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Gogol Bordello

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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Gogol Bordello

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Albums by
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Top Songs by
Gogol Bordello

  1.   Song
  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.   Mishto
  12.   Raise the Knowledge
  13.   My Companjera
  14.   Uma Menina
  15.   Baro Foro
  16.   American Wedding
  17.   We Rise Again
  18.   Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder): Letter to Castro (Costumes for ...)
  19.   I Just Realized
  20.   Dig Deep Enough
  21.   I Would Never Want to Be Young Again
  22.   Occurrence on the Border (Hopping on a Pogo-Gypsy Stick)
  23.   Stivali E Colbacco
  24.   My Strange Uncles From Abroad
  25.   Undestructible
  26.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Greencard Husband
  27.   Yek Dui Trei
  28.   Bordello Kind of Guy
  29.   John the Conqueror (Truth Is Always the Same)
  30.   Lost Innocent World
  31.   Trans-Continental Hustle
  32.   In the Meantime in Pernambuco
  33.   Sun Is On My Side
  34.   You Gave Up
  35.   Troubled Friends
  36.   Alcohol
  37.   Dub The Frequencies of Love
  38.   Harem In Tuscany (Taranta)
  39.   Ultimate
  40.   Santa Marinella
  41.   Underdog World Strike
  42.   Think Locally, Fuck Globally
  43.   Dogs Were Barking
  44.   60 Revolutions
  45.   Undestructable
  46.   Strange Uncles from Abroad
  47.   Copycat
  48.   Mala Vida
  49.   Ave. B
  50.   East Infection
  51.   Through the Roof 'N' Underground
  52.   Punk Rock Parranda
  53.   Haltura
  54.   Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder): Against the Nature
  55.   Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder): No Threat
  56.   Movement Two (Optzay Pertruder): Sex Spider
  57.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Nomadic Chronicle
  58.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): God-Like
  59.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Letter to Mother
  60.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Shy Kind of Guy
  61.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Passport
  62.   When Universes Collide
  63.   Movement One (Songs of Immigration in Voi-La Minor): Sacred Darling
  64.   Strange Uncle
  65.   Never Want To Be Young Again
  66.   We Shall Sail
  67.   My Gypsy Auto Pilot
  68.   Amen
  69.   The Other Side of Rainbow
  70.   It is the Way You Name Your Ship
  71.   Sun on My Side
  72.   Sacred Darling
  73.   Break the Spell
  74.   Last One Goes the Hope
  75.   Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)
  76.   Rebellious Love
  77.   Super Theory of Super Everything
  78.   Super Taranta!
  79.   Suddenly...(I Miss Carpaty)
  80.   Forces of Victory
  81.   Tribal Connection
  82.   Zina-Marina
  83.   Illumination
  84.   Avenue B
  85.   Huliganjetta
  86.   Smarkatch
  87.   Let's Get Radical
  88.   Your Country
  89.   Sally
  90.   Future Kings
  91.   Malandrino
  92.   Hats Off to Kolpakoff
  93.   Hieroglyph
  94.   To Rise Above
  95.   Uma Menina Uma Cigana
  96.   Musica Aggressia