rocco

City’s eternal punk band that evolved from Sale Veruda’s earlier punk band Nafta [1979-1981]. KUD Idijoti were the most famous punk band from Pula in this part of Europe and almost a synonym for Pula punk rock. They were the only punk group that managed to survive whole decade as an active band. Their role was crucial and cult status deserved but there were other exciting bands in Pula that should be mentioned more often. Sale Veruda has been active in Saša 21 since 2004.

Demo 1982 (Radio Pula)

Demo 1982 – split cassette promo release w/ Besposličari
Ja žuborim
Zdravlje i veselje
Ništa me ne pitaj

Demo 1985 (recorded at MKC Studio Koper)

vocals: Branko Črnac – Tusta / guitar: Sale Veruda / bass: Fritz (ex Besposličari) / drums: Diego Bosusco – Ptycza

KUD Idijoti classic line-up solidified at the end of 1985 after arrival of new singer, long haired hard-rocker Branko Črnac -Tusta. Fritz joined as bass player.

Demo 1985
Darwill
Cirkus
Tko zna

KUD Idijoti gained momentum and with support of Produkcija Slovenija/DID Koper released three seven inch EPs in a row during 1987-88. Compilation LP of these EPs titled “Bolivia R’n’R”, destined for European and worldwide punk market, was issued by Incognito Records two years later.

KUD Idijoti [1985 – 88]
Daj, daj, daj (from “Demo 1985”)
Maja (from “Bolje izdati ploču nego prijatelja” (1987) Produkcija Slovenija)
Lutke na koncu (from “…budimo solidarni – s bogatima…” (1987) Produkcija Slovenija)
Hoćemo cenzuru! (from “Hoćemo cenzuru” (1988) Produkcija Slovenija)

In 1989/90 they finally managed to secure a record contract with “major” label “Helidon” for a long-waited debut LP “Mi smo ovdje samo zbog para” (1990).

Belated first punk-rock LP from Pula

Besposličari [1982 – 1985]

guitar: Romeo Đomlija / vocals: Johnny Montezaro (Robert Matić) / bass: Nenad Marjanović – Fritz / drums: Vili Parlov

Upon returning from army (JNA), and pretty disappointed with prevalence of synth-pop in current music production, Romeo decided to form a group that would be rock oriented and close in style to his favorite band Ramones. And he did. Demo 1984 was recorded with Miro Milanović in September 1984. The second recording session happened at Radio Pula studio at the end of ’85. Impressed by Partibrejkers (Beograd) concert in Koper Romeo realized that Besposličari had come to their end. It was right time for a change. Band split up, bass player Fritz became member of KUD Idijoti and Romeo moved on toward the wanted sound in his head… old school garage-punk or psychedelically enhanced rhythm & blues that will be fully realized through The Spoons. Worshipers of Electric Church were slowly gathering around town…

Demo 1984

Besposličari
Ja sam tip
Noć velikih valova
Tako je dobro

NE! Records archival release: Besposličari LP (2014)

77 [1981-1983]

bass, vocals: Alen Sforzzina / guitar, vocals: Zoran Banović / guitar, vocals: Dean Bagar / drums, percussion: Valter Glavaš / vocals: Elvis Radin

77 were short-lived punk band comprised of high school kids from bands Pušteni s lanca and Frka. 77 had latent art tendencies which were later better realized in post-punk manner at least by one band member, who continued playing music as synth player in Boykot Für and then as bass player in Castel. In two years 77 managed to record two studio and couple of live tracks & participated at the legendary Pula festival: Mladi pulski rock ’83.

Demo 1982 / Live 1983

Pula
Plavi
Pjesma poraženog ratnika (live)
Predaja života (live)

NE! Records archival release: Predaja života LP (2014)

The Swindle [1983-1994]

guitar, vocals : Mladen Miholić / guitar, vocals: Jadranko Mićanović / bas: Marino Gorjanac / drums: Dražen Poropat

At the very beginning The Swindle shared rehearsal space with ’77 so Zoran Banović (ex 77) sang in their initial line-up. His style was allegedly too dark or character too moody for other guys so the group continued without him. However, one of the earlier rehearsal recordings in mid 1980s reveals shaky post-punk or dark wave phase of the band, akin to Paraf II or Električni orgazam. The Swindle played a lot of concerts all over ex Yugoslavia thanks to KUD Idijoti who recommended them to the organizers. In other words, The Swindle were preoccupied with playing live more than with studio sessions. Their first proper recording in the studio happened in Koper, with Boris Furlan as late as 1989. Three recorded songs ended on the seven inch EP “Do kraja” belatedly released by German punk label Incognito Records (they previously put out compilation “Bolivia R’N’R” ‎(LP) by KUD Idijoti). The songs for the debut album The Swindle recorded at the Guru studio in Novi Sad in November ‘90 and February ‘91, just before the war broke out. “Fraud” was finally released later in the same year by Pula’s small cassette label “Bonaca”. The Swindle were simply punk rock / pop rock hybrid or pop punk.

Budi čovjek
Bager
U dubini
Jedini

Pasmaters [1984 – 1987] mk I

Pioneering hardcore punk group Pasmaters were obviously under influence of American/Italian HC in their earliest phase. They managed to record super fast and chaotic Demo 1986 (Odmazda) before mandatory army service. Pasmaters regrouped in mid-1990s. They are still active.

Odmazda
Dezerter
Minuta mržnje
Kriza

ART ROCK

Or post-punk amateurism rooted in glam and art-rock of late 1970s and updated with New Wave or or New Psychedelia or Cold Wave / Synth Pop along the way.

Fellow citizens and future electro-punks Aldo Ivančić and Dario Seraval had already begun University studies in Ljubljana and moved out of Pula. Fascinated by Cabaret Voltaire and emerging electronic music, they formed Borghesia in Ljubljana in 1982 and left indelible mark on fans of EBM in ex-YU and beyond.

Gustaph y njegovi dobri duhovi [1980-1986]

guitar, vocals: Livio Morosin / guitar: Igor Arih (1980-81) / Bas: Vlado Maružin / guitar, vocals: Edi Maružin / drums: Čedomir Mošnja / synth, vocals, percussion: Josip Ivančić Pino

Dobri duhovi extended:

Tentative JNA replacements: Elio Šćulac (sax instead of guitar), Milan Lučić, Nenad Zec (drums), Davor Kliman, Rusmin Obić

Late line-up members: Željko Marić (keys) and Sanda Letonja

Gustaph y njegovi dobri duhovi were very active and serious art-rock band from Vodnjan (a small town 10 km from Pula, where we usually buy olive oil in autumn). They played a lot out of town and participated at YURM 1981/82 and Zagreb Biennale ’83. GYNDD were acclaimed by critics, peer bands and public. They shared concert stages with Pingvinovo potpalublje as well, whose members were impressed. GYNDD self-released three cassettes in succession and topped the series with the very first LP from New Wave / post-punk section of Pula Rock City: „V“.

1 – “La fiesta i ostale dogodovštine” (1981)

Greška
Isto isto
Gosti
Mravi

2 – “Časovnici, ptice, mrtvaci i ostali svjetovni napjevi Y. H. Yohumbe” (1983)

Antonio
Cirkus pameti
Časovnici
Mrtvaci

3 – “Twenty Greatest Hits (i pommes frites)” (1984)

All three cassettes were recorded in the rehearsal space on 4-track TEAC by Miro Milanović.

“V” LP (1986)

Belated first New Wave / post-punk LP from Pula
Žrtve plesa / Za ideale
Moje ulice
Ptice
Dobri ljudi noću spavaju

The album was recorded in Top Ten studio in Ljubljana in February and March ’85. It was (over)produced by Milan Mladenović (EKV). The sound of drums/percussion in some songs is way too artificial for my liking, it bounces off my eardrums and spoils the fun. [Similar fate struck Ogledala and material recorded for their first album in Top Ten in 1984]. Too bad. Of course I keep “V” in my collection. I can live with various imperfections. Usput, tražim GYNDD kazete u digitaliziranom formatu (skromni, ali pouzdani 320 kbps mp3). Molim lijepo, kontaktirajte me…

In 1987, a bit tired of everything, GYNDD made a reset and decidedly started to play more commercial or more palatable Pop Rock music as Pino Papillon Band. However, they were not cheap. Few songs that I got are direct and lovable.

Demo 1987

Vrijeme za nas
Pođi sa mnom
Traži, traži put u mraku
Lijepe žene prolaze kraj mene

And finally, Gustaph y njegovi dobri duhovi resurfaced as well known Gustafi in the early 1990s

Stabilizacija [1980 – 1984]

guitar, vocals: Boris Čače / guitar, vocals: Valter Šćulac / sax, vocals: Elio Šćulac / bass: Danilo Dragosavac / percussion: Davor Dragosavac / electric organ: Igor Radola (1980-82) / drums: Valter Prencis, Denis Mikulić, Nikica Duraković

Fellow band from Vodnjan founded earlier than GYNDD, in the spring 1980. They played outside Pula on occasions and participated at YURM 82/83 in Zagreb. Studio demo material recorded at Radio Koper didn’t capture properly their live energy but it did open the door for YURM festival. Stabilizacija creatively peaked in 1983 with sax as lead instrument and tight rhythm section, including percussion player. Band’s last official concert happened in 1984.

I am intrigued. Tko ima Demo 1982?

Stabilizacija in action at an important youth festival: Mladi pulski rock ’83

Wilsonov grafički projekt [1981-1984]

drums, vocals: Miro Kusačić (ex Pušteni s lanca) / bass, vocals: Siniša Vujnović (ex Pušteni s lanca) / guitar: Rusmin Obić – Rus (ex Florijan) / vocals, guitar: Goran Čurić- Čotka (ex Florijan, AWOL in 1983) / keyboards: Leo Štekar (1983-84) / vocals: Marijan Detela – Jimmy (1983)

Two groups of younger people on Pula scene merged in one band in late ‘81, and WGS were born as a successful art project. After one year of incessant practicing WGS were invited to play in YURM 1982/83 in Zagreb too. Concerts in Rijeka, Ljubljana, and Koper followed after their YURM appearance. Demo material recorded in 1983 with sound engineer Miro Milanović but without main vocalist (Čotka or his tentative replacement Jimmy), later named Demo 1984, is essential listening. WGP were primarily Anglo influenced, ranging from late ‘60s psychedelic pop rock groups (classics) to post-punk.

Demo 1983

Temperaturni kolaž
Maestro M
Vuci su pojeli narednika Pepera
Dan karanfila

Boykot Für [1983-84]

drums: Leo Štekar (WGP) / synth: Alen Sforzzina (ex 77) / guitar: Miro Kusačić (WGP)

w / random appearance of Šumski pjevači Gortanove uvale: Sandro Peročević, Branko Radić and Edi Premate

A couple of restless members from WGP and 77 (plus other in-and-out participants) rearranged roles to get new impetus:  Miro Kusačić became guitarist, Leo Štekar drummer and Alen Sforzzina synth player. Boykot Für were wild, visceral, and not that serious, with (American) influences disclosed. No Wave Pula! Demo 1984 captured their instantaneous winning combination very well. For me personally, it is equally great even if it is short on recorded material and probably not completely realized.

Demo 1983

Uuuaaargh
Plavo
Draga moja
Djevojka
Kuće

Wilsonov grafički projekt / Boykot Für were like two sides of (Anglo-American post-punk) coin.

Both demos are well recorded in makeshift studio under the guidance of ever-present amateur recording engineer Miro Milanović. Bravo Vodnjan i Pula! That’s how my ears/mind like it and enjoy it. The 8-track tape is enough (4-track too) if you know how to set up microphones in a practice space with decent acoustics. Econopunks ruled!

In mid 1980s started more effective cultural exchange between Koper (Slovenia) and Pula. DID Koper (Produkcija Slovenija) managed by Boris Furlan issued Sexa (Zagreb), various releases by KUD Idijoti, Trobecove krušne peći (Zagreb) among other Slovenian and Serbian artists…

One of the first products of this cooperation was various artists cassette “Istarski Rock ’86” (re-arranged and shortened here below for ART ROCK section). Recorded in the fall of ’85 or during 1986 in Koper.

Castel [1985-198x]

bass: Alen Sforzzina (ex 77, Boykot Für) / guitar: Davor Bošnjaković / guitar, synth: Edi Benčić / vocals: Zlatko Podbičanin

Castel were probably the only band in Pula that replaced drummer with rhythm machine (at least in the studio) which brought them closer to Art Pop or Dark Wave. A dozen tracks were recorded but unfortunately only 2 were used for this compilation. Delicate melancholia, exactly to my liking. I’d like to hear more songs from Castel.

Prva pjesma
Kroz centar

Ja ne mogu da proniknem. Ja ne mogu jer hoću. Ja ne mogu da viknem, da se proderem u mrak. Gdje me vodi ova svjetlost, a okrenuti se ne znam. Kad bih mogao da se vratim ispričao bih ti sve…

Šumski pjevači Gortanove uvale [198x-1988]

bass, vocals:  Sandro Peročević / violin, vocals – Selina Peročević / trumpet, vocals – Branko Radić / synth, vocals – Edi Premate / drums:  Edi Zović / guitar, vocals – Goran Čurić – Čotke (ex WGS)

Young art-rock group whose members had very little in common regarding their formative taste in pop and rock music.  Although the band name might be pretentious their postmodernist approach in making music was wholesome and organic. Influences are not easily discernible in case of ŠPGU which gives them extra points for originality. On these tracks ŠPGU brim with youthful optimism (or even joy) so much it is contagious. Presumably master tapes of Koper studio sessions have been lost. Take me to the woods of Gortanova uvala ’86, please!

Acqua
Nad Sicilijom
Sretan ti dan
Many People

Gori uši Winnetou [1986 – ]

Part synth-pop cabaret part circus rock orchestrated by Franci Blašković (ex Arinka & Tingl-Tangl) – legendary bass player and singer. Freak style Bacchus on veranda. You can hear Franci speaking (and singing) in tongues (with his wife Arinka providing back vocals) on these tracks while terrazza professionals play for the (pensioner) tourists! Spirited cut-up collage of pilfered radio smash hits which go better with wine and beer than with coffee. Salute!

Addio Pola (tape) 1988
Radio merda
Balkan Lover
“Welcome Home” (LP) 1989
Tango Istriano
Triumphus
Mens Sana In Malvasia Istriana (LP) 1990
Mens Sana In Malvasia Istriana
Rock In Pula – All “Uljanik” Dancing

GARAGE ROCK

Exiled rock music with full sound of distorted electric guitars is back. Or how across Yugoslavia the late ‘80s became the late ‘60s for a while. Pula was one of the hot spots. “Nuggets” cult. Detroit rock city reverence. Motörhead. Influence of Partibrejkers (Beograd) was important locally (regionally) too.

H.T.B. (from Pazin)

bass, vocals – Bruno Subiotto / drums – Ivica Kovačević (ex Visoki napon) / guitar – Boris Demark & Damir Matijašić

It seems that the first sounds of garage-rock re-emergence actually came from inland Istria. H.T.B. were garage punks from Pazin, one of the first bands that re-vitalized sixties rock. Their rhythm section later became part of Pula garage- rock scene focal point: The Spoons. H.T.B. were included on VA cassette “Istarski Rock ’86”.

C.D. ’84
Bye Bye Baby

Torpedo [1986 – 1987]

A link in the R’n’R chain between Besposličari & The Spoons. Developmental stage. Harbinger of the things to come.

Demo 1987

Ja želim novac
Rock and Roll

Sinovi [1987-88]

Sinovi were not part of the ’60 revival but they co-existed at the same time. This demo is excellent. Almost sneering mid-tempo punk with melodic rock touches and post-punk vestiges. Kind of dark and sinister too.

Demo 1988

Ustanak
7000 ljudi
Sestra
Previše zvuka

Gubitnici [1987 – 1988]

Ephemeral garage-punk band with good demo. Related to Torpedo?

Demo 1988

Jako puno
Ja lutam sam

Gubitnici (together w/ FMD, The Washingtones, Sinovi, Messerschmitt, and The Spoons) appeared on VA cassette “Pula – London – Teheran” aka “Quest’è Pola, no Fiume” on Beyoop Tapes, a small cassette label from Zagreb [1987-90].

Quest’è Pola!
No Fiume!

The Spoons [1987 – 2000]

guitar, organ, vocals – Romeo Đomlija (ex Visoki napon, Besposličari, Torpedo) / vocals, harmonica – Brunetto Subiotto (1988-1992) (ex H.T.B.) / drums – Ivica Kovačević (ex Visoki napon, H.T.B.) / bas – Dorianno Lizzul (ex Visoki napon)

Excellent psychedelic garage-rock, late ’60s style. Essential listening for this chapter of Pula rock history.

Take The World As It Comes (tape) 1988, Slušaj najglasnije!
City Of People
Nightime
Voxin’ LP (1991) Idle Valley Records
Go Away
I Don’t Care

Messerschmitt [1987 – ]

guitar, vocals, harmonica: Miro Kusačić (ex WGS, Boykot Für) / bass: Zoran Mitić / drums: Željko Herceg, Marino Jurcan / guitar: David LaRusso, Dario Bosusco

Garage punk-rock leaning on rhythm and blues, late ’60s style.

Soon after founding, Messerschmitt joined The Spoons during their recording session in Žminj in September 1988 and recorded a dozen songs, which Slušaj najglasnije! (Željko Franjić) published as a cassette “Lussy”. In addition to selling very well, it was used as a ticket for YURM ‘89, which was organized in the form of a rock caravan that passed through Ljubljana, Zagreb, Beograd and Skopje. In the end Messerschmitt were selected among three finalists. Positive feedback immediately paid off and resulted with life on the road (concerts every weekend) which led Messerschmitt to their first LP. The independent record label Blind Dog Records (Željko Jerbić) from Zagreb released the debut album “Foxxin’” in 1990, recorded by Davorin Heraković at Radio Pula.

Lussy (tape) 1988, Slušaj najglasnije!
Mr. Programer
Today, Today
Foxxin’ LP (1990) Blind Dog Records
Crossroads Blues
Miss Jackie Daniels

METAL

In the city that spawned Atomsko sklonište there must have been some following – heavy metal progeny. For the most part of the 1980s punk rock & heavy metal subcultures butted heads or rather ignored each other but there were cross overs as well.

Sometimes I am in league with Satan too so here they are.

Devastation [1986 – 1990, 2007 – ]

“A thrash metal band formed as TSM (Their Satanic Majesty) in 1986. That same year around October 1986, they have changed their name to Devastation. In local circles, they also went by Devastator. They disbanded by early 1990. Core of the band, brothers Alex and Chris Bijažić continued on to form Hatröss, though that act split up by 1997. Devastation reformed as of 2007.”

Demo 1987 – “The Upcoming Mayhem”
Demo 1989 – The Possibility Of Life’s Destruction
Intro/Devastation
Under The Scalpel Blade
Napalm Fields
World In A Grave

F.O.A.D. Records release: The Possibility Of Life’s Destruction • 30th Anniversary

Outro:

1 – Rock’n’Pula feljton (autor Damir Burić) objavljivan u Glasu Istre bio je dragocjen za pripremu ovog posta (za popunjavanje brojnih faktografskih praznina). Hvala na povijesnim lekcijama šjor Burich! Čitaj i uživaj: tu.

2 – Excellent blog about the rock scene from Pula and Istria by Alex from Devastation who was there: Pula Rock City. Hvala!

3 – Hats off to Miro Milanović (recording engineer). Great job done as a hobby.

4 – Litfiba played in “Uljanik” in early 1980s. Koje godine? Još neki strani band?

5 – Carcass played in Pula in 1992 (during the war). My friends Mukki and Sacci went but I stayed home. I didn’t like death metal that much. I’ve always appreciated Carcass’s gruesome art concept. But their music (early grind core phase in particular) wasn’t suited for my teenage brain at the time. I might give Carcass’s symphonies another try one of these days…

Addio Pola!
Addio Pola!

Proliće u Puli,
jabuke u cvitu.
Brod u portu tuli,
pošla je Patrizia…
Croce e delicia!

Addio Pola!
Cosulich Patrizia,
A a via Castropola.

La marcia

I nju je zasika črni parangal:
grobari i breki levivaju pete –
hodi funeral.
U nedilju zjutra zakla ju je rum.
Štrolige su rekle…
Bumbalero – bum!
Tutti in coro. Un po dialegria!

Grenzen und Graben, tišajte bijes!
Daske za lijes, maske za ples!
Grenzen und Graben, tišajte bijes!
Daske za lijes, maske za ples!

Addio Pola!
Cosulich Patrizia,
A a via Castropola.

(tekst Danijel Načinović, glazba Franci Blašković)

Viva Pola!

Slušaonica: Christchurch, NZ vol. I

The Gordons / Bailter Space

John Halvorsen (bass, guitar, vocals)
Brent McLachlan (drums)
Alister Parker (guitar, vocals)

Future Shock (7” EP) 1980
Future Shock
Gordons (LP) 1981
I Just Can’t Stop
Gordons aka Volume 2 (LP) 1984

1983-84. Alister Parker was absent. Vince Pinker played bass.

Quality Control
Mentus Fugit
Reactor
Identity
Mono Flo
Gone Machine

“Gordons” (1984)* is an unfortunate album (certainly not great, but good enough for me) graced with iconic cover art. Here it is scaled down to 12″ EP format (digitally sourced from a tape) for my own listening pleasure. I feel it better with songs re-sequenced. I quite like its noisy melancholy borne on guitar riffs, with all the aesthetical deficiencies, e.g. dated sound production. Among other sins, it was “accused” of being too “heavy metal” (pronounce heavy metal with lovely New Zealand accent).

(Nelsh) Bailter Space – Nelsh Bailter Space (12″) 1987

Alister Parker is back recharged, but other two Gordons are Skeptics members now. NBS is transitional release (more in plastic New Wave style than edgy post-punk) as was the band’s line-up: Ross Humphries (ex The Pin Group) playing bass, Glenda Bills keyboards and Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) drums.

New Man
Tanker LP (1988)

John Halvorsen joined. Hamish Kilgour played drums. Brent McLachlan engineered recordings in Writhe Studio.

Glass
Thermos LP (1989)

Bailter Space = The Gordons. Under the influence of Skeptics during “Thermos” period.

Fish Eye

Are you bored of incessant repetition? Don’t worry, there are stargazing moments of bliss too, mainly in the ’90s chapter of Bailter Space. Stellar psychedelic pop tunes. Float in the void!

*Wantlist:

1 – REISSUE – It would be nice if reissue of “Gordons” (1984) happened at some point too: a modest run of 200 vinyl copies & an extended CD version (carefully remastered with the dynamics preserved, not (too) loud!!! by all accounts The Gordons and Bailter Space were loud enough in concert).

2 – DIGITAL FILES (mp3, 320 kbps) – A brand new rip of an old vinyl copy of Gordons (1984) in decent condition. Contact me.

flying nun: the gordons

bandcamp: bailterspace

Slušaonica: “Hammer Party”

Test Dept. 1982-83 / Ecstasy Under Duress.

HISTORY – Strength of Metal in Motion (self-released) 1983
Gdansk
Death Of God
Ecstasy Under Duress (Pleasantly Surprised) 1984
Hunger
Efficiency

Recorded at Maida Vale Studio 4 on 15 August 1983. Broadcast on John Peel Show, BBC Radio 1, on 22 August 1983.

Shockwork
State Of Affairs
Compulsion 12″ (Some Bizzare) 1983
Compulsion (Machine Run)
Pulsations 2 (Human Run)

Flex your muscles!

After-party with Robert Wyatt.

Shipbuilding

Record Label: Doomtown Records

Doomtown Records – survivalist punk label from Zagreb NOW!, that has been around for 10 years or so. Three recent releases issued last summer plus one Cold War bunker re-issue.

If I had a cassette deck player…

PARNEPAR (Zagreb)

Above average minimalist art punk. Playful. Moglo je biti snimljeno u u studiju “Druga maca”. 1981. Artistička radna akcija – pozdrav iz Zagreba!

Dobar dan, izvolite (cassette album, 2020)
Karaoke satri
Se Bastijan
Čovjek prosjek

APSURD (Beograd)

Belgrade’s hardcore punk tradition lives on. U svakom slučaju, ugodno iznenađenje za mene. Sviđa mi se kad mi ne bude prijatno, ponekad.

Derealizacija / Svemu će doći kraj (LP, 2020)
Apsurd
Mučnina
Derealizacija
Svemu će doći kraj

Apsurd’s Derealizacija/Svemu će doći kraj 12″ is the band’s first output in the form of vinyl format. Actually, it’s a collection of two EP’s. A-side brings you six songs previously released as a tape “Derealizacija” while the B-side includes six entirely new songs recorded last year in the bands practice room on primitive 4-track machine.

THE CELETOIDS (Zagreb)

Lautarpunk rules! Always awesome, in any band format or appearance.

Optic Nerve (cassette EP, 2020)
Light Beam
Graveyard Signals

And back from the grave:

PSIHOKRATIJA (Beograd)

Occult electronic session ’88. Darkwave. Theatrical Synth Pop/EBM crossbreed. Goth. Gloom. Confessions of a mask. Doom. Noćas me nazovi crnim stršljenom!

Album mentalnih fotografija (cassette album, RE, 2016)
Who Is Alive, Who Is Dead
Fantazma
Ponoćni hod

Doomtown’s reissue version of this tape is the official reproduction of the 1988 tape remastered from the original master tapes and approved by the band and Gorjan Krstić. Limited to 125 copies!

bandcamp: Doomtown Records

Online Store / Big Cartel: Doomtown Records