the soundtrack – part III

artwork © Max Andersson & Lars Sjunnesson

artwork © Max Andersson & Lars Sjunnesson

In the early to mid-1960’s the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was flooded by a virtual tsunami of bands inspired by beat music and by the proto-punk genre known as garage rock. Naturally most of the releases were covers of British or U.S. hits, however original compositions were not uncommon, such as the Sarajevo-based Indexi’s Nikada.

An EP would typically feature two or more covers of popular foreign songs, while on the B-side an instrumental recording based on a local traditional theme might be sneaked in probably as a kind of “filler” material. Today, these mutant tunes stand out as the true highlights of the records, radiating a strange but irresistible energy, as in Kaleš Bre Anđo and Napuljska Gitara by, respectively, Delfini and Crveni Koralji (both Zagreb bands).

Although there is no evidence that the Marshal personally approved of any of these musical expressions, many pop songs were written and performed in his honor during the last decades of his life and beyond – among them the 1980 hit Druze Tito, mi ti se kunemo performed by Zdravko Čolić.

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