SFRJ Superheroes

Fumetti in ex YU

Despite the efforts from the state authorities, superheroes in SFRJ during the 1970s and 1980s were not NOB WWII heroes. Neither had they come from the ranks of DC Comics (Superman, Batman) or Marvel Comics (Spiderman, Hulk, Thor).

They were adventurous Italo-Americans scattered across vast continent of North America (except one of them who was flying over South America). The young and the old all over YU faithfully followed serial adventures of the colorful characters from the fantasy world of Sergio Bonelli and his partners in Sergio Bonelli Editore S.p.A., or from another famous publisher – Editoriale Dardo. In both cases it came from Milano with love.

Which one was your favourite?

Here they come:

Tex (Willer)

Classic C & W type.

Il grande Blek

Blek Macigno aka Blek Le Roc. Back when the Muscle Beach was situated on the North-East Coast or on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River and along Great Lakes.

Capitan Miki

Brave young captain Miki was an original straight-edge ranger! He prefered to drink milk (instead of whiskey) before boys from Teen Idles and often hanged around with Nevada Rangers (~ Better Youth Organisation punks).

Il comadante Mark

Commandant Mark was fighting evil British Empire Redcoats with his loyal friends I Lupi dell’Ontario.


Za-gor-te-nay, lo Spirito con la scure, from Darkwood and his chubby Mexican butler Cico.

Ken Parker

The older I got, more I appreciated the story of this unique trapper. And the drawing style of author.

Mister No

In an old hydroplane over Amazon. Dare to say NO! for such an adventure.

In 1982 in a local newsagent’s kiosks appeared fabulous Martin Mystère.

Then I grew up.

No. Wrong. I just started listening to pop music a bit more.

Hallo, Bing!? Actually, the real Socialist working-class “heroes” came from a flower shop in Little Italia, NYC.

And let’s not forget homegrown talent: great weirdo Andrija Maurović and other notable Croatian artists.


Belonging to October

Listening Log ’20: Jul – Sep.


psychedelic rock.

Uusi teknokratia


jazz rock.

Rotted Futures

noise rock.

Down At Liberty Ashes
Another Day In Paradise

prog rock.


indie rock.

Glory! Glory!

power electronics.

Uganda With Sam

jap (punk) rock.

Fundamental Error

hardcore punk rock.

Fuck the Factoid


Fear And Sacrifice


Purple Rain

Ferragosto a Rimini

Anno Domini 1978. Anni di piombo.

Francesco de Gregori – De Gregori

Due zingari

Fabrizio de André – Rimini

Coda di lupo

Lucio Dalla – Lucio Dalla

L’ultima luna
Cosa sarà
L’anno che verrà

Lucio Batisti – Una donna per amico

(only a vinyl copy in the archives at the moment)

Unrest in Bologna.

Skiantos – MONO tono

Diventa demente (La kultura poi ti kura)
Largo all’avanguardia / Ehi, ehi, ma che piedi che c’hai


Il veliero va

S mukom žvačem trubadurov vrat?


Summertime in Italia. (before I move to Jamaica / UK and immerse myself in Roots Reggae and Kinky Reggae / Lovers Rock)

Bella Italia. Gli anni 1970.

Lucio Battisti (Musica di Lucio Battisti / Parole di Mogol)

Umanamente uomo: Il sogno. (1972)


Il leone e la gallina

Innocenti evasioni

Il mio canto libero (1972)


Io vorrei… non vorrei… ma se vuoi

Il mio canto libero

Il nostro caro angelo (1973)


Il nostro caro angelo

Prendi fra le mani la testa

Lucio Battisti, la batteria, il contrabbasso, eccetera (1976)


Ancora tu

Il veliero

Il veliero va…

il veliero

Once Upon A Time ’85

Bilo jednom…

I had “Once Upon A Time” (Jugoton edition) in my first LP collection. It’s been neglected (with reasons) for too long. Jimmy Iovine almost turned them into stadium sized American bar band which broke too many sophisticated hearts. This album does me good thou. Goodbye art cinema, hello football!


Once Upon a Time

All the Things She Said

Ghost Dancing

Oh Jungleland

(The) Lesser Men ‎– References, Reflections: Revelations (2019)


On their third album, in the face of yet more line-up interferences, Zagreb’s auto-bio-core quartet sets out for a pilgrimage of sorts, fathoming out the heart and soul of their music through inspection of references and reflections. Come along, immerse your ears in their revelations! (Geenger Records)

Lottery Score pt. 1

Babies Are Born


Gentlemen In Lingerie

Sooner Or Later

The Shunt


Lottery Score pt. 2

I saw (The) Lesser Men playing short set before The Membranes / Mark Lanegan Band last November. Their music (in which keyboard player is the lead) filled the empty venue and kicked my ass (almost like Simple Minds; which isn’t correct reference, by the way). Yet it made me jump on my feet and get closer to the stage. The sparkle in the night. Southeast at Easter ’18. That sort of revelatory stuff.

bandcamp: (The) Lesser Men

ESC Life – Born To Be Mild (2018)

esc life

ESC Life is a quartet from Zagreb, Croatia, fixated on loud guitars, solos, fast rhythms and pop songs. Heavily influenced by power-pop and punk rock giants like Descendents, Nova Mob, The Hold Steady or Superchunk, they play with cliches of popular music of the 20th and 21st century, but never ironically. “Born To Be Mild” is filled with witty, fast and catchy indie rock tunes about life after 30, love and adulthood!

Morning Sickness


Say You Will

Fill The Void

Close Without Banging

Born To Be Mild

My hat’s off to you, Zagreb’s premier indie rockers! (škrlak)

Jaki ste.

bandcamp: ESC Life