The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was the Yugoslav state that existed from the end of WWII (1945) until it was formally dissolved in 1992 amid the Yugoslav wars. It was a socialist state that comprised the area of the present-day independent states of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Kosovo. Outside the Eastern Bloc, but a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement and as such, it was far more opened and tolerant to western influences comparing to the (many) other socialist states.
Unlike the citizens of other Socialist countries, Yugoslavs enjoyed freedom of travel and had an easy access to Western popular culture. The Yugoslav pop and rock music scene was well developed and covered in the media including numerous magazines, radio and (pioneering) TV shows. SFR Yugoslavia was also the only Socialist country which was taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, it joined in 1961 even before Western nations such as Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Turkey. (!)
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The new wave music scene emerged in the late 70’s worldwide and had a significant impact on Yugoslav culture. As its counterparts, the British and the US movement, the Yugoslav new wave was also closely related to Punk Rock, Ska, Reggae, 2 Tone, Mod Revival, etc. The period around 1982 is considered especially crucial concerning the decline of the scene in Yugoslavia, and around the globe.
Zoran Kostić-Cane, the former vocalist of Radnička Kontrola, formed the furious garage punk group Partibrejkers and achieved huge success. Idoli, Prljavo Kazalište and Film became pop-rock and all of them respectively achieved great mainstream success. The cult band Azra gradually moved on to a more conventional folk-rock sound and Električni Orgazam went through a psychedelic phase.
Symbols of the Yugoslav new wave era are the compilation albums Paket Aranžman, Novi Punk Val, Artistička Radna Akcija and especially movies Davitelj Protiv Davitelja (starring Idoli member Srđan Šaper) and Dečko Koji Obećava (featuring appearances by Šarlo Akrobata and Idoli). Also an important rockumentary covering this effervescent period is Sretno Dijete, check it out! Lastly, Dušan Kojić-Koja, the former bass player of Šarlo Akrobata formed the legendary group Disciplina Kičme.
This period in the former Yugoslav music is considered a Golden Age Era!
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Disciplina Kičme (Spinal Discipline), currently working under the slightly altered name of Disciplin A Kitschme, was one of two spin-offs of the seminal Belgrade post-punk/new-wave band Šarlo Akrobata, the other being Ekatarina Velika.
Founded in 1982 by Dušan Kojić-Koja (bass and vocals), Disciplina Kičme was characterized by an unconventional line-ups: bass + one or two drummers, sometimes with and without a brass line. Musically, they are best described as an aggressive and artistic rhythmic explosion, experimenting and seeking out new expressiveness while finding (plenty) inspiration in the traditions of punk rock, funk, jazz fusion, noise, drum n’ bass and even the works of Jimi Hendrix. (!)
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After the first independent album release Sviđa Mi Se Da Ti Ne Bude Prijatno (1983), the band continued performing in major Yugoslav cities, mainly in small clubs, and in 1985, they released an EP Ja Imam Šarene Oči (I Have Colorful Eyes), with the single ‘Novac Neće Doći’, released by Slovenian label Dokumentarna.
Todorović did the drums and Krasavac appeared only on the intro for the track ‘Sviđa Mi Se…’ and on ’28. jun 1984′ recorded live at Belgrade’s SKC on the same date. Kojić produced the EP and for the first time included a trumpet played by Jugoslav Muškinja. Along the decades they passed through many different line-ups and styles, with an (very) active career, being internationally recognized.
Nowadays, the band enjoys a solid cult status, and a last album from 2011!
Disciplina Kičme also held three albums in the YU 100: The Best albums of Yugoslav Pop and Rock music book: Sviđa Mi Se Da Ti Ne Bude Prijatno (No. 52), Zeleni Zub Na Planeti Dosade (No. 32) and Svi Za Mnom! (No. 65) (!)
The ‘IM’ highlights are: Veruj Meni! and Vaspitanje.
A1 Doboš 7 Puta (Snare Drum 7 Times)
A2 Novac Neće Doći! (Money Won’t Come)
A3 Veruj Meni! (Trust Me!)
A4 Pristanište (Pier)
B1 Sviđa Mi Se… (I Like…)
B2 Pregršt Novca (Plenty of Money)
B3 Vaspitanje (Manners)
B4 28. Jun 84!
- Bass, Vocals, Bells: Koja (Dušan Kojić)
- Drums, Percussion (Daire): Zica (Srđan Todorović)
- Drums on 5 and 9: Nenad Krasavac
- Handclaps: Đorđe Kostić, Nenad Krasavac
- Music, Lyrics, Artwork (Cover): Dušan Kojić
- Trumpet: Jugoslav Muškinja
- Photography: Igor Petrović
- Producer: Disciplina Kičme
- Producer, Handclaps: Darko Milojković
- Recorded: Enco Lesić
- Recorded, Producer: Miroslav Cvetković
Recorded at studio Druga Maca, Beograd, September 1983 / 12’’ EP
B4 recorded live in SKC on 28.06.1984 w/ Branislav Trivić (sax), Zekerman (trumpet)
Dokumentarna – DOK P-4