Sunday, April 29, 2007

BIJELO DUGME - Kad bi bio bijelo dugme + Koncert kod hajducke cesme

BIJELO DUGME (translation: "White Button") was founded by Goran Bregoviæ, at the initiative of Ismet "Nuno" Arnautaliæ, formerly the founder of INDEXI. Bregoviæ spent much of his childhood in a Musical School for violin players, from which he was expelled for "lack of talent". Soon after his expulsion, his mother bought him a guitar, and thus, BIJELO DUGME was born. Bregoviæ was the band's sole composer and wrote most of the lyrics, although some of the most popular BIJELO DUGME songs weren't written by Bregoviæ, for example: "Ima neka tajna veza", "Glavni junak jedne knjige", "Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu", "Pristao sam biæu sve što hoæe" were written by Duško Trifunoviæ, "Da sam pekar", "Selma" were written by Vlado Dijak, "Loše vino" by Arsen Dediæ etc.
After recruiting the band's first line up (Goran Bregoviæ/guitar, Željko Bebek/vocal, Zoran Redžiæ/bass, Ipe Ivandic/drums and Vlado Pravdiæ/keyboards), BIJELO DUGME under the name JUTRO (translation: "Morning") were turned down by Sarajevo based record company Diskoton, but were offered to record a single for another record company, Jugoton in Zagreb. The first single was named "Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme" (translation: "If I were a white button"). After the single was released, Bregoviæ was convinced by the band's manager to change the band's name to BIJELO DUGME, because there was already another band in Ljubljana called JUTRO and due to success of the hit-single, the name was already well-accepted in public.
With charismatic vocalist Željko Bebek, the band soon reached stardom in the former Yugoslavia, as one newspaper put it, they sold more albums than there were record players in Yugoslavia. The pinnacle of the band's career was 1979's "Bitanga i princeza", the album is often heralded as their most mature with vocalist Bebek. They were often referred to as the Yugoslav BEATLES and the phenomenon they created was called "Dugmemanija" (like Beatlemania).
The turn of the decade brought the rise of numerous New Wave artists, and BIJELO DUGME soon found their popularity sinking, to which they reacted by reinventing themselves for their 1980 release "Doživjeti stotu", featuring a much more New Wave and Ska oriented sound.
1984 brought the departure of Željko Bebek to pursue a solo career and Mladen Vojièiæ - Tifa was recruited to replace him for their 1984 self-titled release. He left the band because of inner conflicts and was replaced by Alen Islamoviæ, formerly vocalist of the heavy metal band DIVLJE JAGODE for their last two, folk-inspired records.
The band disbanded in 1989 after Alen Islamoviæ checked into a hospital for chest pains during their last tour, without telling anyone he was ill. The real reasons have never been elaborated, but most people suspect the dissolution of Yugoslavia caused the breakup of the band, because the band was often seen as a symbol of unity among the peoples of Yugoslavia.
The band reunited for three concerts in Sarajevo, Zagreb and Belgrade in 2005 with all three vocalists (Bebek, Vojièiæ and Islamoviæ) but without drummer Goran "Ipe" Ivandiæ who died in Belgrade, Serbia in 1994. During their career, occasional members of the group were also Laza Ristovski/keyboards (ex SMAK), Dragan Jankeliæ/drums, Miliæ Vukasinoviæ/drums, Sanin Kariæ/bass and Ljubisa Raciæ/bass.
BIJELO DUGME made a sort of "fusion" between classic rock'n'roll and certain elements of Balkan folk music that some Yugoslavian journalists labelled "pastirski rok" (Eng. "Shepherds' Rock"). On their first four studio albums they occasionally included symphonic ballads and longer tracks with heavy rock sound, filled with Hammond organ and fiery guitar solos, which drew inspiration from "progressive hard rock" in the vein of DEEP PURPLE, URIAH HEEP or ARGENT.


Kad bi bio bijelo dugme
1. Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme 10:23
2. Blues za moju bivsu dragu 6:23
3. Ne spavaj mala moja muzika dok svira 2:30
4. Sve cu da ti dam samo da zaigram 4:04
5. Selma 6:09
6. Patim evo deset dana (live) 4:51
Total time 34:24

Koncert kod hajducke cesme
1. Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme (8:35)
2. Nista mudro (2:39)
3. Blues za moju bivsu dragu (6:26)
4. Selma (3:28)
5. Ima neka tajna veza (3:18)
6. Sve cu da ti dam, samo da zaigram (4:51)
7. Patim evo deset dana (4:28)
8. Da sam pekar (3:37)
9. Tako ti je mala moja, kad ljubi Bosanac (3:47)
10. Ne spavaj mala moja, muzika dok svira (3:08)
11. Eto! bas hocu! (5:04)
Total time 49:26


Kad bi bio bijelo dugme
Patim evo deset dana (original track from Kad bi bio... album - missing at album link)

Koncert kod hajducke cesme

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Anonymous said...

Hi my friend!
Nice stuff but, why is track Patim evo deset dana/album BD-kad bi bio bijelo dugme/ live version?Its no original album track.If you have original version track,please post it.
What about TESKA INDUSTRIA-Same 1976 Album ?Hm?I have this album ,but no good quality sound.Do you have good copy?Post it .Thanks

. said...

It will be posted later today - sorry for that but I have forgotten that on CD original track was not included. It will be posted as a separate link at this post.

. said...

it is there now - sorry

. said...

Teska industrija - same (and much more) can be found here:


Anonymous said...

I'm listening at the moment to Bijelo Dugme. I found it at another blog. This music is of course completely unknown to me. But I like it. It's not bad at all. Especially Selma is good.

So I only can recommend this to others. Just try it! Who knows, maybe you'll like it!