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on Sat May 11, 2019 11:21 am
That nice Mr. Tubey has been pointing me at this area of music lately. So I'll be posting examples now and again. I'll also try to dig out more info on the acts in question. These are La Card performing "Jedno zbogom za tebe" on the Belgrade-based TV show Neki drugi rock and roll (1985). (That looks a bit like something FakeFreef would say!)


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on Sun May 12, 2019 12:16 pm
Today's '80s Yugo goodie comes from Irena. "Koliko Dugo" (How Long) dates from 1985:



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on Mon May 13, 2019 2:14 pm
Next up is "Halo Taxi" (1985) by Top Express. No reliable English information on this band at all! I fear this will be an oft-heard complaint in the posts to come.


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on Tue May 14, 2019 9:46 am
Dada, according to uploader Dronemf S. (my guru on the subject of Yugoslav mid 80's stuff), "is Bosnian Synth Pop/New Wave queen from Tuzla town active during the early-mid 80's." toolakta at Reddit has translated a snippet of the lyrics: "'Take me some place south, and let's walk the long beach...' Regular cheesy lyrics, but awesome sound. Great find!" 



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on Wed May 15, 2019 1:15 pm
Another rare glimpse into alternative Yugoslav pop before the country fell apart. Despite the name, Boye started off as an all-girl band (it would gain some male members in the later '80s). This video clip of a demo version (?) of "Ja Sam Radosna" (I'm Sam) dates from 1983.



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on Fri May 17, 2019 11:40 am
Mr. K wrote:One day I'll find more info on these acts, even if it means google-translating contemporaneous articles.

Perhaps not. It's a dicey business getting onto Bosnian and Serb websites (I had to force-quit Safari twice to get out of trouble) and Google won't allow me to translate them anyway (I left Google in disgust long ago). 

According to uploader dronemf. S, Garri Garrinča are a "Cult Yugoslav Synth/Electro Pop band from Bosnia active in early-mid 80's". They have some nice squelchy synth lines, to be sure.


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on Sun May 19, 2019 9:24 am
According to Dronemf S., Gino De Gagi are a Macedonian Darkwave/Minimalwave/Post Punk outfit. "Ja Nemam Više Njen Broj" (I Don't Have her Number Anymore, in my best Macedonian) dates from 1985. Love the dirty bass--in fact it's quite a stew all round.


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on Tue May 21, 2019 9:36 pm
These are Krik, "nice but relative unknown Yugoslav Pop Rock band from mid 80's with some dark and alter pop-synth pop songs and elements". "Lola" dates from 1986:


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on Wed May 22, 2019 11:34 am
Plastic Age hail from Niš in present-day Serbia. The uploader describes them as "Obscure Yugoslav Minimal/Electronic/Synth/Experimental band from mid 80's." "Ovaj Grad Je Plastičan" (1983) is Serbian for "This city is plastic".

Knowing what would befall Yugoslavia before too long, with neighbours slaughtering each other, I'm reminded of the fate of Pompeii and how that was once a thriving city (perhaps with bands of musicians of its own) before a different kind of disaster struck.


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on Thu May 23, 2019 9:49 am
Today's dose of ex Yu '80s alt stuff comes from Nuevo-Planine. To quote Dronemf S., "Great Obscure 80's Darkwave/Post Punk/Goth Rock band from Yugoslavia..enjoy". Love the bass riff! And the strange synth line out of nowhere at the very end...



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on Fri May 24, 2019 9:11 pm
All this stuff is obscure but this track is the most obscure yet--totally obscure Darkwave, to quote the uploader. Alcide NeKropo's "Untitled 3", he adds, is "1980's Clinical Coldwave". The plot thickens. The fact that the record is warped only adds to the truly unsettling listening experience.



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on Mon May 27, 2019 8:50 pm
According to uploader ExYuDarkScene, Paragos is a very rare 80s Serbian gothic/dark synth band. All EYDS knows is that they were around somewhere between 1982 and 1984. Only three songs have survived, including "Vrata" (The Door):


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on Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:10 pm
"Bleda Lica" (Pale Face) is a track by Benamon, a Serbian female-fronted darkwave/synthpop band. According to Commenter Boris B (in free translation): "At the end of the '90s, I acquired the compilation Second Wave, which included this track, but for some reason it was interrupted halfway. This is the first time after more than 20 years that I've heard it all the way through. Great stuff." I couldn't agree more, sir.


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on Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:15 pm
The Slovenian punk/new wave band Indust Bag are famous in their part of the world and still active today and in that respect occupy a special place in this topic. "Psihoza" (psychosis) comes from their 1987 album V Obdobju Zločina... (In the period of crime).



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on Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:23 am
Transmisia are a "legendary Croatian darkwave Post Punk band, later Industrial Crossover-Noise Rock band formed in mid 80's...enjoy in their darker early stuff.." 

Thanks, DS. From 1986, this is "Snaga Straha" (Power of Fear). And very tasty it is too. Happily, Discogs (and not some iffy site) has the lowdown on their career. 



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