Disciplin A Kitschme
Disciplin A Kitschme performing in Belgrade in 2007
|Disciplina Ki?me, DAK, Tooth-Goofie-Nappy|
|Origin||Belgrade, Serbia (1981 – 1995, 2005 – present)|
London, England (1995 – 2003)
|Genres||Post-punk, alternative rock, funk rock, jazz fusion, noise rock, drum and bass|
|1981 – present|
|Labels||Helidon, Dokumentarna, PGP-RTB, Tom Tom Music, Babaroga Records, PGP-RTS|
|?arlo Akrobata, Ekatarina Velika|
Disciplina Ki?me (Serbian Cyrillic: ? ; trans. Backbone Discipline), currently working under the slightly altered name of Disciplin A Kitschme, is a Serbian band, one of the two spin-offs of the seminal Yugoslav new wave and later post-punk band ?arlo Akrobata, the other being Ekatarina Velika. Musically, they are best described as an aggressive and artistic rhythmic explosion, experimenting and seeking out new expressiveness while finding inspiration in the traditions of punk rock, funk, jazz fusion, motown, jungle, drum and bass, and the works of Jimi Hendrix.
The band was formed by former Limunovo Drvo and ?arlo Akrobata bassist and vocalist Du?an Koji? "Koja" in late 1981 with former Urbana Gerila drummer Nenad Krasavac "Kele". The lineup also featured Radni?ka Kontrola bassist Sr?an Markovi? "?ile", but after a short period of time, he left the band. The following year Krasavac went to serve the Yugoslav People's Army and was replaced by former Radni?ka Kontrola drummer Sr?an "?ika" Todorovi?. The band also prepared material for their debut album, but due to the non-commercial musical style, the major Yugoslav record labels denied releasing it.
Svi?a mi se da ti ne bude prijatno (I Like When You Feel Uncomfortable) was released in very small circulation by Slovenian record label Helidon in early 1983. The record producer was Koji? with the help of Toni Jurij, and Partibrejkers guitarist Neboj?a Antonijevi? "Anton" (signed as Riki Rif). The tracks "U?ivaj" ("Enjoy"), "Zgodne kretnje" ("Attractive Movement"), "Mladost ne opravdava besvest" ("Youth Does Not Justify Senselessness") and "Nemoj" ("Do Not") presented Koji?'s dominant bass lines combined with the aggressive sound of Todorovi?'s drums, similar to the style of ?arlo Akrobata drummer Ivan Vdovi? "VD". A rerecorded ?arlo Akrobata unreleased track "Pe?ati" ("Stamps"), written by Koji?, appeared on the album featuring a part of the Yugoslav anthem "Hej Sloveni", as an homage to the Jimi Hendrix cover of "The Star-Spangled Banner".
After the album release, the band continued performing in major Yugoslav cities, mainly in clubs, and in 1985, they released an EP Ja imam ?arene o?i (I Have Colorful Eyes), recorded during 1983 and 1984, with the track "Novac ne?e do?i" ("Money Will Not Come") as the most notable track, released by Slovenian record label Dokumentarna in 1985. Todorovi? did the drums and Krasavac appeared only on the intro for the track "Svi?a mi se..." ("I Like...") and on "28. jun 1984" ("June 28th 1984") recorded live at Belgrade's SKC on the same date as the song title. Koji? produced the EP and for the first time included a trumpet in the lineup, played by Jugoslav Mu?kinja. From this release onwards, all of the band releases were produced by Koji? himself.
The album Svi za mnom! (Everybody, follow me), released in 1986 by Helidon, brought some lineup and stylistic changes, as it was with drummers Krasavac and Todorovi? and a brass section featuring Zoran Erkman "Zerkman" and Ded?a on trumpets and Branislav Trivi? on saxophone. Guest appearances featured Elektri?ni Orgazam guitarist Branislav Petrovi? "Banana" (backing vocals), former Radni?ka Kontrola guitarist Darko Milojkovi? (percussion) and the Novi Sad band Boye (backing vocals). A cover of the popular YU grupa song "?udna ?uma" ("The Strange Forest"), originally recorded in 1973, appeared as the opening track on the album. Koji? also partially used a violin theme of the Antonín Dvo?ák's "Humoreska" on the track "Za?to" ("Why") and some acoustic guitar sections on the instrumental version of "?udna ?uma" called "?uma igra" ("The Forest Is Dancing"). The track "Ovo je zvuk" ("This Is The Sound") featured a part of the interview Koji? did for Vrnja?ka Banja radio, and "Ne, ne, ne" ("No, No, No") featured lyrics from "Mar? na Drinu" ("March on the Drina"), a Serbian patriotic World War I song.
After the album release, for the first time in their history, the band were taken seriously by the media and the critics, however, drummer Krasavac left the band, moving to the United States, where he currently resides. In early 1987, the band celebrated the fifth anniversary and released a live album, Najlep?i hitovi! U?ivo! (Prettiest Hits! Live!), recorded on 3 and 4 November 1986 at the Belgrade club Akademija. The album, released by a major record label, PGP-RTB, was recorded with an eight channel technique without any additional studio works. During the same year, the debut album was rereleased on cassette by the Slovenija record label, and the band lineup changed, as the drummer Todorovi? joined Ekatarina Velika and was replaced by former Limunovo Drvo and Katarina II drummer Du?an Dejanovi? and former Film and Dee Dee Mellow saxophonist Jurij Novoseli? "Kuzma" replaced Ded?a.
The new lineup released an EP called De?ija pesma (Children Song), released through PGP-RTB in 1987, featuring five different versions of the title track, "children", "disco", "early", "hit" and "superior" mix of the song. The song lyrics featured the verse "Nije dobro Bijelo Dugme; Nije dobra Katarina; ?ta je dobro; ?ta nam treba; Ki?me, Ki?me Disciplina") ("Bijelo Dugme is not good; Neither is Katarina; What is good; What we need; Ki?me, Ki?me Disciplina"). As guests on the EP appeared YU grupa guitarist Dragi Jeli?, Ivan Vdovi? "VD", Sr?an Todorovi? and Roze Poze guitarist ?eljko Nikoli?. Ironic cover versions of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" and The Cult "Love Removal Machine", recorded live at the Akademija club, also appeared on the EP. The same lineup recorded the studio album Zeleni Zub na Planeti Dosade (Green Tooth at the Planet of Boredom), released in 1989 by PGP-RTB, with the tracks "Tata i mama" ("Dad and Mum"), "Ah, kakva sre?a" ("Oh, What Happiness"), "Iza 9 brda" ("Behind 9 Hills") and "Betmen, Mandrak, Fantom" ("Batman, Mandrake, Phantom").
In February 1990, Koji? appeared on MTV show "120 Minutes" and the promotional video for the English language version of "De?ija pesma" was broadcast. In the meantime Koji?, with Vlada Divljan and Sr?an Gojkovi? "Gile", recorded the soundtrack for the movie Kako je propao rokenrol (The Fall of Rock 'n' Roll) and appeared in the movie as the superhero Zeleni Zub. At the time Koji? was also playing the guitar in the ad hoc band Kod Tri Balona performing cover versions of the songs by progressive and hard rock bands Atomsko Skloni?te, Buldo?er, Pop Ma?ina, Smak and YU grupa.
The album Nova iznena?enja za nova pokolenja (New Surprises for New Generations), recorded in November 1990 and released in early 1991, featured former Haustor drummer Sr?an Guli? "Gul" and former Pop Ma?ina and Innamorata i Papatra drummer Du?an ?uki? "?uka" on go? (a Serbian folk drum). The album featured the usage of sampled music, on "Buka u modi" ("Noise in Fashion"), featuring a sampled riff of the Dah song "No?na buka" ("Night Noise"), "Zlopamtilo" ("Grudge-bearer"), featuring a part of the YU grupa song "Bio jednom jedan pas" ("Once Upon a Time There Was a Dog"), and the cover of Pop Ma?ina single "Zemlja svetlosti" ("The Land of Light"), featuring chorus of the Time song "Rokenrol u Beogradu" ("Rock 'n' Roll in Belgrade"). "Buka u modi" was also released on single with a different version of the track on the B-side.
After the album release, due to the political situation in the country, the band held their last concerts in August 1991 in Koper and Pula. The following year, Koji? moved to London and Erkman moved to Netherlands. On March and June 1991 at the students' protest in Belgrade, Koji?'s lyrics "Vreme je za pravdu; Vreme je za istinu" ("It is time for justice; It is time for the truth") were shouted and the song "Buka u modi" became an unofficial anthem of the Winter 1996/1997 protests in Belgrade.
Having performed cover versions of Yugoslav rock songs with Serbian musicians in London and working with local musicians in the bands It's Good To Smoke and Brushstick Blues, Koji?, who started performing as Black Tooth, decided to reform Disciplina Ki?me. With the African-American singer Gofie Bebe and drummer Pete "Beat" Warren from Auckland, he reformed the band with an altered name, Disciplin A Kitschme. Warren used to work with the bands DD Smash and Pop Mechanix from Australia and various American bands and Gofie Bebe debuted in Disciplin A Kitschme. The band performed in minor clubs in England and in the Spring 1996 they founded their own record label, Babaroga Records.
Through Babaroga Records the band released a maxi single "Have You Ever Heard Of Any Other Rhythm?", featuring three versions of the title track, an English version of the song "Da li zna? za neki drugi ritam", originally released on the album Nova iznena?enja za nova pokolenja, and the song "I've Got Those Technicolor Eyes", an English version of "Ja imam ?arene o?i", originally released on the EP of the same name. During years in London thanks to their innovative playing they contributed to at the time new music expression lately called drum and bass. In November, the band released the album I Think I See Myself On CCTV featuring the songs from the EP and English versions of Disciplina Ki?me songs, "Do Not" ("Nemoj"), "Oh Why" ("Za?to"), "Children Song" ("De?ija pesma") and "Is That Really All?" ("Zar je to sve").
In 1997, Helidon reissued Svi za mnom! on CD, and Koji? recorded new versions of the songs "Do Not" and "Oh Why" and released them on single. The following year, the band released Heavy Bass Blues which beside the new material featured a cover version of the John D. Loudermilk song "Tobacco Road" and two Disciplina Ki?me songs, "Noize In Fashion" ("Buka u modi") and "High Temperature Man" ("?ovek sa visokom temperaturom"). Co-producer of the album was Skip McDonald, who also did backing vocals on the track "Bedroom Muzik" featuring the lyrics "You got a mouse in your hand; You need no people in a band" as a comment on the media and record label attitude towards musicians.
In February and September 1998, the band performed in Serbia and partially the former Yugoslav republics. The band returned to Serbia in the late 1999 and presented the new drummer, Will Parker. In the meantime they released a CD single featuring three versions of the song "Da Answer", signed as Tooth-Goofie-Nappy. During the same year, the record label Tom Tom Music released a compilation Ove ruke nisu male... 1 (These Hands Are Not Small... 1) featuring the first two Disciplina Ki?me releases and a recording of the live appearance in Zagreb's Lapidarij.
The band performed in Zagreb during February 2000, and as guests on the concert appeared Jurij Novoseli? "Kuzma" and former Haustor member Igor Pavlica, and during the Summer of the same year, they played at the 34th Zaje?ar Gitarijada. The following year the band released the album Refresh Your Senses, NOW! featuring "Da Answer" and songs dealing with the new political situation in Serbia, "D' Demoncracy Yeah" and "Surely They Won't Get Much... of My Sympathy". The lineup continued touring and performing live until 2003.
In 2003, Koji? returned to Belgrade and started working on several projects. The following year, Tom Tom Music released Ove ruke nisu male... 2 (These Hands Are Not Small... 2), featuring the reissue of the album Svi za mnom! and as bonus tracks appeared the unreleased music Koji? recorded for ?elimir ?ilnik's film Lijepe ?ene prolaze kroz grad (Pretty Women Are Passing through the Town), "Humoreska" ("Humoresque") by Antonín Dvo?ák and arranged by Koji? and the musical part of the corronation of Zeleni Zub.
In 2005, a new lineup of Disciplin A Kitchme, featuring Kazna Za U?i vocalist Manja ?or?evi?, former Sunshine, Partibrejkers and Elektri?ni Orgazam drummer Milo? Velimir "Buca" and percussionist PP (who left the band after a short period of time), recorded a comeback single "Politi?ari + virusi" ("Politicians + Viruses"), released by Tom Tom Music in 2005, featuring the "TV mix", "antivirus" and instrumental version of the track. On 10 July 2005 the band performed on the main stage at the EXIT Festival. The recording of the performance was released on the U?ivo sa Egzit-a! / Live At Exit! DVD by PGP-RTS in 2006.
In 2007, Disciplin A Kitchme released the new album, Kada ka?e? muzika, na ?ta ta?no misli?, reci mi? (When You Say Music, of What Exactly do You Think, Tell Me?). The album was conceptual, mainly dealing with the growing popularity of MP3 music, especially in the songs "Bunt" ("Riot"), "Info" and "Neko mora to da spre?i" ("Somebody Has to Stop It"). The album also featured a new version of "Politi?ari + Virusi". After the album release, the band started touring and performed at the 42nd Zaje?ar Gitarijada, the 2008 EXIT Festival, Jelen Pivo Live and other festivals as well as on their own concerts held in Serbia and abroad.
In June 2011, the band released the single "Ako ti je glasno" ("If it is Too Loud for You") for free digital download via Exit Music record label and as well as a promotional video for the same track. The single was released as a promotion for the upcoming studio album Uf!. The album was released on 5 July through the same label.
On 28 May 2013, the former member Zoran Ekrman "Zerkman" died at the age of 50, three days after his guest appearance on the Disciplin A Kitschme performance in Belgrade.
In November 2013, the band released the DVD entitled Video Uf!. The DVD featured three previously released videos for songs from Uf! and six new videos for the rest of the songs from the album, as well as audio recordings from the recording of Uf! and an interview. The DVD was given as gift with an issue of Vreme magazine. The following month, the band streamed via Deezer the single from their upcoming tenth studio album, "Samo Disciplina" ("Discipline Only"), featuring Igor Djeke, the member of the Vinkovci project Harp Explosion, as a new band member on harmonica.
In January 2014, the band released the box set entitled Ove ruke nisu male 3, containing remastered editions of Zeleni Zub na Planeti Dosade, Nova iznena?enja za nova pokolenja, Najlep?i hitovi! U?ivo! and De?ja pesma, all featuring bonus recordings. The box set also features the DVD disc entitled Ove ruke nisu male... 3, which features video recordings from concerts and various video clips from the 1980s and the 1990s. In December of the same year, Koji? recorded a cover of the song "Neukusu treba re?i NE!" ("We Should Say NO to Bad Taste!"), originally released on Uf!, with children choir ?uperak, as a part of Deca pevaju rokenrol (Children Sing Rock 'n' Roll) project. Koji? sung, played slide guitar, mixed, arranged and produced the new version. On 13 March 2015, on the band's promotional concert in Zagreb, the band was joined on stage by former members Jurij Novoseli? and Sr?an Guli?, drummer Igor Pavlica and trumpet player Nikola Santro.
In March 2016, the band released the studio album Opet (Again). The album was previously announced by the single "Zaboravili rokenrol!?!" ("Forgot about Rock 'n' Roll!?!"), released in November 2015 and featuring British musicians Lord Eric Sugumugu and Robert Goldsmith on percussion. The album featured the new drummer, Rade "Vula" Vuli?.
The book YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike (YU 100: The Best albums of Yugoslav pop and rock music), published in 1998, features three Disciplina Ki?me albums: Svi?a mi se da ti ne bude prijatno (polled No. 52), Zeleni Zub na Planeti Dosade (polled No. 32) and Svi za mnom! (polled No. 65). In 2015, Nova iznena?enja za nova pokolenja was pronounced the 12th on the list of 100 greatest Yugoslav albums, published by Croatian edition of Rolling Stone.
In 2000, the song "Buka u modi" was polled No.88 on Rock Express Top 100 Yugoslav Rock Songs of All Times list. The B92 Top 100 Domestic Songs list features two songs by the band: "De?ija pesma" (polled No.49) and "Nemoj" (polled No.63).
The lyrics of 4 songs by the band were featured in Petar Janjatovi?'s book Pesme bratstva, detinjstva & potomstva: Antologija ex YU rok poezije 1967 - 2007 (Songs of Brotherhood, Childhood & Offspring: Anthology of Ex YU Rock Poetry 1967 - 2007).