Gogol Bordello

Posted: May 18, 2008 in cool, music
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Gogol Bordello is a multi-ethnic Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of New York City that formed in 1999 and is known for its theatrical stage shows. Much of the band’s sound is inspired by Gypsy music, as its core members are immigrants from Eastern Europe. The band incorporates minor-key accordion and fiddle (and on some albums, saxophone) mixed with cabaret, punk, and dub as well as multiple languages. Phill Jupitus has described the band as “a bit like The Clash and The Pogues having a fight… in Eastern Europe,” while Kenneth Partridge of The Hartford Courant described lead singer Eugene Hütz’s voice as “somewhere between that of Borat and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog”
Nikolai Gogol, the band’s namesake, was an ideological influence because he “smuggled” Ukrainian culture into Russian society, which Gogol Bordello intends to do with Gypsy/East-European music in the English-speaking world. “Bordello” 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”

If you haven’t heard them you are missing something unique. Give them a listen.

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