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Thursday 9 July 2009

Big In Banja Luka

From Belgium in 1981, we move forward and across a bit to Yugoslavia (as it still was then) in the mid-1980s.

While visiting Skopje, the capital of Macedonia (or - if you are one of our Greek readers - the Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia), a couple of years ago I picked up a CD with the snappy title of "Hitovi Pop Rock Osamdesetih 1984-85". As you will have guessed it was a compilation of Yugoslav hits from that era.

Here are two of them. First, from Sarajevo, Plavi Orkestar with "Goodbye Teens". Second, from Zagreb, Dorian Gray with "Sjaj U Tami", which you will recognise as a Croatian cover version of "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore".

To fully appreciate the wonder of Dorian Gray you really need to see the video:

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