četvrtak, 30. studenoga 2023.

BIJELO DUGME - Ne gledaj me tako i ne ljubi me više (1975) Single


BIJELO DUGME sixth single record from 1975.

BIJELO DUGME - 5. April '81 (1981)


"5. april '81" is the second live album by BIJELO DUGME. It was recorded in Zagreb's "Kulušić club" during the Yugoslavia-wide tour in support of "Doživjeti stotu" studio album. The album was put out in limited release of only 20,000 copies. The album featured a live cover of Indexi song "Sve ove godine".

srijeda, 29. studenoga 2023.

BIJELO DUGME - Da sam pekar (1974) Single


BIJELO DUGME third single record from 1974.

BIJELO DUGME - Koncert kod Hajdučke česme (1977)


"Koncert kod Hajdučke česme" is the first live release by BIJELO DUGME. The album's title refers to the band's famous concert played before approximately 100,000 people on August 28, 1977 near Hajdučka česma grounds at Košutnjak Park in Beograd, however, the material on the record is only partially recorded at the said event. After disappointingly realizing the concert recording sounded terrible on tape due to technical limitations and the wide open space, the band played another show at "Đuro Đaković Hall" in Sarajevo on October 25, 1977, which is the actual performance heard on the album. In the end, the only part of original Hajdučka česma concert that ended up on the record is the crowd reaction after each song. (from wikipedia)

BIJELO DUGME - Da mi je znati koji joj je vrag (1975) Single


BIJELO DUGME fourth single record from 1975.

utorak, 28. studenoga 2023.

BIJELO DUGME - Uspavanka za Radmilu M. (1983)


Coming off their New Wave-inspired "Doživjeti stotu" album, which was a radical departure from BIJELO DUGME's original folkish hard rock style, "Uspavanka za Radmilu M." was to be the band's chance for redemption as they decided to make it a lot less New Wave-oriented. And though it had a considerably more favourable initial reception than its predecessor, most still found it to be unfocused and incoherent. Tracks like the opening "Polubauk polukruži poluevropom" and the Lou Reedesque "Ovaj ples dame biraju", both featuring barely intelligible lyrics, were in many circles taken as the defining proof that Goran Bregović was fast becoming a spent author with no new credible ideas. "U vrijeme otkazanih letova" fuses lyrics featuring oriental motifs with the '80s new romantic sound. The band only somewhat sounds like the famous Bijelo dugme of old on "Ako možeš zaboravi" (by far the best known song off the album) and "Zašto me ne podnosi tvoj tata". The album is rounded off by "Ne plači", followed by the instrumental title track. Still, Goran Bregović managed to get the public's attention by having Željko Bebek sing "Kosovska" in Albanian. The fact that this occurred only a year after 1981 Albanian protests in Kosovo made the song a controversial choice. In addition to generating media publicity for the band, "Kosovska" also opened new doors for Bijelo Dugme as they now felt comfortable staging a concert in Priština - something that most other Yugoslav bands at the time stayed away from due to fears of crowd trouble. The track also featured Leb i Sol leader Vlatko Stefanovski on guitar. During its making, Bregović conceptulized "Uspavanka za Radmilu M." as the band's farewell record. He later said: “When we were working on "Uspavanka", we approached it with the intent of making it our final album. Some pieces came together that made it clear to us that it is time to go. I planned on making our Belgrade concert at Sajmište on April 24, 1983 our last, but the entire atmosphere was so good, that we had a change of heart." And while "Uspavanka za Radmilu M." turned out not to be Bijelo dugme's swan song, it was the end of an era in other ways. It was their last album featuring Željko Bebek, founding member who spent the previous decade as the group's lead singer. He officially left in April 1984 to pursue a solo career, following a long period of quiet and open feuding with Bregović, mostly over revenue sharing. It was also the last studio album Bijelo dugme released for Jugoton, as the record label wasn't happy with the band's recent shift towards New Wave, which they thought perciptated a drop in sales. On the other hand, Bregović thought the lack of a proper marketing effort by the label contributed to band's deteriorating popularity. (from wikipedia)

BIJELO DUGME - Pristao sam biću sve što hoće (1979) Single


BIJELO DUGME eleventh single record from 1979.

BIJELO DUGME - Top (1974) Single


BIJELO DUGME first single record from 1974.

ponedjeljak, 27. studenoga 2023.

BIJELO DUGME - Glavni junak jedne knjige (1974) Single


BIJELO DUGME second single record from 1974.

BIJELO DUGME - Doživjeti stotu (1980)


"Doživjeti stotu" is the fifth studio album released by Yugoslav rock band BIJELO DUGME. The album is noted for the band's change of direction towards new wave, in contrast to folkish hard rock on their previous releases. "Doživjeti stotu" was being prepared and eventually released in the wake of the Yugoslav lifetime president Josip Broz Tito's death. His passing on May 4, 1980 triggered an extended mourning period that saw most of the entertainment activities throughout the country temporarily quiet down. Pre-recording rehearsals were held in Goran Bregović's chalet on Jahorina Mountain, before actual sessions began at Radio Belgrade's Studio 4 on October 6, 1980. Exactly two months later, on December 6, in anticipation of the album release, the 7" single "Dobro vam jutro Petrović Petre"/"Na zadnjem sjedištu moga auta" appeared in stores containing a song off the coming album as well as a B-side from the previous one. Immediately, the new song about a fictional character Petar Petrović received a radio ban due to the lyric "sve u finu materinu", which some found inappropriate "especially in the sensitive time following Tito's death". Also, once the album itself came out, some complained about what they saw to be the "morbidity" of its three part sleeve, which depicts a plastic surgery. The sleeve was done by graphic designer Mirko Ilić, artist closely associated with Yugoslav New Wave scene. Unlike with previous studio albums, promoting "Doživjeti stotu" also included selling the shocked public on the whole new sound and radically different look. Except for "Pristao sam biću sve što hoće" and "Pjesma mom mlađem bratu" every single track sounded much different from what came to be expected as Bijelo dugme sound over the previous 6–7 years, which is why the album was met with a lot of scepticism. (from wikipedia)

nedjelja, 26. studenoga 2023.

BIJELO DUGME - Bitanga i princeza (1979)


"Bitanga i princeza" is the fourth studio album released by Yugoslav Rock band BIJELO DUGME. It is highly regarded as the band's most mature effort and is considered by both fans and critics alike to be one of Bijelo dugme’s finest works. It is considered by many to have been the bands final progressive/hard rock influenced album before Bijelo dugme re-invented themselves for the 1980s, by taking on board a more New Wave sound that started sweeping the former Yugoslavia at the time. In addition to containing shorter, more softer songs in comparison to their previous works, "Bitanga i princeza" also features the seven and a half minute "Sve će to mila moja prekriti ruzmarin, snjegovi i šaš", a haunting ballad that went on to become one of Bijelo dugme's signature songs. The album was polled in 1998 as the 9th on the list of 100 greatest Yugoslav rock and pop albums in the book "YU 100: Najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike". (from wikipedia)

BIJELO DUGME - Eto! Baš hoću! (1977)


"Eto! Baš hoću!" is the third studio album released by Yugoslav rock band BIJELO DUGME. Album continues Bijelo dugme's early folkish hard rock style, although it is on this album that Goran Bregović began to react to changing trends in rock music (both internationally and domestically) by slowly shedding the band's heavy metal and progressive rock leanings in favor of a more soft rock, consequently paving the way for the band's eventual shifting into 1980s New Wave. Still, "Eto! Baš hoću!" is acknowledged as Bijelo dugme's last, true hard rock album from the early period, together with the 1977 live album "Koncert kod Hajdučke česme". What eventually became "Eto! Baš hoću!" album was created in extremely stressful circumstances. Rehearsals and pre-recording sessions began at Borike village in September 1976. Of the now established lineup that completed the first two albums, only Zoran Redžić was missing since he was away serving the army stint. His replacement on bass was Ljubiša Racić who was with the band since the beginning of the year having played his first show with Bijelo dugme on February 11, 1976 at Belgrade's Pionir Hall during the tour supporting the previous album. The tour lasted through the summer finishing in August and Bregović then decided to quickly record a new album to be in stores by the end of the year since he knew Pravdić would have to go away to the army as he was turning 27 in early December. To that end Bregović booked a studio in London for the month of November and set about writing and practicing the new material on the fly at Borike. In early October both the keyboardist Vlado Pravdić and drummer Ipe Ivandić got unexpected call ups to immediately report for their mandatory army stints by October 13, 1976 in Čačak and Belgrade, respectively, which meant that Bregović suddenly had to find two new members on a very short notice. For the drummer spot, he right away turned to old bandmate Milić Vukašinović who quickly accepted, but getting a new keyboardist was not as smooth. Bregović wanted Laza Ristovski, playing with Smak at the time, who in addition to being uneasy about leaving his band also felt apprehensive about fitting into Bijelo dugme setup that was much different both creatively and organizationally from what he was used to with Smak. Ristovski finally decided to give it a shot, and after some initial difficulties, eventually stayed on. His arrival got major attention in Yugoslav media that covered it like a bigtime football transfer. Dissatisfied with the way things are going on organizational front generally, Bregović also sacked the band's manager Grada Veljković and brought Raka Marić in his place. The album was originally supposed to be called "Sve se dijeli na dvoje, na moje i tvoje", but despite trying very hard, Bregović wasn't able to come up with a satisfactory melody to a Duško Trifunović-written poem from which the above lyric is taken, so the whole the idea was abandoned. The next suggestion for the album title was "Hoću bar jednom da budem blesav!" which the people at record label "Jugoton" didn't like, so finally right before departing for London "Eto! Baš hoću!" was agreed on as sort of a compromise. Since Racić was just a replacement until Redžić gets back from the army, the band did not take him to London, so Bebek ended up playing the bass on the album. Once the recording sessions began at Air Studios, a new problem arose - the band featuring two new members (Ristovski and Vukašinović) versus two returning ones (Bregović and Bebek) sounded much different from how Bregović envisioned this album should sound. Still, by the end of their time in London most things fell into place and the album was released back home on December 20, 1976. Upon coming back to Sarajevo the preparations for the tour to begin in February 1977 started. That brought about more personnel issues, however, as bassist Ljubiša Racić asked for more money, but instead of giving him a raise, Bregović fired him. Bregović and manager Marić turned to looking for a replacement, picking up Sanin Karić. (from wikipedia)

subota, 25. studenoga 2023.

srijeda, 22. studenoga 2023.

BIJELO DUGME - Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu (1975)


"Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu" is the second studio album from influential former Yugoslav rock band BIJELO DUGME, released in 1975. The album is a continuation of the band's early folkish hard rock sound that was featured on their debut album "Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme", again incorporating folk music elements blended with blues. Although the album was recorded in London, the songs were written during August, September, and October 1975 in the Bosnian village of Borike (near Rogatica), renowned for its breeding of Arabian horses. The album is perhaps most memorable for its songs "Ne gledaj me tako i ne ljubi me više", "Požurite konji moji", title track "Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu", all tracks exceeding 6 minutes, and all-time hit "Tako ti je mala moja kad ljubi Bosanac". (from wikipedia)


IPE IVANDIĆ & BIJELO DUGME - Džambo (1976) Single


GORAN IPE IVANDIĆ was a former drummer of »Bijelo Dugme« and ex-member of groups »Jutro« and »Rock«. On January 13th 1994, Ivandić fell from the 6th floor of Beograd’s »Metropol« hotel and died in what is widely believed to have been a suicide attempt. This is his solo single record from 1976.

utorak, 21. studenoga 2023.

BIJELO DUGME - Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme (1974)


BIJELO DUGME were a highly influential rock band stationed in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, originally when in Yugoslavia. Active between 1974 and 1989, they are considered to have been the most popular band ever to exist in the former Yugoslavia. Founder of the band was Goran Bregović, who spent much of his childhood in a Musical School for violin players, from which he was expelled for “lack of talent”. Soon after his expulsion, his mother bought him a guitar, and thus, Bijelo Dugme was born. Goran Bregović often admitted that his main motivation for forming the band was because “women were more receptive to musicians”. Bregović was the band’s sole composer and wrote most of the lyrics, although some of the most popular Bijelo dugme songs weren’t written by Bregović, for example: "Ima neka tajna veza", "Glavni junak jedne knjige", "Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu", "Pristao sam biću sve što hoće" were written by Duško Trifunović, "Da sam pekar", "Selma" were written by Vlado Dijak, "Loše vino" by Arsen Dedić etc. After recruiting the band’s first line up, Bijelo dugme under the name Jutro were turned down by Sarajevo based record company Diskoton, but were offered to record a single for another record company, Jugoton. The first single was named "Kad bi’ bio bijelo dugme". After the single was released, Bregović was convinced by the band’s manager to change the band’s name to Bijelo dugme. With charismatic vocalist Željko Bebek, the band soon reached stardom in the former Yugoslavia, as one newspaper put it, they sold more albums then there were record players in Yugoslavia. The pinnacle of the band’s career was 1979’s Bitanga i Princeza, the album is often heralded as their most mature with vocalist Željko Bebek. They were often referred to as the Yugoslav Beatles. The turn of the decade brought the rise of numerous new wave artists, including Azra, and Bijelo dugme soon found their popularity sinking, to which they reacted by reinventing themselves for their 1980 release "Doživjeti stotu", featuring a much more new wave oriented sound. 1984 brought the departure of Željko Bebek to pursue a solo career and Mladen Vojičić - Tifa was recruited to replace him for their 1984 self-titled release. He was booted from the band because of inner conflicts and was replaced by Alen Islamović, formerly vocalist of the heavy metal band Divlje jagode for their last two, folk-inspired records. The band disbanded in 1989 after Alen Islamović checked into a hospital for chest pains during their last tour, without telling anyone he was ill. The real reasons have never been elaborated, but most people suspect the dissolution of Yugoslavia caused the breakup of the band, because the band was often seen as a symbol of unity among the peoples of Yugoslavia. Some of Bijelo dugme’s the most popular songs are: "Selma", "Lipe cvatu", "Đurđevdan", "Ipak poželim neko pismo", "Ima neka tajna veza", "Pristao sam biću sve što hoće, "Loše vino" "Lažeš", "Ne spavaj mala moja muzika dok svira", "Blues za moju bivšu dragu" etc. The band reunited for three concerts in Sarajevo, Zagreb and Belgrade in 2005 with all three vocalists, but without drummer Goran “Ipe” Ivandić who committed suicide in Belgrade, Serbia in 1994. "Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme" is the 1974 debut LP from influential Yugoslav rock group Bijelo Dugme. Together with their second album "Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu", is considered the most heavy metal driven album of their 16 year career. At the time the band was strongly influenced by popular rock pioneers such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, together with blues and traditional Balkan music a genre that would be further explored by band leader, chef lyricist and composer Goran Bregović in latter years. (from wikipedia)

BIJELO DUGME - Tako ti je mala moja kad ljubi Bosanac (1976) Single


BIJELO DUGME eighth single record from 1976.