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.

Monday, 22 February 2021

MEGAPOST : GITARIJADA 1989 - O.D. Uljanik, Pula, 24.05.1989

This is actually a megapost, the shitty speed for uploading the videos makes me upload those videos for more than two weeks (too long to explain, actually, while I was uploading the videos, the internet in the whole house was incredibly low). But ok, now it is all up, so let me tell you the story, as a direcly involved guy in it.

PS: I would like to dedicate this post to all the guys in these videos that are not with us anymore:

GORAN ŠETIĆ ZEC (presenter / jury member)

DAMIR KUSAČIĆ (drummer of Condition Critical)

DAVOR PETRAŠ (vocalist of Nirvana)

ERNIS KUPINIĆ ( vocalist of Dionis)

P.S.2: after the DVD ripping, I noticed that there is only one audio channel, as much times I ripped that DVD, it always came only with one audio channel, so excuse me if I didn`t succeded in making it on both channels. The only thing I did is doubling the existing audio track, so it came out a bit louder.

This "guitar contest" (my free translation of the word "gitarijada") was probably the biggest GC in Pula since 1981 or 1983. There were the biggest number of bands there, all the bands had 15 minutes to expose themselves, The three members jury consisted of : Bruno Langer (Atomsko Sklonište), Paul Bilandžić (Lilihip) and Goran Šetić Zec (journalist). The bands were announced by Goran Šetić Zec.


01. PNEUMONIA

First came out Pneumonia, at the time already evolved from a simple HC band to a more complicated crossover. On stage they looked pretty nervous, even they thrashed their set really good. Constantly provoking the audience, Pneumonia earned themselves the anger of the bouncers (who weren`t too familiar with pogo, moshing and similiar stuff) and had problems with them during the rest of that evening.

02. DELIRIUM TREMENS

This was (as far as I know, never heard of them before or after this) their first and last gig, probably because the guitarist Klor very soon became the frontman of the Thrash-Death Metal band Sexton. What they showed here was a very harsh Death Metal, but fun performance. I remember that the guy on the bass was once (and I mean once, and I forgot the guys name) in plan for the next Devastation bassist.

03. EXCALIBUR

Excalibur were probably the most experienced band that evening. When I say experienced, I mean the pedigree of most band`s members, mostly coming from Žablja Perspektiva and Kronos. The band very soon changed the name to Crna Ruža/Rosa Nera. I can`t remember too well, but I think this may be also their only live performance. Simple Hard`n`Heavy.

04. CONDITION CRITICAL

CC were the first Thrash/Speed Metal band from Pula after Devastation, and the performance here was completely sensational. Three of four band members will afterwards become members of Devastation/Hatross. This was in my opinion one of the best performances of the evening.

05. NIRVANA

Yes, yes, I know... blah blah... at the time very few people in Pula knew about the Seattle`s Nirvana, so let`s skip this fact..

Nirvana was a rock band formed by members of the band Čudna Spika, plus the very talented vocalist previously in Sumrak Ideja, Davor Petraš Petko. If you ask me, I would compare them to The Cult, that kind of Hard Rock. As far as I remember, they didn`t lasted long.

06. THE SWINDLE

Next up were The Swindle, a band whose members previously played in a band Diskretni Šarm Buržoazije, and after changed the name to Ulični. They play a very simplified Punk Rock, and here they haven`t surely got a brilliant night. First the bass drum in the first song was moving forward, and at the end the presenter cut their performance just before the last song.

07. DIONIS

Dionis were a very harsh Hard Rock band, favourites of the local girls, mostly for their love songs already popular in this discotheque. They had a slightly longer performance, and that was probably a fail from the presenter.

08. DEVASTATION

Well, as a directly involved guy, I must say that this was one of our worst performance ever. And during our show a fight started in the audience, and I was forced to stop the song.

But the surprise came later...

09. TUTTA FORZA

The only band of the evening that was not from Pula (we actually didn`t knew who were them and haven`t noticed them for the whole evening), TF were from Labin, and as such, I must admit, completely ignored. They also had the longest performance, while others were all around the 15 minutes, they extended their show to 20 minutes.

bonus guests - VRAŽJI VIHOR

This was the special guests moment of the evening, a band made out of 14 year old boys, playing few very simple covers. Their show was actually pretty good, with the audience filled with little girls and boys from their school (the OŠ Neven Kirac).



... AND THE WINNER IS...

Well, how to say this.. Devastation won the 1989 guitar contest. With a push from one jury member.

I myself would never give a dime on us, but... one time goes good to some, other time to others.

The final positions were 01. DEVASTATION 02.EXCALIBUR and 03.NIRVANA

If you ask me.. never mind..

PS: just before we started playing Napalm Fields, someone put a fire fountain in front of the stage, the fountain fell and lied horizontally, threatning to burn the cables on the stage. I went down to straighten it up, when the fountain started to throw sparks, right in my right eye. Luckily, I closed it very fast so I haven`t got injuries inside the eye, but had the eyelid pretty burned.

Of course, the moment is visible on this video.




I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!!

Sunday, 10 January 2021

EHO (2016-)

 


Happy 2021 to everyone, I promise this year will be full of posts, and I will really try to present as much as I can, and as much as I provide recordings or pictures to present more bands that made the Rock scene from Pula and Istria from the early 60s.

Let`s start this year with a great (newer) band. Leaded by the ex-Udav frontman Bata (Darko Rajić). The bnad plays some kind of post-rockwith elements of psychedelia and ambiental music, but everything pretty depressive.The lyrics are about unpleasant things from everyday life. 

The band by far recorded a four-track EP. Momentarily on hold, but anyway still active.

EP "Eho" 2018

Saturday, 3 October 2020

OLIVER KOVACH (2013-2019)




OLIVER KOVACH was a Pop-Punk-Rock band formed by the ex-AntiDrot member Hrvoje. The name was a combination of the names of two most popular croatian pop singers, OLIVER Dragojević and Mišo KOVAČ (the Č is pronounced CH). They played few years and in that period released one album and numerous videos.

OLIVER KOVACH - Pedro (video)






Saturday, 20 June 2020

REST IN PEACE - The Pula`s Rock Memorial Page

One day I tought about the deceased rockers who made Pula one of the most rocking city in Croatia since the early 60s, so I decided to make this page and put them all here in one place. There will be no biographies or whatever alike, just the name, pic, born/died and bands where the certain person played. Of course, there are no full dates, or no pics, and everything will be updated as I get the dates or the pics. I hope you`re gonna appreciate it.

BARLIAN DENIS
Gola Jaja
1964-2008

BIJAŽIĆ DOMINIK - DINKO
Logaritmi, Beatstones
1943-2017


BLAŽIĆ SERGIO - ĐOSER
Atomsko Sklonište/Atomic Shelter, Hush, Boomerang
1951-1987


ČERNJUL ALEX
Superfree, Atomsko Sklonište
1973-2020


ČRNAC BRANKO - TUSTA
KUD Idijoti
1955-2012


DOBRIĆ MARIO - MARIETTO
KUD Idijoti, I.R.A.
xxxx-2016


DOBRILOVIĆ VALTER - BUCO
Top, Problemi
xxxx-xxxx

JANKOVIĆ DEAN - PILLAR
Žablja Perspektiva, Cronos, Monah
1967-1994


KOSTROMAN DEAN - DEKI STEREOKILLER
Via L.U.C.E.
1979-2017


KUSAČIĆ DAMIR - KUS
Condition Critical, Hatross, Distorzija
xxxx-2000


LIZZUL DORIANO
The Spoons
1961-2017


MATIĆ ROBERT - JOHNNY MONTEZARO
Besposličari, Torpedo, Ulični


MATOZAN MIRKO - MATE
Sinovi, Frontalni Udar
1968-1995


PARLOV VILI - PIPO
Besposličari
1968-2003


PETRAŠ DAVOR - PETKO
Sumrak Ideja
1968-xxxx


PETRIĆ NEVENKO - PIETRO
fanzine editor
1956-2008

PRAŠTALO GORAN - BATO
boss of Rock Club "Uljanik"
1955-2010


SUBIOTTO BRUNO - BRUNETTO
The Spoons, Borghesia, Matchless Gift
1965-2016


ŠIROLA ZDRAVKO - CAJO
Atomsko Sklonište
1951-2019



UNKOVIĆ BRANKO
Logaritmi, Sateliti, BeatStones, KingsStones, Hush
1945-2020


ZDRAVKOVIĆ MLADEN
Sick Wine Fly
xxxx-xxxx



Sunday, 8 March 2020

OSTACI ZVUKA (2014-2016)





OSTACI ZVUKA  is an alternative rock band formed by Ivan Kraljević (formerly a member of Audio Remains). In their brief existence they played only two gigs, but recorded three videos, and released an EP. They are planning a reunion soon, so stay tuned.


Saturday, 23 November 2019

ROCK IN PULA - TV show, Seasons 1 and 2

HELLO PEOPLE!!!

FINALLY I will continue with this blog, for all those who followed it, this is great news. I got more bands and other nice stuff from the Pula or/and Istria, so stay tuned for new updates, much faster than in the last two years (sarcasm anybody?).

This post brings you a TV show aired last and this year on TV Nova from Pula. Unfortunately for all those that do not speak Croatian language (or serbian, or the most common language from the ex Yugoslavia), this will be a watching picture experience only. For most of the people from the ex Yu, this will be a nice TV show, including musicians from the very beginnings of Rock in Pula from the late 50s to the end of the 90s. Mr Damir Burić, who is the author of this serie is prepairing a book about the topic, so this is gonna be very important for the musical history of this little piece of the world.
There are 22 episodes in the first season, and 18 in the second season. I write what band is about at every episode, so you can choose the favourite episode, or simply watch them all.
Enjoy!
Update 2020: there is the final third season of the serie, but it is not about bands but about people from the scene. If you need it, find it on youtube.

TRAILER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YWddFCWo7I


S1E02 - SATELITI - LOGARITMI part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09vapoT7vGg

S1E03 - SATELITI - LOGARITMI part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8eXuddodJM




S1E07 - ATOMSKO SKLONIŠTE part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz51CAdptxc

S1E08 - ATOMSKO SKLONIŠTE part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn49Y_tMsno


S1E10 - TOP - LOŠ ZVUK - PROBLEMI part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTY_wL4nnJc


S1E12 - GOLA JAJA - VISOKI NAPON
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNPXLf6Uj9Y




S1E16 - GUSTAPH Y NJEGOVI DOBRI DUHOVI
S1E17 - WILSONOV GRAFIČKI PROJEKT - MIRO KUSAČIĆ
S1E18 - KUD IDIJOTI
S1E19 - ROMEO DŽOMLIJA (BESPOSLIČARI - THE SPOONS)
S1E20 - 77 - THE SWINDLE
S1E21 - FRANCI BLAŠKOVIĆ
S1E22 - MONAH


S2E01 - 60s part 1- IVICA KARASI
S2E02 - 60s part 2 - VILI RUPENA
S2E03 - LIVIO MOROSIN part 1
S2E04 - LIVIO MOROSIN part 2
S2E05 - GUSTAFI
S2E06 - ŠUMSKI PJEVAČI GORTANOVE UVALE - CASTEL
S2E07 - 052
S2E08 - ROSA NERA - DEVASTATION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9VLLgYNmG0&t=7s

S2E09 - CONDITION CRITICAL - SEXTON
S2E10 - ANTI OTPAD . HEADBANGER
S2E11 - FUNKY JUNKY - BON VOYAGE
S2E12 - CROSSROADS - DELTA BLUES GANG
 S2E13 - MONTEPARADISO FESTIVAL - FRONTALNI UDAR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdTZvhYkp7I



S2E16 - NOLA part 1
S2E17 - NOLA part 2

Monday, 29 July 2019

HELLO EVERYBODY!!!

I am alive!!

Yes, I know, I am really sorry, I told you I will be on with the blog again, and then disappeared completely for more than a year...

Well, partly I was lazy, partly busy and lately I lost the login e-mail and password.. I completely forgot the login data, and finally I found it!! So I am back again, this time I will try to go on with this worthy blog and I can already announce I got some very interesting things you will like!!

Just relog into this blog and wait for nice stuff here!!

So glad I am here again!!!



Friday, 23 March 2018

DROPTHEHAMMER (2014-)


In the next few posts I will present few new or relatively new bands from Pula, there will be probably not much things to say about them, but they must be spotted right now!
One of the momentarily most active bands from Pula is Dropthehammer, a young Death Metal band founded in 2014. 



Wednesday, 11 October 2017

NEW VIDEOS OF BANDS FROM PULA part 4

NOLA - DRUKČIJE



DOGMA - NEMIR


NOLA - VRATIO SI ME


NOLA - SVE BI BILO LAKŠE DA JE LJETO


LILIHIP - PULA SNIVA


ZGOBEČENA SHAGOMA - ALTERNATOR VAGINATOR


ZGOBEČENA SHAGOMA - BONE TARME



ZHEL - LONG LIVE BOURGEOISIE


DROPTHEHAMMER - LEGIONS OF ABADDON

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

DESINENCE MORTIFICATION (1993-2015)


Desinence Mortification is one of the oldest grindcore bands of Croatia, with a lot of line up changes and even more releases, official or unofficial. Any time they changed line up, they were extremely fast in regenerating and were very active all the years of their existence. Unfortunately, in 2015, due to personal issues of some members, the band disbanded. It is not excluded a return, but momentarily it is a thing put to sleep.
The stuff I will put here is put completely unchronologically, as they have so much stuff hard to put here in a right order. (finally I managed it by order somehow ...)





LP "Cancerous Mankind" 2020

... and more stuff to be added soon!!!