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