The story of Rock`n`Roll made in Pula (and Istria)

This is a blog where you will find music from one of the richest rock-scene from Croatia, the city of PULA rock-scene.There will be some Istrian music too, as Istria is the region of Croatia to which Pula belongs to.You will find here how good and different was the Pula scene, with some of the bands recognised worldwide.

WELCOME TO PULA!

PS:All the infos about the bands are approximative, and will be changed with every useful info I get from the members of the bands!

PPS: Please notice that the NON-HIGHLIGHTED name of a certain release is a part of band`s audiography, but not available for download, for not having the permission or for respecting the authors rights. Or, of course, not yet in my possession.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

OVRHA (2012-)


OVRHA is one of the newest band in the Rock scene of Pula, altough is made of veterans of the Punk scene. Playing shows during the last few years, Ovrha finally came to their first album, and promoted it last weekend.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

SASA 21 (2003-)


With a completely confusing beginning of the band`s life and line-up, Sale Veruda`s (KUD Idijoti`s mastermind) actual band started with the activities somewhere around 2003. It was always a backproject until the death of KUD Idijoti`s vocalist Tusta and the definitive end of the band. Since that moment, Sale fully reactivated the band and after few line up changes, in 2013 the band is completed in today`s line-up. The band released the first LP (only on vinyl) in 2014 (the LP material is recorded in 2004!!!).


LP "VD-i1" 2014

Saturday, 1 November 2014

ZGOBECENA SHAGOMA (2013-)


Zgobecena Shagoma is a completely new project/band featuring two legends of the Pula scene, Dario "Rio" Kroznjak (here as Otokar Revolucionar) from a hundred bands (or close) and Silvio "Kume" Belusic (here as Oton Pesnik) from Fazana (a beatutiful city near Pula), a great musician active in the 80s, and now back with this weird experimental project. They like to call their musical style "Acid Rock/Cannibal Jazz", whatever that may mean. And very important to mention, they put the focus on 100% spontaneous creativity and 0% rehearsing.
Recently they released their first CD album which is a beautiful mixture of sounds, rhythms and psychedelic atmospheres. 



CD "Shagoma Bonamenat" 2014

Sunday, 12 October 2014

IN MEMORIAM : BRANKO ČRNAC - TUSTA (06.10.1955. - 14.10.2012.)


Branko Crnac nicknamed Tusta was the frontman of the most popular Yugoslav/Croatian Punk band of the end of the 80s/beginning of the 90s, KUD IDIJOTI. 
Tusta joined KUD Idijoti soon after the beginnings (the band was formed on February 2nd 1981.), after the band changed few guys on the vocalist position. 
After he joined, he became the charismatic frontman by which the band would be recognised everywhere. Tusta was also a member of the working class, as he never quits his job, not even when the band reached the peak of their popularity.
He was also a true anti-fascist.
In 2011., Tusta was diagnosed with lung/throat cancer.The band stopped with their activities, waiting for Tusta to recover from the disease.
It never happened.
Many humanitarian concerts were held to raise funds for helping Tusta`s cancer treatment.

Branko Crnac - Tusta died October 14th 2012.

Few days later, the band`s guitarist Sale Veruda announced that KUD Idijoti cease to exist.



In 2014., the city of Pula decided that a stairway near the club "Uljanik" will be called by Branko Crnac - Tusta.


Me and Tusta around 2008/9



REST IN PEACE, MY DEAR FRIEND....

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

ROSTIGLIO feat. ELUJ (2009)


ROSTIGLIO is one of the project invented by the hyperactive Franci Blaskovic, but this time joined by the also hyperactive musician/producer ELUJ. Franci only sang, and Eluj (Jule) wrote and recorded the whole material. The weird combination recorded three albums during 2009, and that was it. As Rostiglio is one of Franci`s projects invented after he ended the Gori Ussi Winnetou activity, these albums are his 64th, 65th and 66th albums.
PS: As for the name of the band, it has roots in a small place near Vizinada on the old road from Pula to Trieste, there was a restaurant on which was written Rostiglio, which was a completely invented and dramatically mispelled word between italian and croatian language, wrongly written in both languages and meaning actually nothing.






Sunday, 14 September 2014

ASHEN DIVINITY (2011-)


This young and relatively new band is formed by ex members of Infernal Tenebra. Through the years, they got few members changes, and finally ended as a five-piece. The metal style they played changed also, from the Gothic-Black beginnings, to Death-Thrash they play now. In the beginning of 2014. the band released their first studio material as demo, recently available on a self-release CD.


Thursday, 31 July 2014

DELTA BLUES GANG (2012-)


Probably the best European Delta Blues band (and I am not exaggerating!!), Delta Blues Gang comes out from the ashes of Crossroads, the band that brothers Kajtez used to lead through the 90s. DBG now settled the line-up with the new awesome female singer Elizabeta. DBG are winners of the 4th Croatian Blues Challenge 2012 and semifinalist of the Memphis 29th International Blues Challenge. Enough said. DBG lately signed for the croatian Spona Records label. Definitely one of the most succesful bands coming out from Pula.



Awesome performance at the Varazdin`s Fontana Blues Festival a month ago 
(camera by me :) )



CD "American Mile" 2014


Sunday, 6 July 2014

BACK FROM EARLY HOLIDAYS IN PULA !

Hello, people ! Just few words to say hello to all of you ! The work with the blog will continue ASAP, meanwhile here is a glimpse of a concert by CherryBombz, an awesome cover band from Pula, I was their guest vocalist on 10 songs on a Biker Party in Sisan, June 20th. Enjoy (I hope) this video and I will post the next post in few days !

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER ALL OF YOU !!

AND COME TO PULA / ISTRIA !!!

Monday, 16 June 2014

AUDIO NITKOVS (2010-)


Audio Nitkovs is, by their words, a project that never actually existed, as they never had one single rehearsal, everything you hear is composed and recorded directly in the studio ( Ja Sam Gluh studio). The band/project`s  consists of members of Bolesno Grinje and Barrakuda, with a little help from members of FOB and Sake. All in all, a great CD.


Friday, 23 May 2014

KUD IDIJOTI (part 2 - the EPs 1987-1996) (1981-2012)


KUD IDIJOTI were not only one of the greatest bands in the history of Pula`s Rock scene, but undoubtly one of the best Punk bands from this part of the world. Formed February 2nd 1982, the band spanned over three decades, changed the line-up just two times (not counting the pre-recordings years) and left a huge and important mark in the Rock music of the Balkans (and wider). Their opus is so huge that I will divide it into four parts: the demos/live cassettes, the EPs, the official releases and the bootlegs.
The part 2 includes four EPs released between 1987 and 1996. The first three were released for their first independent label Slovenija before the first album, and the last EP was self-released for Veruda Records, guitarist Sale`s label.











Saturday, 3 May 2014

BENDOVER (a.k.a. MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS) (2008-)


Bendover started as a three-piece band, with introducing very soon two more members. They sing in croatian language, and describe their music as a mixture of Rock, Funk, Ska and Reggae. So far they recorded two demos and are known also under the name Make Room For Jesus.




Monday, 21 April 2014

KAMEJE (1994-2000)



Kameje started playing in 1994, and here is their only official demo tape, recorded at "Ja sam gluh" studio by Jule (B.Grinje), bringing you a mix of Rock, Pop with slight jazzy and funk influences. Played few dozens of gigs through their existence, and finally disbanded in 2000.



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

LIMUNOVA PITA (2004-)


A completely weird but lately extremely productive band, that never gained an important place in the Pula Rock scene, yet they are always here working hard and releasing album after album. Most of their work are humorous personal and less personal stories, but sung in croatian. Funny!










Monday, 24 March 2014

77 (1982-1984)


77 was a Punk band that played a kind of darkened depressive Punk, existed just few years but played a lot of gigs. They recorded a two track demo in Ljubljana, but that recording`s gone lost. (Meanwhile, the lost recordings were sent to me by a dear old friend !!) And except of that, there is part of their live performance at the Mladi Pulski Rock festival held in Pula 1983.
PS: Very soon interesting news about 77, stay tuned !



Sunday, 9 March 2014

THREE STUPID DOGS (1998-)


A so called "supergroup" from Pula, made of musicians with previous/simultaneous experience in many other bands. Playing as a cover band, TSD recorded a studio recording and were a regular band on parties and biker meetings. After a pause of two years, the band is coming back and getting ready to play on regular basis again.


Thursday, 13 February 2014

ZHEL (1995-)

One of the most outstanding, yet mysterious artists from Pula, Zeljko Vukicevic a.k.a. Zhel started the ZHEL project with many guest musicians in 1995 (Zhel was his pseudonym from 1992/3, but decided later to call this band Zhel), but personally Zeljko is involved in music and the Pula Rock scene since the end of the 70s. With the ongoing activities of his project, the line-up which became more or less stable started to play as a band named ZHEL around 1996/97 .Zeljko is now living and working in London, he is actively involved in video art and movies, so on April 11th, Zeljko will perform a video installation in Pula. And he is still carying the band on, more as a personal project. 

PS: unfortunately, none of the Zhel releases will be available for download here. Instead, you can listen for free or buy the digital albums at the band`s bandcamp page : 







cassette "Northern Eye, Southern Blood, Western Bullet, Eastern God" 1995

CD "Northern Eye, Southern Blood, Western Bullet, Eastern God" 1996

7" single "Believe In Beijing/Natali" 1997 (discarded)

CD "Ponte Rosso" 1998

Unplugged at Radio Maestral 1998

CD "Unreleased Recordings 2001/2003" 2003

CD "Baby Lizard Stew" (feat. Spandix) 2003

CD "Pelican Tired Of Re-runs" 2006 (released 2012)

CD "Silver Service" 2008

CD "Zhel Live At INK 1995" 2015

Thursday, 30 January 2014

SICK CRAP (2013-)


Here is a brand new band hailing from Pula and playing (by their words) old school HC/Punk that nowadays no none in Pula ever plays, except for the old bands.The band already played some gigs, and one of them even in Slovenia. This is their first recording and there is no doubt we will hear more from them in the future.


Sunday, 12 January 2014

GORI USSI WINNETOU (1985-2009)


When it comes to the work of Franci Blaskovic (the so-called guru of Istrian Rock, about him and his work in a separate post), it is absolutely impossible to sum up all the recordings of his bands/projects, as this hyperactive guy works on a lot of fronts at once. This post will be concentrated only on his work with his basic band Gori Ussi Winnetou (of which he is the only true member). With this band Franci since 1986 released more than 50 albums, and no one knows when will he stop. As it is absolutely impossible to have all his albums (I even bet he don`t have them all too), here you will find the stuff found and not released through major labels.
PS: After disbanding GUW, Franci worked/recorded with more projects, that will be posted each separately.



PS2: the discography will be uploaded as I get certain item. For the moment, only the titles will be written here.

cassette "Addio Pola" 1986

LP "Welcome Home" 1989

LP "Mens Sana In Malvasia Istriana" 1990

CD "Ich Bin - Du Bist - und Amen" 1992

CD "Rolling Stronz`s" 1993

CD "Istra Ti Materina" (with KUD Idijoti) 1995

CD "Monte Ghiro" 1996

CD compilation "V Zivljenju Kot V Filmu - Franci Sings The Zizo" 1997

CD "Daz Dazdi - Mis Prdi (Orlicijada)" 1998

CD "U Tunelu Usred Mraka .. Zvizdi Pizda Petokraka" 2001

CD "Merack Za FAK" 2002

CD "Etnocid (Vol.1) Eli Moze Li Hrvatska Sjest I Popit Kavu" 2003

CD "Kobra Je U Brajdi" 2003

CD "So Sprach Milan Rakovac" 2004

CD "Theka Tahiriana" 2004

CD "Instrumentali Za Radojicu" 2004

CD "Masterplan" 2004

CD "Porno Depresija Eli Srp I Cekic Is Not Dead" 2005

CD "Tartaruga S.M.S. - Iska Je Smisao Di Ga Ni, Kretino Pjesnicki" 2005

CD "Budi Se Istok I Zapad, Ajde Ljubavi Pokazi Picku, Budi Se Sjever I Jug ... Uf, Uf" 2005

CD "The End Snifonia Patetika Histriae" 2005

CD "Desant Na Srbiju" 2005

CD "Ipak Je Bolje Travu Pusiti Nego Gori Ussi Slusati" 2005

CD "Odiseja Fiorin - Enivej: Sve Je Kuratz, Anke Pitzka, Amen" 2005

CD "La Vita E` Una Merda L` Uomo E` Una Bestia" 2005

CD "Fumo Viola Eli Pizdin Dim" 2005

CD "Idem Platit Neke Racune, Usput Cu Napraviti Novu Plocu Eli 2+2=4 ... Ma Nemoj" 2005

CD "Imamo Novu Plocu - Drhti Mi Noga Nije To Nista - Sad Ces Vidit Pizdariju" 2005

CD "Amaro Bicoto" 2005

CD "Is-Tri-Janci" 2006

CD "Big Bljak - Gran Cazzata Finale" 2006

CD "Srce U Mozgu Mozak U Kurcu" 2006

CD "Addio" 2006

CD "Jebo Te Horoskop - Aprilska" 2006

CD "Naguzi Se Ljubavi" 2006

CD "Drive In Yugo, Thinking Red,Paint In Black Singing Bad - Junska" 2006

CD "Jebes Knjigu - Jebes Jelo - Kunst Je Lepo Glatko Telo - Julska" 2006

2 CD "Bojan Zizovic" 2007

CD "Sirimmirissjeneboje Ili Patetika Postoperatorija" 2007

CD "Neka Se Siri Vira Isusova" 2007

CD "Poklon Bon-ton-din-don" 2007

CD "Zvizda Van Materina - Lipanjska" 2007

CD "Power Of Love - Srpanjska" 2007

3 CD "Porno Klinika Srp I Cekic Is Not Dead - Augustovska" 2007

CD "Bojanova Stotka - Novembarska" 2007

CD "43. Istarska - Decembarska" 2007

CD "Istra Kurcomanka - Januarska" 2008

CD "Istra Je U Meni Ja U Istri - Februarska" 2008

CD "More Bre Splash - Martovska" 2008

CD "Masaze Iz Garaze - Aprilska" 2008

CD "Yu You - Istra Bljakeraj Ili Radovi Na Pruzi - Istra Se Guzi - Majska" 2008

CD "Noge Mi Smrde, U Srcu Su Govna (feat. Bluesker Duo)" 2008

CD "Pupobljak - Hommage Partijskoj Celiji" 2008

CD "After Shave - Penisirijada Goriussiseja" 2008

CD "Bojanova 110. Eli Bozicna Porno Prica - 5 God. Poslije" 2008

CD "Od A Do Я (Fredi Je U Pravu - Ima Pravo" 2008

Bootleg:

Live In Savicenta 2002