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Gogol Bordello

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Combining elements of punk, Gypsy music, and Brecht-ian cabaret, Gogol Bordello tell the story of New York's immigrant diaspora through debauchery, humor, and surreal costumes. Leader and singer Eugene Hütz's taste in music was spun out of black market tapes of the Birthday Party and Einstürzande Neubauten in his native Ukraine. After being evacuated to western Ukraine in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster, Hütz became enamored of the mystical, outsider qualities of Gypsy music. Living as a refugee in Poland, Hungary, Austria, and Italy before moving to the United States in 1993, he experienced life as an outsider himself. After arriving in New York, he teamed up with guitarist Vlad Solofar and squeezebox player Sasha Kazatchkoff. American Eliot Fergusen added a strong rock sound on the drums and the band was also augmented by Sergey Ryabtsev on fiddle, a former theater director from Moscow whose past experience would prove helpful in the future in crafting Gogol Bordello's bizarre stage shows (like one that tells the story of superpowered immigrant Ukrainian vampires). The group's early gigs involved playing straight Gypsy music at Russian weddings, but their music soon evolved into the hyper-kinetic explosions that earned them a solid following among New York's downtown hipsters. The band issued a single in 1999 entitled When the Trickster Comes A-Pokin', quickly followed by their debut full-length, Voi-La Intruder, which was produced by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos. Solofar and Kazatchkoff were replaced by accordionist Yuri Lemeshev, who hails from the Russian island of Sakhalin, and two Israelis, guitarist Oren Kaplan and saxophonist Ori Kaplan, who despite their similar names aren't related. Hütz helped bolster the band's popularity by becoming somewhat of a celebrity in the downtown scene, in part fueled by his Thursday night DJ gigs at Bulgarian club/restaurant/bar Mehanata, where he played Ukrainian, Gypsy, rai, and flamenco music for a crowd of artists, models, Ukrainians, Russians, Gypsies, and Bulgarians with tendencies toward exuberant dancing and smashing plates. In the spring of 2002, Gogol Bordello embarked on a European tour and performed as part of the Whitney Biennial, bringing their music to a whole new audience. Voi-La Intruder came out around that same time, followed that fall by another album, Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony. The East Infection EP came out in March 2005 before Gogol Bordello made their Side One Dummy debut that August with the aptly titled Gypsy Punks. By this point, though the band's cast no longer included Ori Kaplan, it did boast bassist Rea Mochiach and dancers/percussionists Pam Racine and Elizabeth Sun. Aside from leading the band, Hütz also lent his hand to acting when he was cast as Alex in 2005's Everything Is Illuminated (based on the critically acclaimed book) after Gogol Bordello attracted the attention of the film's producer. The bandmembers soon got to work on their next album, however, switching to bass player Tommy Gobena and utilizing the talents of producer Victor Van Vugt to help them craft their fourth full-length, Super Taranta! Wildly praised by critics, who pasted the album all over their year-end lists, Super Taranta! (as well as the band's increasingly physical live shows) made them indie rock heroes. Live from Axis Mundi was released in 2009, followed by the group's Rick Rubin-produced fifth studio offering, Trans-Continental Hustle, for Sony in 2010. Gogol Bordello signed with Dave Matthews' ATO in 2012, and issued Pura Vida Conspiracy, their debut offering for the label, in the summer of 2013. ~ Stacia Proefrock
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Stations Featuring
Gogol Bordello

    Punk U

    Punk U
    2 songs

    World Music

    World Music
    1 song

Albums by
Gogol Bordello

Top Songs by
Gogol Bordello

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Start Wearing Purple
  3.   Wonderlust King
  4.   We Comin' Rougher (Immigraniada)
  5.   I Would Never Wanna Be Young Again
  6.   Pala Tute
  7.   Immigrant Punk
  8.   When the Trickster Starts A-Poking (Bordello Kind of Guy)
  9.   Not a Crime
  10.   Oh No
  11.   American Wedding
  12.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Sacred Darling
  13.   Sun on My Side
  14.   Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)
  15.   Mishto
  16.   Through the Roof 'N' Underground
  17.   Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder): Sex Spider
  18.   Amen
  19.   To Rise Above
  20.   Last One Goes the Hope
  21.   Stivali E Colbacco
  22.   Your Country
  23.   Alcohol
  24.   Tribal Connection
  25.   Illumination
  26.   Underdog World Strike
  27.   Strange Uncles from Abroad
  28.   Copycat
  29.   Mala Vida
  30.   Baro Foro
  31.   Dub The Frequencies of Love
  32.   Break the Spell
  33.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): God-Like
  34.   Strange Uncle
  35.   Never Want To Be Young Again
  36.   Yek Dui Trei
  37.   We Shall Sail
  38.   Dig Deep Enough
  39.   We Rise Again
  40.   In the Meantime in Pernambuco
  41.   Uma Menina
  42.   You Gave Up
  43.   Troubled Friends
  44.   Suddenly...(I Miss Carpaty)
  45.   My Strange Uncles From Abroad
  46.   Harem In Tuscany (Taranta)
  47.   Ultimate
  48.   Santa Marinella
  49.   Dogs Were Barking
  50.   60 Revolutions
  51.   Sally
  52.   Ave. B
  53.   East Infection
  54.   Huliganjetta
  55.   Punk Rock Parranda
  56.   Future Kings
  57.   Haltura
  58.   Occurrence on the Border (Hopping on a Pogo-Gypsy Stick)
  59.   Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder): Letter to Castro (Costumes for ...)
  60.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Nomadic Chronicle
  61.   Super Theory of Super Everything
  62.   Lost Innocent World
  63.   Undestructible
  64.   Musica Aggressia
  65.   John the Conqueror (Truth Is Always the Same)
  66.   My Gypsy Auto Pilot
  67.   It is the Way You Name Your Ship
  68.   Malandrino
  69.   Sacred Darling
  70.   Uma Menina Uma Cigana
  71.   Trans-Continental Hustle
  72.   Raise the Knowledge
  73.   When Universes Collide
  74.   Sun Is On My Side
  75.   My Companjera
  76.   Super Taranta!
  77.   Forces of Victory
  78.   Zina-Marina
  79.   I Would Never Want to Be Young Again
  80.   Think Locally, Fuck Globally
  81.   Avenue B
  82.   Hats Off to Kolpakoff
  83.   Smarkatch
  84.   Let's Get Radical
  85.   Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder): Against the Nature
  86.   Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder): No Threat
  87.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Letter to Mother
  88.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Shy Kind of Guy
  89.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Greencard Husband
  90.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Passport
  91.   I Just Realized
  92.   Hieroglyph
  93.   Bordello Kind of Guy
  94.   Rebellious Love
  95.   Undestructable
  96.   The Other Side of Rainbow