TROBECOVE KRUŠNE PEĆI was the cult band from Zagreb (Croatia), in the beginning of the 80's, distinctive not only for its bizarre name (inspired by incinerators which served Slovenian serial killer from mid 70's, Metod Trobec) but also because of its intensive, concrete and noisy variation of rock and roll music. "Trobecove krušne peći are equally illogical, radical, innocent and rough, and they expect the same from you. They're getting hold of unusual obsessions and tensions from reality, only to distort them even further and turn them into tauntingly important remarks" (Polet, April 27th 1983). In 1985, in Ljubljana they recorded material for their debut album that has never been released during the time the band was active. It was released during 1995 only in audio-cassette form for Kekere Aquarium. (from darkscene.blogspot.com)
SONČNA POT was one of the first groups in Yugoslavia to introduce ethno-fusion jazz elements. A short-lived trio consisting of saxophonist and composer Lado Jakša (ex-Predmestje, ex-Sedmina, ex-Buldožer), drummer Ratko Divjak (ex-Time) and jazz bassist Jordan Gančev. Recorded only one, self-titled and highly recommended album in 1979, which is now a rare collectors' item. (by Seyo)
STOP originated in Zagreb, the capitol of Croatia, in 1978 and has been active with it's current membership for the past 10 years.the group consits of lead guitarist Nikola Sarapa also the founder and leader of the band, drummer Goran Markić, bass player Ivica Mikšić, and singer Ervin Baučić, the group's main focus is on the perfomance of big hard-rock hits oflate sixties (i.e. Jimi Hendrix, cream, etc.) but they also play classic rock and roll and blues. The group has thus for recorted one maxy single and six albums, in addition to holding hundreds of live performances throughout Croatia, former Yugoslavia, Italy, Austria and Germany. The group has gained a formidable reputation and popularity over the years with the devotees of original hard rock.especially noteworthy are group's signature takes of Jimi Hendrix's hits. Finally, I should also mention of successful live TV performances during the group's long existence. While the true fans of this music still exist in these parts of the world, the style has udeniably lost a lot of general popularity over the years and the market for it has been declining steadily. The members of STOP on the other hand may be getting older, but they feel like they've got a few more years left in the tank and are eager to show it.T his goes especially for the lead guitarist Nikola Sarapa, who is truly unique talent that makes this band what it is. (from mtvdemo.ourstage.com)
TEŠKA INDUSTRIJA was formed 1974 in Sarajevo, now Bosnia and Herzegovina, by keyboard player Gabor Lenđel. Original line-up also included guitar player Vedad Hadžiabdić, bassist Ivica Propadalo, drummer Senad Begović and singer Fadil Toskić. Poet Duško Trifunovic wrote most of the lyrics throughout their career. Seid Memić Vajta soon replaced Toskić as lead vocalist, while Sanin Karić replaced Propadalo on bass. This line-up was to gain most celebrity and they recorded several successful singles and the first album "Ho-ruk" in early 1976. The band developed a sort of "progressive hard rock" with elements of then popular traditional folk themes and "symphonic" arrangements. Lenđel's organ and Vajta's raspy baritone were trademarks of their sound. The end of 1976 saw major changes when new members, vocalist Goran Kovacević, bassist Aleksandar Kostić, drummer Munib Zoranić and another keyboardist Darko Arkus, recorded the eponymous second album. Lenđel left the band in late 1977 leaving the others to complete their third album in 1978. It failed to attract the public attention, so shortly Teška industrija disbanded. Kovacević joined Laza Ristovski and Ipe Ivandić who recorded an interesting simphonic prog album "Stižemo" and in the 1980s tried unsuccessfully to launch a solo career. Vajta, on the other hand, enjoyed enormous popularity throughout 1980s and 1990s as a pop singer and occasional TV actor. Hadžiabdić, as the only original member of Teška industrija, together with drummer Zoranić, made an attempt to revive the band in 1984 with new members, singer Narcis Lalić, bassist Sead Trnka and keyboardist Zoran Krga, but the resulting album "Ponovo s vama" was unsuccessful. The founder Lenđel worked many years as producer and arranger at Radio Novi Sad, Serbia, while during the 1990s moved to Budapest, Hungary. The final comeback of the band so far happened in 1996 when Hadžiabdić gathered another line-up, but again without any results worth mentioning, because the album "Ruže u asfaltu" was more pop than rock effort. In terms of prog rock recommendation, first two albums are worth listening especially if you like "heavy" side of prog (like Uriah Heep or Deep Purple), while two compilations available in CD format are also good overview of the band's career. (by Sead S. Fetahagić)
KAMELEONI started in 1965 in Koper, Slovenia (ex-Yugoslavia). Same year they had their first gig. 1966 they share first price of Championship of Yugoslav bands together with Roboti. Their song "Sjaj izgubljene ljubavi" becomes very popular and they tour whole ex Yugoslavia. They also play often in Austria and Italy. They also played in famous Piper club in Rome. In 1968 they have some members changes and they make music for film "Sončni krik". They split up 1969 but they have reunion concert in 1981 when they make their first long play record. They are still active and few years ago they released album with new songs. Personally, Kameleoni are one of my favorite 60s bands. I can compare them with The Byrds - they have those nice lazy feeling in their music, beautiful vocals and magical jingle sound of guitar. Kameleoni were influenced by early folk punk sound - not only The Byrds but also Love. I like their cover versions of "Dedicated to the One I Love", "With a Girl Like You", "For No One", but I like their songs as "Sjaj izgubljene ljubavi" (one of the best 60s songs), "Looking For Me", "Gdje si ljubavi" even more. (from jugobeat.com)
In late 1983, Predrag Cvetičanin (guitar, vocals) with Zoran Đorđević (guitar), Branko (bass guitar), and Boban (drums) formed the band DOBRI ISAK. Having performed at minor local clubs, the band recorded a home made demo recording, however, the lineup dissolved during the summer of the following year. After several months, Predgrag Cvetičanin, with bassist Miloš Miladinović, and drummer Saša Marković "Markiz", reformed the band. In the period of 1984 and 1985, Nenad Cvetičanin, Predrag's brother, also became a member of the band. He joined the band while his own band, Arnold Layne, was on hiatus. Together with Nenad Cvetičanin, the band recorded their first and only studio album "Mi plačemo iza tamnih naočara", released in 1986 by the Niš Student Cultural Center (SKC), being the first release of the Studentkult production, which released an array of musical and literary releases. The album, released on compact cassette only and printed in a limited number of 100 copies, had been distributed by the Ljubljana ŠKUC, and rapidly sold out. The band presented their new material to the Niš audience, also performing at the 1985 Serbian Youth Festival in Knjaževac, winning the Best Performance Award, and gaining the opportunity to appear at the Dani Novih Omladinskih Novina in Split on summer of the same year. After the Split performance, the band appeared with several other Niš bands at the "Pozdrav iz Niša" manifestation in Skopje. In a short period of time, the band had another performance in Skopje, appearing as guests at the first solo concert of the band Padot na Vizantija. During the late 1985, the band performed at the Rock Bands Festival held at the Beograd's Dom Omladine, and on early 1986, the band had two appearances at the Zagreb alternative rock festival Yu Rock Moment, on March in the semi-final, and on May at the festival finale, held at the Republic Square, performing with Let 3, Oktobar 1864, and Mizar. During 1986, Predrag Cvetičanin produced the recordings for the Niš new romantic band Romantične Boje, even singing part of the lead vocals on the track "San", but the recordings were never released due to the unsuccessful negotiations with PGP-RTB. Dobri Isak performed until June 1986, when they held their last concert at the Niš Synagogue, appearing with Arnold Layne and Mizar, after which they decided to split up. (from wikipedia)
ČUDEŽNA POLJA was formed in 1972, in Ljubljana (Slovenia). They started with blues and rock, in the 80's and later in the 90's were able to switch to commercial pop music. This is their first single record from 1974.
IDEJNI NEMIRI was a Croatian pop-rock/new-wave band, active during 80's in former Yugoslavia. This is their demo tapes. Members were Davor Oreb (bass, vocals), Igor Willheim (guitar, vocals), Saša Tumara (drums) and Goran Troha (keyboards).
DŽENTLMENI was formed in 1966 in Beograd, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia) by Slobodan Todorović (guitar and vocals), Živorad "Žika" Jelić (bass guitar), Milan Buza (rhythm guitar) and Velibor "Boka" Bogdanović (drums), getting the name "Džentlmeni" on Todorović's idea, despite Jelić's suggestion of naming the band "Žetoni". The lineup performed until April 1967 when the band had split in two fractions. Todorović did not continue working with any of the fractions, moving to Siluete and then to the band CD. Milan Buza, with Branko Stefanović (vocals), Đorđe Doksas (solo guitar), Moma Lukić (drums) and Dušan Ćućuz (bass guitar), performed under the moniker Džentlmeni for approximately a year at local parties before disbanding in 1968. The other fraction, featuring Bogdanović and Jelić, continued working with the new Džentlmeni lineup, completed by Mihajlo Simikić (tenor saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals), Branko Marušić "Čutura" (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Žika Jelić's brother Dragan "Dragi" Jelić (guitar). During the Summer of 1967, the band had an Adriatic tour, performing for several months at the isle Hvar and several other resorts, basing their repertoire on cover versions of popular rhythm and blues hits, but also presenting their own material. The frequent live performances provided the band with a status of a leading live act in Belgrade. One of the song from the band performance at the 1968 Subotica Youth festival, "Veseli svet", written by Đorđe Uzelac, was released on the festival official compilation release, along with other bands who performed at the festival. During the same year, the band performed at another major festival, Beogradsko proleće, with the song "To je tvoj stil", written by Vojkan Borisavljević. The song was also included on the band debut 1968 extended play "Idi", featuring the title track, a cover version of Sandie Shaw single "Today", "Naša mladost", recorded at the Subotica Youth festival in 1968, and "Slatko", a cover version of The Drifters hit "Sweets for My Sweet". The song "Naša mladost" also appeared on the various artists compilation 20 godina festivala "Omladina", released for the Subotica Youth festival 20th anniversary in 1981. The following year, in 1969, the band performed again at the Beogradsko proleće festival, with the song "Korak ka suncu", released by PGP-RTB on the official festival compilation. The band also released their second EP "Slomljena srca", featuring the title track, a cover version of the Don Gibson single "Sea of Heartbreak", "Kraj snova", written by Dragi Jelić, "Hellule, Hellule", originally performed by The Tremeloes, and Branko Marušić's song "Nisi došla". The band released their final release in 1970, the single "Ona je moja", a cover version of the song "34-06", with "Da li su važne reči?", a cover version of the song "There's a Better Day Coming", both originally performed by The Dave Clark Five. After the single release, the Jelić brothers and Boka Bogdanović, with keyboard player Miodrag Okuglić formed the band YU Grupa. Marušić continued working with Džentlmeni in the lineup: Zlatko Manojlović (guitar), Robert Nemeček (bass guitar), and Dušan Banović (drums), but the band had frequent lineup changes, and some of the musicians performing with the band were guitarist Zoran Božinović, and bassists Dušan Petrović and Slađana Milošević, before disbanding in 1972. (from wikipedia)
S VREMENA NA VREME was formed in Beograd, Serbia (Ex-Yugoslavia) in1972, with original line-up consisting of Miomir Đukić (prim, guitar, vocal), Vojislav Đukić (guitar, vocal), Asim Sarvan (vocal, guitar) and Ljubomir Ninković (guitar, vocal). They grew out of an informal assembly of musicians who gathered from time to time in order to record songs and soundtrack for Radio Beograd broadcast programmes. They also gained reputation as prolific composers and arrangers for numerous TV, radio, film and theatre performances and shows. They were pioneers of introducing traditional folk elements into popular and rock music, utilizing old instruments such as prim or šargija and making crossover between genres. Drummer Nikola Jager became more or less a regular member of the band since their debut album, while many excellent musicians appeared as guests on their studio works. They built a slow but growing reputation releasing several important singles from 1973-78, many of which hit the top charts in the former Yugoslavia. However, their eponymous debut album from 1975 remains as the most successful achievement to date. Following two more releases, a compilation "Moj svet" and a studio album "Paviljon G", the band decided to split up in 1979. The band re-formed in 1993 for several successful concerts, which were followed by a new studio album "Posle kraja" (1995) and a live album "Unplugged" (1997). Debut album "S vremena na vreme" from 1975 is highly recommended to all prog folk and folk-rock fans as one of the better works from the Yugoslavian prog era of the mid-1970s. It features a mix of acoustic and electric songs with occasional backing sounds of flute, organ and mandolin-related traditional instruments. Arrangements sometimes associate with earlier works of Magna Carta, The Incredible String Band or Jethro Tull, with harmony vocals resembling Simon And Garfunkel influences. (by Sead S. Fetahagić)