BALKAN was formed in 1982 in Novi Sad, Serbia (Ex-Yugoslavia) by the guitarist and vocalist Aleksandar Cvetković. The band's sound was hard rock-oriented, but also featured elements of ska and New Wave, and the lyrics were inspired by the lyrics of Bora Đorđević and Branimir Štulić and dealt with the problems of the working class. Initially, Balkan performed as an opening band on Divlje Jagode, Riblja Čorba, Parni Valjak, Drugi Način, Galija and Atomsko Sklonište concerts in Vojvodina. Cvetković recorded Balkan's debut album "Gola istina" with Željko Jerković (guitar), Saša Zavišić (bass guitar) and Radivoj Bugarski (drums). The album was produced by a former Pop Mašina member Robert Nemeček. It featured the song "Tridesetpeta-šesta". This song Cvetković wrote in 1971 and dedicated to his father. Balkan's second album "Na brdovitom Balkanu", released in 1983, was also produced by Robert Nemeček, and besides Cvetković and Jerković featured Zlatko Marušić (bass guitar) and Miroslav Papić (drums). "Na brdovitom Balkanu" featured lyrics dealing with similar subjects as on "Gola istina". In 1985 Balkan released the album "Homo Balcanicus", produced by Srđan Marjanović, which also featured lyrics about the poor. After a longer break, in 1989, Balkan, now featuring Cvetković, Jerković, Bugarski, Željko Glamočanin (bass guitar), and Zoran Vasiljević (keyboards), recorded the album "Kome verovati" with lyrics filled with disappointment and pessimism. The album features the song "Tridesetpeta-šesta II deo", which tells the story of Cvetković's father who found peace after his death. Album was produced by Cvetković and Milan Ćirić. Divlje Jagode guitarist Sead Lipovača made a guest appearance on the album. After album "Kome verovati" Balkan officially disbanded.