Divlje Jagode performing at the 2007 Gitarijada festival.
|Origin||Biha?, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Genres||Hard rock, Heavy metal|
|Labels||Jugoton, Diskoton, Logo Records, Nimfa, Croatia Records, One Records|
Divlje jagode (trans. "Wild strawberries") are an ex-Yugoslav and Bosnian heavy metal band formed in 1977. The band are widely considered to be regional pioneers of the heavy metal genre and one of the most popular enduring icons of rock music in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. In almost 40 years since its founding, the band have released 12 studio albums, the latest being 2013 release Biodinami?ka ljubav, several singles and compilation albums.
Divlje Jagode were formed in 1977 in Biha? by guitarist Zele Lipova?a (a former Biseri, Selekcija and Zenit member). The first Divlje Jagode lineup featured vocalist Ante Jankovi?, bass guitarist Nihad Jusufhod?i? (a former Zenit member), keyboardist Mustafa "Muc" Ismailovski (a former Gre?nici member) and drummer Adonis Dokuzovi? (a former Novi Akordi member). The band achieved high popularity with their first singles: hard rock ballads "Jedina moja" and "Patkica" and a cover of Bosnian folk song "Moj dilbere". In 1978 they released their debut self-titled album Divlje Jagode, which featured a number of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath inspired songs, a new version of "Jedina moja" and ballad "Krivo je more" among others. After the album was released the band made a break because part of the band's members' army obligations. Ismailovski joined Srebrna Krila, and Lipova?a, alongside Marina Tucakovi? became spiritus movens of a disco band Mirzino Jato.
In 1980 Divlje Jagode continued their activity in the new lineup: Jankovi?, Lipova?a, drummer Nasko Budimli? and bass guitarist Alen Islamovi?. This lineup recorded album Stakleni hotel ("Glass Hotel") which marked their complete shift towards heavy metal. Songs lyrics were written by Elvis J. Kurtovich & His Meteors vocalist Goran Petranovi?, Marina Tucakovi? and Islamovi?. Album's biggest hits were "Autostop" and ballads "Dodirni me, skloni bol" and "Potra?i put". On the tour that followed the album release Divlje Jagode played around one hundred concerts. At this time Lipova?a took over Angus Young's schoolboy image.
In 1981 Jankovi? started his solo career, and Divlje Jagode released Motori ("Motorcycles") with Islamovi? on vocals. Title track became huge hit, and songs "?ejla", "Zagrizi rokenrol" and ballads "Nasmije?i se" and "Ne ?eli? kraj" were well accepted. On the part of the tour that followed Motori release they were joined by Jankovi?. Two following albums ?arobnjaci ("Wizards"), which featured hits "Morrison" and "?arobnjaci", and Vatra ("Fire"), which featured hits "Ciganka", "Let na drugi svijet" and "Moja si...", were both well accepted, and the band signed a contract with British record company Logo Records under the name Wild Strawberries
In 1986 they started recording an English language album with new bass guitarist Zlatan ?ehi?. Eight of their old songs were rerecorded with English language lyrics and the album featured two new songs, "Fire on the Water" and "Wild Boys". Album featured keyboardist Don Airey as guest musician. At this time Lipova?a was approached to join Whitesnake as lead guitarist, but refused focusing on Wild Strawberries career. Adopting a glam metal outlook, the band performed at The Marquee and a number of English clubs. The pilot single with song "Shayla" was released, but being suspicious about Wild Strawberries' success in Great Britain, Islamovi? accepted Goran Bregovi?'s invitation and joined Bijelo Dugme, and Wild Strawberries' debut release was delayed. Album Wild Strawberries appeared in 1987, but the band did not have any live performances following the album release. Wild Strawberries was soon released in Sweden, Germany, Italy and Netherlands.
The same year Budimli? temporarily retired. Stevie Doherty, vocalist of the band Zero Zero from Glasgow was approached to join the band, but eventually Mladen "Tifa" Voji?i?, the former Bijelo Dugme singer, joined the band as the new frontman. The album Konji was recorded by Lipova?a, Tifa, ?ehi?, keyboardist Vladimir Podany (a former Armija B member) and drummer Edin ?ehovi? (a former Country Carma, Bandoleros and Tusk member). It featured rerecorded "Divlje jagode" from their first album and a cover of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Turkish March. This lineup did not last long either: in the middle of 1988, during a tour, Tifa, Podany and ?ehovi? left the band. ?ehi? took over the vocals and the drums were played by Dragan "?i?i" Jankeli?. In 1989 the former Osmi Putnik frontman Zlatan Stipi?i? became the new Divlje Jagode vocalist. This lineup recorded demos, helping Lipova?a sign a five-year contract in the United States, but that project was never realised, and Divlje Jagode disbanded.
During the Yugoslav wars Lipova?a lived in London and Zagreb. After releasing his solo album Magic Love Lipova?a reunited Divlje Jagode. In 1994 they released album Labude, kad rata ne bude ("Swan, when there Is no more War"). In 1996 Lipova?a, Budimli?, bass guitarist Sanin Kari? and vocalists ?anil "?ak" Tataj and recorded a softer, ballad-oriented album Sto vjekova ("Hundred Centuries").
At the end of 1990s Lipova?a, Budimli? and Thomas Balaz and vocalist Pero Gali? recorded Divlje Jagode latest album Od neba do neba ("From Sky to Sky") which was released in 2003. First Divlje Jagode singer Ante Jankovi?, as well as other former members ?anil Tataj, Emir Ceri?, Livio Berak and Marko Osmanovi?, joined the band on their live performances on several occasions. In 2006 the band released the single "Piramida", which was accompanied with a music video. On January 25, 2012, the band released a new single "Ne, Nisam Ja", which will be also released on the band's new album. The music video was shot in Sarajevo. In February and March 2012, Jagode went on tour in Australia, performing three concerts in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on "On the Road Again" tour.
Divlje Jagode released a new album, called Biodinami?ka Ljubav, after a 10-years break. The album featured 11 songs. The line-up consisted of Zele Lipova?a (guitars, backing vocals), Livio Berak (vocals), Damjan Deuri? (keyboards), Nasko Budimli? (drums) and Andrs Ispn (bass). Guest musicians were ?anil "?ak" Tataj (vocals), Ivana Peters (vocals), Vladimir Kmoni?ek (vocals), Zlatan "?eha" ?ehi? (bass) and Vlatka Pokos (backing vocals).