Kao Da Je Bilo Nekad: Best albums of Ex-Yugoslavia by 19loveless91 (2017)

October 2017 note:
It's been years since I made this. Some things should probably be updated by now, I just wanted to make this note, because I feel bad about me commenting on how "vital" certain lyrics are in these albums - to native speakers it will seem ridiculous (and it IS ridiculous) that I brand albums by Haustor or EKV or Azra as having "unimportant lyrics". What I probably meant was my opinion on whether you can still get some enjoyment out of their music regardless of whether you can understand the words.

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Right. I believe that ex-Yugoslavia, for all its faults, managed to keep up with the world in several "areas". Well.. sports and music at least. Particularly the "new wave" era of the end of the 1970s and the early 1980s (which disrupted the somewhat monotone and overly "prog" music scene of the majority of 1970s) produced several classics.

I was brought up listening to much of this music, and a lot of the 1980s yugo music is still popular among youth here (in Slovenia; although you probably won't see too much of that stuff in this chart). And I wanted to share some of my favourites with y'all.

I guess this is still in progress, as there are quite a few prominent artists that I have yet to get into - most notably Laibach (only heard one album so far), but also stuff like: Paraf, Lačni Franz, maybe some more Leb i Sol (should give them a proper chance); I also still plan to get more into the folk music of this area (sevdalinka and whatnot)). Anyway I have now heard enough albums to make a decently sized chart of albums that I feel are at least very good. Some of these albums are kinda hard to get, and I had to help myself with some streaming sites.. Big thanks to hikonline, blogger/youtube account, where I managed to discover a lot of new music...

I decided to only include albums, that were made before 1991, i.e. before the country broke apart - even though a country called "Yugoslavia" technically existed after that as well...

I also tried to add some helpful info for each of the album here. The info, in order of which it appears, is:
-the nationality of the artist/band (what country is that nowadays)
-translation of the album title
-genre (very loose definitions)
-importance of the lyrics (some of the music here is very "lyrics-oriented".. I don't want to discourage you from listening to those albums.. but I think it's something that I should mention)
-track picks


IMPORTANT NOTE!!
I took into account that my taste is quite different to most of people who'll potentially be browsing the chart, so I structured the chart like this: top 50 are my favourite albums made in ex-Yugoslavia (of those I heard), the rest (51-60) are:
- two EPs (that I love, and would be, just according to rating, a lot higher) and:
- 8 more acclaimed and/or popular (or cult favourite) albums, that I don't personally dig that much, but that I see others liking...



Um... anyway, I hope you find something for yourself... If you have any questions or need any translations, you can ask me below in the comment section, and I'll try to help you... Also, I know people usually respond on other people's charts, but if the question will be related to this chart or yugo artists/albums, I'll answer it here...
Oh, one more thing.. The title of this chart, is a title of a song by Ekatarina Velika (you'll be seeing this band a lot here), and means something along the lines of: "As it once was"

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Country: Serbia
Title: "Defense and the Last Days"
Genre: POST PUNK, ROCK (with post punk aesthetics), new wave. or just.. "Yugoslavian idea of post punk";
Lyrics: aren't that important, although the album has some sort of a concept to it (you can check the album's wiki page for that);
Track picks: Rusija, Odbrana, Poslednji dani, Moja si, etc.
[First added to this chart: 12/12/2012]
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1982
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223
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-Croatia;
-"Third World"
-NEW WAVE on steroids;
-some nice imagery in lyrics... not that vital though;
-Zadnji pogled na Jeršaleim, Patuljci u Vrtu, Radnicka klasa odlazi u raj, Donje strane munje
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1984
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156
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-Serbia;
-"Just a Few Years For Us"
-(ALT) ROCK
-I do get a lot from lyrics, don't think they're that vital though...
-Srce, Ona i on i on i ja, Sinhro, Par godina za nas, ...
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1989
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43
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4. (=)
-Croatia;
- ...
-PROG ROCK
-not that important
-Pjesma #3, Za koji život treba da se rodim. And if you decide to get a reissue: Makedonija
[First added to this chart: 12/12/2012]
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1972
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97
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-Bosnia
-"A Bastard and a Princess"
-BLUES ROCK, PROG ROCK, HARD ROCK (basically dadrock friendly..)
-not important
-Sve ce to mila moja prekriti..., Kad zaboraviš Juli, title track too...
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1979
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32
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-Serbia
-"Package Arrangement"
-NEW WAVE, some POST PUNK tendencies/aesthetics...
-semi-important.. you can enjoy the album without understanding the lyrics...
-Šarlo Akrobata - Ona se budi, Oko moje glave; Idoli - Malj?iki, Plastika; Elektricni Orgazam - Krokodili dolaze
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1981
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76
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7. (=)
-Croatia
-(it's a kind of a doorway apparently)
-NEW WAVE, REGGAE, SKA; it's FUN FUN FUN (for 90% of the album that is)
-really not important
-"60-65", Duhovi, Lice
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1981
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5
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-Serbia
-/
-POST PUNK, NEW WAVE, alt rock i guess?
-not that important...
-Geto, Kad Krenem Ka, Jesen, Aut
[First added to this chart: 12/12/2012]
Year of Release:
1984
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None
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None
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-Serbia
-you know...
-ALT ROCK... lot of bass.. bleak stuff...
-quite important, at least for me... but it isn't necessary to understand them either...
-Siguran, Bledo, Idemo
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1991
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51
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-Croatia
-"A Diary of a Love"
-PROG POP (/ROCK)
-lyrics aren't that important, but you should at least know what the concept is about (check my album comment for that)
-Srela sam se s njim, O jednoj mladosti, Vjerujem ti sve
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1973
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54
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Total albums: 60. Page 1 of 6

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Kao Da Je Bilo Nekad: Best albums of Ex-Yugoslavia composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 1 2%
1970s 14 23%
1980s 44 73%
1990s 1 2%
2000s 0 0%
2010s 0 0%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


Serbia 28 47%
Croatia (Hrvatska) 16 27%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 7 12%
Slovenia 7 12%
Macedonia 1 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 2%
Compilation? Albums %
No 59 98%
Yes 1 2%

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From 08/18/2017 02:42
Definitely need to check some of these albums out
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From 03/29/2017 12:46
Super stvar, planirao sam i ja tak nesto napraviti (tipa Balkan muzika 70'-10') ali cini se da fali dosta zanimljivih albuma, pogotovo novijih. Jedino se baš ne slažem da tekstovi nisu bitni, haustor je imao odlicne tekstove, EKV isto ima zanimljivu liriku. Šteta kaj nemaš puno više Zabranjenog pušenja, ali 100 za veliki trud i promoviranje naše balkanske muzike :)
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From 01/22/2017 14:59
This is such a great list. My knowledge of our music album-wise is pretty poor and your chart looks like a perfect place to start.
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From 11/09/2014 02:02
this chart will be a brilliant starting point for those delving into yugoslavian music and even further into music under communism. thank you for putting seemingly a lot of effort into this
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From 03/20/2013 06:15
This is one of the most interesting and well put together charts on BEA and I feel like a moron for not sinking my teeth into this yet.
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From 02/23/2013 12:37
Kao prvo, ne mogu da ne budem subjektivan kada je ova lista u pitanju, ne zato što u svom nazivu ima "ex-YU", već zato što su ovo neki od albuma uz koje sam odrastao, zavoleo muziku i sve u vezi nje, i imam osećaj kao da je "moja". Iako možda neki albumi nedostaju, kao Filigranski pločnici ili Kost u grlu, lista ne gubi na celovitosti i kompletnosti.
Drugo, tačno je a se nakon raspada SFRJ raspala i muzička inustrija i tržište, ali su i dalje nastajali dobri bendovi koji su izdavali sjajne albume. Možda ne bi bilo loše da napraviš listu koja obuhvata period od početka 90-ih do danas. Ne znam da li i koliko poznaješ muziku iz ovog perioda? Mogu da ti dam nekoliko predloga...
Block Out - San koji srećan sanjaš sam (1998): Remek delo ovog benda. Izuzetno mračan i težak za slušanje. Jedan od onih albuma nakon čijeg slušanja poželiš da izvršiš samoubistvo. Zanrovski je između doom metal i art rock zvuka. Tekstovi me podsećaju na Joy Division, samo što su još direktniji, bez toliko metafora i simbolike.
Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša - Prekidi stvarnosti (2005): I album i bend malo poznati na teritoriji bivših republika, ali u Beogradu odavno imaju status kultnog. Zvuk je u svom korenu reggae, ali predstavlja kombinaciju više žanrova. Tekstovi jako apstraktni i efektni, osećaš marihuanu u vazduhu dok ih slušaš. Najbolje je kad odes na njihov nastup i slušaš uživo, totalno neprevaziđen osećaj!
Obojeni Program - Ako nisam dobra, šta ćemo onda? (2002): Muzika je mešavina alternativnog roka i elektronike, sa prilično grubom produkcijom (distorzirane gitare i sl.). Iako većina voli Obojeni Program zbog njihovih ranijih albuma, za mene je ovo trenutak kada su počeli zaista da privlače pažnju.
Goribor - Goribor (2007): Objektivno gledano, možda i najbolji album sa ovih prostora u poslednjih 10 godina, ako ne i duže. Muzika je kombinacija trip-hop i blues zvuka (ritam mašine i poneke gitarske deonice, ništa spektakularno). Tamo gde dolazi do izražaja su tekstovi, jezivo surovi i iskreni, beskompromisna ispovest čoveka koji nudi svoju dušu na "izvolite...". Album na kakvom bi pozavideo i Milan Mladenović.
Ne znam da li su ovi albumi dostupni u Sloveniji, ali mislim da ih ima preko torenta, a i tu je uvek You Tube. Ako ti se dopadnu, javi se za još sugestija, imam ih na tone.
I na kraju, ne znam koliko ovakva lista i slične njoj imaju smisla na sajtu kao što je ovaj. Jer osim tebe i mene nisam primetio nijednog "ex-YU" registrovanog korisnika, a ovi stranci teško da će moći da razumeju ovu muziku na način na koji ona treba da bude shvaćena. Isto kao sto i ne vidim svrhu da bilo ko treba da razume ovaj tekst osim tebe, zato i ne pišem na engleskom (izvini što ne znam slovenački, ali valjda je i ovako OK). Svejedno, moza je i dobro što postoji i makar jedna ovakva lista ovde, čisto da se zna da je nekad postojala zemlja i da je imala muziku koja je fantastična, pa makar i ovi "stranci" ne budu razumeli ništa od toga.
Pozdrav iz Beograda :)

P. S. S’ vetrom uz lice = With face against the wind; Bistriji ili tuplji čovek biva kad... = Brighter or dumber a man gets when...; Smak = The end of world (ne može da se prevede kao jedna reč); Boa je vrsta zmije, prevodi se isto; Haustor je glavni ulaz u zgradu koji je uvučen, ne izlazi direktno na glavni put (verovatno su hteli da se distanciraju od mainstream pravca pa su zato odabrali ovaj naziv za ime benda i prvog albuma), ne moze direktno da se prevede na engleski.
P. P. S. Rambo Amadeus je iz Crne Gore. Zana Nimani (prva pevačica grupe Zana) je sa Kosova.
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From 01/26/2013 22:12
You're right, I don't think I even listened to anything from Montenegro or Kosovo... Maybe when I start with some of the folk music....
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From 01/25/2013 01:58
This list is fascinating and intimidating at the same time...

Nothing from Montenegro or Kosovo?
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From 01/12/2013 21:45
I'm not sure.. They are my favourite two albums on this chart, but I can't say that others will think the same. It's probably best to take into account your genre preferences, maybe check a track pick or two, then decide on an album.
And who knows, maybe some of these albums are impossible to get, might eliminate some of your first choices.
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From 01/09/2013 22:38
Thank you :)
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