NAUTILUS was a rock band from Zagreb (Croatia) in former Yugoslavia. Members were Vedran Božić (guitar), Branimir Lamber Živković (keyboards, flute), Alberto Krasnić (bass) and Ratko Divjak (drums). These six instrumentals recorded at Radio Zagreb in 1970.
RANKO BOBANis a Croatian rock singer, guitar player and composer/producer from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in former Yugoslavia. This is his second single record from 1978. (thanks to Dimitrij Ivanov)
ŠARLO AKROBATA were a seminal Yugoslav rock band often categorized as late punk or new wave, particularly art-oriented. They formed in 1980, in Beograd. Short-lived band but extremely influential, in addition to being one of the most important acts of the Yugoslav New Wave scene, the three piece left an indelible mark on the entire music scene of former Yugoslavia. In April 1981, the band recorded their debut studio album "Bistriji ili tuplji čovek biva kad..." originally intended to be released through PGP RTB, but the head managers of the label, confused with the results of the recordings, sold it to Jugoton which released it in July of the same year. Jugoton put out around 10,000 copies of the album with very little commercial radio support, all of which, along with the absence of a recognizable hit candidate like "Ona se budi" or "Niko kao ja", both previously released on single, resulted in the album selling modestly. The album recording sessions featured Goran Vejvoda, Gagi Mihajlović, Jurij Novoselić "Kuzma" from the band Film and Dejan Kostić from Grupa I. Even though the original band's musical directions were based on a combination of punk rock and white reggae music, the outcome of the album recording sessions proved turned out to be as experimental as possible. The recording sessions were based on a kind of a system where Mladenović and Kojić would bring fresh raw ideas and Vdović would modify and shape them. Mladenović was into poetic and melodic aspect of the whole thing while Kojić, inspired by Jimi Hendrix style of playing, was turned to minimal lyrics and aggressive music which can be recognized on different tracks on the album and their work in general. The record was also a brave experiment where all British New Wave styles had been combined with reggae, punk sound backed with dub effects. The title of the album was taken from Vasa Pelagić's book "Narodni učitelj", from which the song lyrics for the song "Pazite na decu I" were also taken. The track differed from others because Mladenović played the drums, Vdović played the guitar, Dejan Kostić played bass, Gagi Mihajlović was on piano, while Kojić shrieked and played timpani. When the instrumental part was recorded, the tree read parts from Pelagić's book and different articles from Politikin Zabavnik magazine. The producer of the album was signed as Akpiđoto (misspelled on the album cover as Aktiđoto) which is actually a combination of names of real producers, Akrobata (the band), Pile (the nickname of Mile Miletić), Đorđe (Petrović) and Toni (Jurij, a recording engineer from Ljubljana who was an expert on dub techniques). After the album recording sessions, the professional and, consequently, private relations within the group were very strained and they split up. (from wikipedia)
NARCIS VUČINA I SLOBODAN SAMARDŽIĆ were an acoustic duet from Sarajevo, (Bosnia and Herzegovina) formed in 1976., active until 1978. They performed across the former Yugoslavia and often participated in TV shows. Their biggest hits were "Albatros", "Lenora" and "Čisti zrak". Narcis Vučina and Slobodan Samardžić recorded only one single as a duet and it was released by PGP RTB in Beograd. Since 1978 both Narcis and Slobodan continued separately each with his own solo career. (from discogs.com)
SLOMLJENA STAKLA were formed in 1982, in Beograd (Serbia) by singer and composer Zoran Vasilić. Other members were Mladen Lukač (drums), Milan Stanković "Mika"(keyboards), Dragan Zarić "Zare" (guitar), and Aleksandar Živanović (bass guitar). In the autumn of 1984, after a large number of concerts, the band released their second album "Ljubav je kad...", produced by Saša Habić, through recor label Jugoton. The songs were written by Zarić and Vasilić. The album featured the hits "Una", "Monsunski vetrovi", "Leto je, devojko", the title track, and the instrumental track "Senke u noć". Soon after the album was released, the band was joined by the new bass guitarist, Vladan Vasiljević, and the new drummer, Ivan Ranković. (from wikipedia)
After IDOLI split up, the first solo release by any Idoli member was "Poslednja mladost u Jugoslaviji" by KRSTIĆ & ŠAPER. The two started writing and recording new material in 1986 and the album came out in 1987 through Jugoton. The two also formed a backing band, "Unutrašnja Imperija" featuring Dragomir Mihajlović "Gagi" (guitar), Branko Isaković (bass) and Dragoljub Đuričić (drums). The material and album production was done by Krstić & Šaper themselves with the help of Branko Isaković and Srđan Gojković. (from wikipedia)
"Maljčiki" is the second single by the Serbian and former Yugoslav New wave rock band IDOLI. Vlada Divljan, the member of Idoli wanted to create a song which would be a parody on the Soviet Socialist realism. The song depicts a sort of Stakhanov-like proletarian who enthusiastically wakes up in the early dawn to go to work in a mine and a metallurgy factory. The song also included ethnic Russian music elements and some nebulose Russian language lyrics that nobody from the band could understand. The Russian language part on the officially released version was narrated by Dragan Papić who was the band's manager at that time. (from wikipedia)
VIS IDOLI was officially formed on March 1, 1980 when the band had their first rehearsal. The first lineup consisted of primary school friends Vlada Divljan (guitar, vocals), Zdenko Kolar (bass), Boža Jovanović (drums) and Divljan's high school friends Srđan Šaper (percussion, vocals) and Nebojša Krstić (percussion). At that time the band collaborated with Dragan Papić who was a kind of media activist. The band manipulated the media very well. For example, they were to announce a change to the band's name on several occasions and the new names would be "Apoloni 5" or "Idoli plus bradonje" because of Kolar and Jovanović's wearing beards. On June 1980, the band made their first live appearance at Belgrade's SKC with the leading Serbian new wave acts. After a month of existence, the band released their first single with a magazine called "Vidici" and it consisted of two tracks, "Pomoć, pomoć" and "Retko te viđam sa devojkama", a song with a gay-hint. Already parting ways with Papić, the band recorded another version of the track as a B-side of "Maljčiki" single, but this time in Zagreb with the producer Goran Bregović. At the 1980 Subotica Youth Festival, where new wave bands from Zagreb and Belgrade met for the first time, they appeared with the track "Zašto su danas devojke ljute?" and got one of the prizes. Idoli, with Električni Orgazam and Šarlo Akrobata participated in the project called "Paket aranžman" with four tracks, "Schwule Über Europa" (a parody on the attitude towards Germans) "Plastika", "Maljčiki" (Russian for "Boys", a parody on Russians) and "Amerika". The promotional video for "Maljčiki" was banned on national television and some radio stations after the Soviet embassy responded. The band had its first independent concert on June 25 at the garden of Belgrade's SKC. The scalpers sold the tickets four times the original price. The opening acts were Bezobrazno Zeleno, VIA Talas, Marko Brecelj and Feo Volarić. The next release was a self-titled EP or mini LP as it was called in former Yugoslavia, featuring six tracks including a cover version of Chuck Berry's "Come On" ("Hajde") and Darko Kraljić's "Devojko mala". Film members Mladen Juričić (also known as Max Wilson) playing harmonica and Jurij Novoselić (also known as Kuzma Videosex) who played organ made guest appearances. The record was produced by another Film member, Ivan Stančić Piko. The cover of the album is the Red Nude by Amedeo Modigliani. Jugoton later re-released the EP with Film's live EP in Kulušić as a compilation album "Zajedno". A tour with Film came in 1981 when they traveled in a boat and played in sea side resorts. In the summer of 1981, a new drummer became Kokan Popović who previously played with Divljan and Kolar in Merlin and Zvuk Ulice. The band started recording their first album in autumn 1981 with Goran Vejvoda and Dušan Mihajlović Spira who ought to have been the assistant producer as they wanted to produce the record by themselves. After a short period Mihajlović left and the only assistance was Mile Miletić Pile. The recording of the album took more than four hundred hours which was a record in former Yugoslavia still to be broken. Guests on the album were Bebi Dol who did backing vocals on "Odbrana", and Vuk Vujačić, Goran Grbić and Slobodan Grozdanović were a brass section on "Senke su drugačije". "Odbrana i poslednji dani" came out in early 1982. It got the name from a Borislav Pekić book with the same title on which the whole album is based. It is a complex concept album dealing with an anthropological approach towards orthodoxy. The track "Poslednji dani" originally entitled "Maršal", dedicated to former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito, did not include the last verse due to the record company disapproval. A detail from a cloth on a Saint Nicholas icon was used as the cover and the font used on the record was a Cyrillic font similar to the one used in the Miroslav's Gospel. The band won the best album and the best cover award in 1982. In 1986 Yugoslav rock critics voted "Odbrana i poslednji dani" the best Yugoslav rock album of the 20th century. On July 1982, Zdenko Kolar went to serve in the army and his replacement was Bulevar bassist Branko Isaković. The band started recording a new album in London with producer Bob Painter. Even though they changed their style to pop/rock, "Čokolada" went platinum and the title track became their greatest commercial hit. There was a slight scandal about the track being composed by Dušan Gerzić for the band Via Talas and Šaper presenting it as an Idoli track. However, Gerzić was credited co-author on "Bambina" which was released as a single. For this record Divljan wrote only "Radostan dan", "Vetar i zastave" and "Ja sam tu" (for which Divljan added a verse from Mišo Kovač track "Plakat će zora" written by Drago Britvić) because he was about to graduate mining and geology at the University of Belgrade. At the same time Šaper graduated from his studies in movie directing. Guest appearances on the album were reporter Vivien Goldman who was a guest vocalist and producer Bob Painter who played the keyboards. The original idea was to release a double EP called "U gradu bez sna", but Jugoton refused and released it as a long play album. After performing in Ljubljana, in March 1984, due to conflicts between the members, the band ceased to exist. The last Idoli release was a soundtrack for the movie "Šest dana juna" directed by Dinko Tucaković. (from wikipedia)