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Tuesday 17 March 2020

The Long Goodbye: Part 6

Welcome to Part 6 of our European tour. This time we are taking you to the Czech Republic. You may as well come along because its the only way you are going to get there now they have closed the borders. Also, you can enjoy the glittering array of talent we have put together for you.

We kick things off with solo singles from two of the three members of Golden Kids, the leading lights of the 1960s Czech pop scene who were pretty marvellous by anyone's standards. We've featured "Papagallo Baby" before. It's here again because its one of my favourite records ever.

Vaclav and Helena Vondrackova, the third member, went on to have great solo success. Not so Marta Kubisova, who was targeted by the authorities for her political views and effectively banned, but who was to become one of the symbols of the Velvet Revolution in 1989. I think all you Josipa Losic fans out there might like her.

Next we've got some seventies folk-rock courtesy of Marsyas, featuring the fantastic voice of Zuzana Michnova, who I think could fairly be described as the Czech Sandy Denny. After that, well, you can find out for yourselves.

"Papagallo Baby" - Václav Neckář

"Nejsi Sám, Kdo Doufá" - Marta Kubisova

"Barvám" - Marsyas

"Žal Se Odkládá" - Jiri Korn

"Mosty" - Lenka Filipova & Karel Zich

We'll kick off the extra length video section with the Golden Kids. Has there ever been a better pop video that this one?


  1. Ms Kubisova's vocal is not as strong as Josipa Lisac (well, I am an expert having endured 8 albums so far). Do you think Marsyas had been listening to Fairport Conevntion albums?

  2. Here's my favourite Czech track