30 April 2012

2227: Šarlo Budi Nežan (1995) 7"

Now this is a rarity. A blue vinyl 7-inch... I first saw it on a record store in 1996 but I didn't have any money on me as I spent all my money on a ticket for Biohazard and Dog Eat Dog concert, hehe... Since then I was looking for it and found it two years ago in Ljubljana. Still sealed and in mint condition... As if it was waiting for me.

So here it is for everyone to enjoy.

Btw, side A features Šarlo Akrobata and Tom Waits covers...

2227: Stripcore (1993)

1991-1993: Reincarnation

In 1991, Jani and Bozo start anew, and they are joined by Macek (drums; ex-Komakino, before also Buldogi, Niet, and Lublanski Psi). 2-2-2-7 become an instrumental trio. They perform in Slovenia, Italy, Czechoslovakia, and the Netherlands. Gradually they widen their viewpoints of music: from hard-core roots emerges a creative mixture of most varied approaches and influences. What results is an unusual music collage which perplexes music critics in their attempts to designate - at least provisionally - their music style. Therefore, 2-2-2-7 simply adopt the name of their cover organisation for the designation of their creativity - the stripcore music. Together with the business manager of Strip Core, Katerina Mirovic, they are finally prepared to embark on their way into show business.

In 1992, Radio Slovenija enables them to record the first three songs. Precisely at that time the band strengthens with a new member - Vuk Krakovic, violinist with a classical musical education (of Belgrade origins), who introduces more subtle tones into the music of the group. Together they record the piece Rolling Stoned. As the result is good, the further co-operation is resolved. The tune Watch-A-Gonna Do? gets the lyrics sung by Macek, while The Big Blues remains a classic instrumental trio. Franci Rainer produces all three pieces.

After hardening with some more concert experiences, 2-2-2-7 enters the Tivoli Studio to record more material for their first album, produced by Aldo Ivancic (Borghesia). The record already has its title – Stripcore. However, complications with publishers continue deep into 1993; the CD is finally released as a self-edition by Strip Core (Forum). Besides ten newly recorded tunes the CD also brings three songs recorded live at the Novi Rock festival. The band also designs the cover of the record.

More and more texts to tunes are being written, and thus the band starts to search for a singer (him or her) – with no success. In the meanwhile, Macek and Vuk sing at the concerts. In September 1993 follows the first media-resounding performance at Novi Rock (again!); Jovo (ex-Howitzer) decides on the spot to accept the offered position of drummer of the band, while Maèek takes over the role of singer.

Marko Kovacic directs a videoclip for two combined tunes (which somewhat confuses television personnel): I’ve Seen That Head Before is a remake of the Grace Jones classic, while Like It Like It Is Is a quickplay outburst of unobstructed energy. The set design for the videoclip are graffiti made by the members of the group, with which Strip Core has been participating at solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad.

Download from here.

29 April 2012

2227... my favourite Slovenian band

1985-1986: Prehistory

The 2227 group emerges on the very firm Slovene hard core scene of the time: Bozo (guitar; ex-UBR), Jani (bass; ex-Epidemija), Dare Kuhar (drums; ex-Odpadki Civilizacije), and David Krzisnik (vocal). The name of the group was picked simply from someone’s identity card. In 1986 they participate at the Novi Rock festival. At this occasion they are entitled to use - free of charge - the Top Ten studio facilities to record one song. 2227 record four tunes in a single stroke, without breaks. Nobody, not even the producer Janez Krizaj, notices the surplus of three pieces. And tone technicians at Radio Student prefer to play them in sequence.

After 1986, 2227 sink into self-oblivion because of successive enrolments of the members into Yugoslav National Army.

Text taken from this site.

Tomorrow their debut album Stripcore...

Strelnikoff: Bitchcraft (1998)

The final stage in Strelnikoff discography is controvesrial EP Bitchcraft. After Yugoslavian republics went their separate ways democracy has blessed our land. We got freedom of speech! But all that was forgotten when some rockers from Celje that called themselves Strelnikoff, published this EP that featured virgin Mary with a rat in her lap on the cover. Religious feelings were hurt! A blasphemy! It was all over the daily newspapers.

The virgin Mary from Brezje is supposed to be the most holy icon in Slovenia and Strelnikoff put a rat in her lap instead of baby Jesus. Ts ts, you bad boys. The process never had an official ending, but nothing happened to Strelnikoff, thank god (!). They were never convicted. I even think that the case was outdated. The whole scandal only showed how many strings church can pull in a democratic country where real criminals are rarely charged in months. The Strelnikoff process stared just a week after the CD was published!

You can get Bitchcraft here.

Strelnikoff & Marko Brecelj: Hojladrija Svinjarija Diareja Gonoreja (1994)

Next from the Strelnikoff menu is a project with legendary singer Marko Brecelj, also known as a member of Buldožer and a vital activist. 7 tracks of electro punk industrial.

You can get it here.

28 April 2012

Strelnikoff: Heavy Mentally Retarded (1992)

We continue our trip through Strelnikoff's music. This is the only full lenght album they released. Strelnikoff at it's best.

Imagine a dark club full with boys and girls wanting to have fun. The only source of light are four white search ligths hovering above the crowd. There's sax intro of Too drunk to fuck on the speakers and they boys are eagerly waiting for the song to really start so they can prove themselves in front of the girls. Hormones are at it's peak levels. Everybody is drunk and everybody wants to fuck. When the rhythm machine starts pounding, battering, the searchlights are killed by the stroboscope flashing in the rhythm of the song. Pogo starts almost immediately and lasts until the final second. It happened almost every week in our local club...

The other hit song in the iron repertoar of the DJs was I'm So Pretty But She Don't Care. Still gets my heart beating at higher rates... Another one is Gimme A Gun (After Midnight) for which they recorded the only video:

I promised a story of Saynee Ikkorumovidax. I think that Strelnikoff and Miladojka Youneed were partying together, messing around with the tape recorder. Somehow they recorded (if I remmber the story right) jaz, s sekiro v roki (litlerally: me with an axe in my hand) and played the tape backwards. It sounded like saynee ikkorumovidax. A subliminal message of some sort, hehe... Both bands did their versions of the song and the guy publishing the Naša četica koraka renamed the song to Silence as saynee sounds similar to silence (I presume it happened like that).

So, here you have it, one of the best alternative albums ever published in Slovenia. 


ps. The story of Saynee... was told to me by Vasja. It is quite possible that he was just joking around with a curious youngster, so don't hold it against me if you find out that the story isn't true, hehe...

25 April 2012

Naša Četica Koraka (1989) comp. tape

Although this compilation futures only two songs from Strelnikoff it is interresting because the publisher obviously didn't put much effort into writing down the correct titles of their songs. As the first part of Saynee Ikkorumovidax sounds a lot like silence the publisher felt free to rename one of the Strelnikoff songs (that was also done by Miladojka Youneed another great Slovenian band - more about that band and that particular song some other time). The other Strelnikoff song on the cassette is titled Lari-fari but the correct title is Valhalla. I don't know the reason for that (nor does Strelnikoff' singer Vasja) but it's a cute mistake, intentional or not.

The other bands futured on this tape are KBO!, Ujetniki svobode, Ženevski dekret, Game over etc.

You can get the tape here.

24 April 2012

Strelnikoff: 45% Vol. (1990) 7"

We already know the band from the previous post. This is a 7" rip from 1990 that brings a song that will later become the title song of their only full lenght album (issued in 1993) and a cover of Dead Kennedys Too drunk to fuck.

Download: click.

23 April 2012

Strelnikoff: On 45 (1990)

Strelnikoff are often reffered to as Slovenian Minstry as they both exploit and explore the industrial sounds. Probably the fastest Slovenian band in the early 90's due to the rhythm machine that added solid ground for live played instruments. Strelnikoff were definitely ahead of the time and well known in Slovenia but didn't establish a big (what is big?) fan base. Metalheads were against them because they used the rhythm machine. They were not punk enough (in musical sense) for the punks. They played with NoMeansNo in the early 90's and were know for the fact, that Jello Biafra was their fan.

Another similarity to Ministry were the lead singers Vasja and Sergej that always performed to the max and were crazy-as-shit (in the most positive sense of the phrase).

Sergej and Vasja in the zone

This is their first 12" and it is a vinyl rip.

Get it here: click.

Plüg & ŠKM: Demo(s) Action (2004)

This one is for the post rock fans. Both bands come from the East part of Slovenia, considerably the most talented region regarding alternative music. Many of the bands from Murska Sobota or Beltinci are members of so called Prekmurje Noise Conspiracy an association for promotion of alternative culture.

Plüg used to be a 5 member band with two drummers but didn't live long in that formation. Now (?) it is one man band project. Nevertheless the few concerts they played were very well attended and mostly well accepted. Particulry the two drummers made quite an impression. The low growling vocals of the lead singer were also mesmerizing. Strong, grinding wall of sound that they made combined with the soft, dreamy tunes made your spirit fly to the clouds :)
Two drummers of Plüg
ŠKM is more technical band. Instrumental band that eludes the genre definition. ŠKM stands for Štefan Kovač - Marko who was a second world war hero. Also a club in Beltinci is named after him (if I'm not mistaken).

Anyway, here's the link to this rare record:


02 April 2012

...A Je To!: Juriš V Svobodo (1995)

...A je to! named after a popular Czechoslovakian cartoon were shortlived but made quite an impact on Slovenian punk scene. As the tho characters from the cartoon the band was very optimistic and funny (in lyrics), but also enviromentally engaged.

In short time they gathered a lot of fan base and followers. I remember their gig in our local club in 1995 (I think - or even earlier). It was one of the best gigs in 30 years history of the club. Very energetic, a lot of pogo and sing-a-long.

With the single "Jožica" they even made the national charts, but for me that song was / is the weakest link on the short album. You can find the download link below and the photos are from the above mentioned concert.