Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello performing in 2014
Background information
Origin New York City, New York
Genres Gypsy punk, Latin rock, folk rock, dub
Years active 1999–present
Labels Rubrick, SideOneDummy, Columbia, MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
Associated acts Balkan Beat Box
Website www.gogolbordello.com
Past members
Eugene Hütz in 2012.
Sergey Ryabtsev in 2012.
Yuri Lemeshev in 2012.
Pasha Newmer in concert in 2014.
Pedro Erazo in concert.
Eugene Hütz live in 2012.

Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999 and known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring. Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music mixed with punk and dub. The band incorporates accordion and violin (and on some albums, saxophone).[1]

The band has appeared in a number of popular films, most notably in 2005's Everything Is Illuminated in which the lead singer, Eugene Hütz, co-starred with Elijah Wood in a dramedy and adventure story about the Nazi purges in Ukraine. The entire group was present for one shot in which they played a brass band in a set that included the Star Spangled Banner. They also played the traditional Yiddish tune "Bublitschki". Gogol Bordello contributed the song "Start Wearing Purple" to the film's score. The band also has their own documentary called Gogol Bordello Non-Stop. This documentary was filmed in 2008 and follows the band's progress. In 2012, the band recorded a song titled Let's Get Crazy for Coca Cola's Euro 2012 advertising campaign.[2]

History and influences

"Gogol" comes from Nikolai Gogol, a classical Russian Ukrainian writer, born in today's Ukraine. He serves as an ideological influence for the band because he "smuggled" Ukrainian culture into Russian society, which Gogol Bordello intends to do with Gypsy/East-European music in the English-speaking world.[3] "Bordello," in Italian, refers to a brothel or a "gentleman's club." The band was originally titled Hütz and the Béla Bartóks, but Eugene Hütz says that they decided to change the name because "nobody knows who the hell Béla Bartók is in the United States."[3] The band played their first show as the unofficial band at an after-hours club called Pizdetz where they became the house band and DJ Hütz became the house DJ.[3]

Gogol Bordello's first single was released in 1999, and since then they have released six full-length albums, and one EP. In 2005 the band signed to punk label SideOneDummy Records. On 27 April 2010 Gogol Bordello made its major record label debut with Transcontinental Hustle on Rick Rubin's American Recordings, a subsidiary of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment. Many of the songs on Transcontinental Hustle were inspired by Hütz's move to Brazil.[4]

The band has toured tirelessly throughout Europe and America. They have made numerous appearances at international festivals and have toured with such diverse bands as Primus, Flogging Molly, and Cake. In an interview with NPR, frontman Eugene Hütz cites Jimi Hendrix and Parliament-Funkadelic as among the band's main musical influences.[3] They have also mentioned Manu Chao, Fugazi, Zvuki Mu, Karamelo Santo, Sasha Kolpakov and The Clash as influences.

They performed live at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival 2011 for Bonnaroo's 10 year anniversary, playing a 1.5 hour set in the middle of the night and performed with Devotchka.

Gogol Bordello released a new song titled Let's Get Crazy in 2012 as part of Coca Cola's advertising campaign for the European Football Championships, which were part-hosted by Ukraine. The track samples one of their earlier singles, Wonderlust King, and the Coca Cola advertising jingle.[5]

In 2012 former guitarist Oren Kaplan sued Hütz for personal damages.[6][7]

Film appearances


Current members

 Pedro Erazo and Sergey Ryabtsev of Gogol Bordello at Lollapalooza 2015 in Chicago
Pedro Erazo and Sergey Ryabtsev at Lollapalooza 2015.

Former members






  1. Boden, Sarah (2008-06-14). "Meet Gogol Bordello, the gypsy-punk oddballs bringing the sexy back". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  2. "Gogol Bordello liefern "Coca-Cola-Hymne" zur EM". Relevant.at. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Gogol Bordello: Music from 'Gypsy Punks'". In Performance. 2006-04-29.
  4. Ponce, Gina (August 2010). "Gogol Bordello: nthWORD Exclusive". nthWORD Magazine.
  5. "Gogol Bordello: "Let's geht Crazy" mit der Hymne der Euro 2012". Heute.at. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  6. Reilly, Dan (2013-08-01). "Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz Sued for Allegedly Stealing $500,000 From Band". Spin. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  7. Michaels, Sean (2013-08-01). "Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz sued over alleged hole in band accounts". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  8. "Filth and Wisdom (2008)" at IMDb, retrieved 2007 August 7
  9. "Larger Than Life in 3D" at IMDb, retrieved 2010 January 7
  10. "Tampa Bay, Florida news | Tampa Bay Times/St. Pete Times". Blogs.tampabay.com. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  11. "Grain: A short film by Carl Denham". YouTube. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
  12. Cooper, Ryan (2007). "An Interview with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello". About.com. Retrieved 2007-09-09.

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gogol Bordello.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 12/1/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.