Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Caught in the act


Hogo-Pogo
Live Žákovic: Open 2003
Released by: Millenium Records
Price: Sk299
Available: at most stores
THOUGH this group has been around since the beginning of the 1990s, they take things easy and practice or perform only sometimes. Their other album was released over four years ago, and last year they played live only once, at the July Žákovic Open 2003 festival in Trenčianske Bohuslavice. The result was this album.



Hogo-Pogo
Live Žákovic: Open 2003
Released by: Millenium Records
Price: Sk299
Available: at most stores

THOUGH this group has been around since the beginning of the 1990s, they take things easy and practice or perform only sometimes. Their other album was released over four years ago, and last year they played live only once, at the July Žákovic Open 2003 festival in Trenčianske Bohuslavice. The result was this album.

Bearing their work ethic in mind, it is safe to say it was in the best interest of both their fans and the good sides of their musicianship that their sophomore release was a live one.

The band took its name by fusing part of the title of the 1970s comedy series about the Homolka family, which mocked stereotypical Czechoslovak characteristics, and the punk pogo dance. A little too poppy and happy for one to envision fans leaping up and down and crushing each other in the process, as this dance prescribes, their performance fits their name.

For example, there is the short Rum a Stein (the latter is Slovakia's working-class beer), a parody of the German metal band Rammstein that evokes a chuckle. Meanwhile, Leto na Hvare, their most well-known song, is dedicated to the Croatian island it names and is as easy going as you would imagine a band on vacation to be.

They also throw in rock based on American country folk music on Kowbojská, and give the good old blues-rock horse a beating on Tuberácky Chracheľ.

Guests appearing on the album are Tomáš Sloboda (guitar) and Martin Stempel (saxophone and percussion), members of the "post ethno" Bratislava band Le Payaco. Stempel's presence on this last track does little to buoy it.

Other excitements are a song named after and performed by Dušan Slimák, the lead singer and another, Yxov R'n'R (Yxo's R'n'R), named after the bass player. As far as I know, the other two members do not have ones of their own yet.

To say that Slimák cannot sing, as proved on Modrá (hnedá), a slightly sentimental mellow rock-out that requires a voice that can sustain, probably misses the point of the band, and the song is actually one of the album's more endearing.

As a final bonus, and to round out the concert experience, the CD comes with three video-clips that, very importantly, let you see the mooning pictured on the album's cover in glorious action. That, certainly, is a musical element that no studio album could produce.

Top stories

EU roaming fees to end on June 15 – in theory

Slovak customers still waiting to find out how mobile operators will implement change.

Archaeologist pieces together early history of what is now western Slovakia Photo

For an archaeologist, the most important thing is his most recent rare discovery, says Július Vavák.

Students visited Svätý Jur as part of their European Wanderer project

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár