SexA (1980 – 86) ∗ (1989 – 9?)
SexA used to be that name, the one that signifies and directly pinpoints to Zagreb “underground” or arty non-conformist part of the “scene”. Almost unanimously lauded by rock critics and highly regarded by fellow rock groups, SexA was never destined to play for mainstream public. Incarnation of SexA that was sharing stages with Pingvinovo potpalublje and Tkp on various occasions doesn’t resemble better known SexA mk II (aka noise-rock SexA from the late 1980s).
This original band was at its most productive phase with unsung early guitarist / vocalist & spiritus movens Darko Kordovan. Unfortunately all the demo/studio recorded on different occasions between 1981-83 have been lost. Only via Live in Kulušić ’81 (available through admirable website: Guranje s litice) it is possible to get the glimpse of unhinged dadaist post-punk band rooted in Captain Beefheart with traces of other new wave influences (ska, jazz, funk) thrown in for a good measure. At the very end Captain Beefheart persona morphed into Pere Ubu.
After a year long standby (JNA obligations!), reshuffled SexA kept on and recorded yet another demo in the newly equipped modern studio in 1985. It came out almost stillborn – tracks were overproduced and didn’t capture lively SexA spark very well. As a goodbye gesture they recorded the same repertoire in concert in January 1986 (SexA uživo tape) which caught them at their most alienated and gloomiest, dark-wave indeed.
The Listening Booth at Stražarni lopov: SexA (audio)