The 1972-1976 Pop Ma?ina lineup: Robert Neme?ek, Zoran Bo?inovi?, and Mihajlo Popovi?.
|Origin||Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia|
|Genres||Progressive rock, hard rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock|
Jazz rock (late period)
|1972 – 1978|
|Labels||PGP-RTB, ZKP RTLJ, ITMM, MCF Records, Internut Music, Multimedia Records|
|Rok Ma?ina, D?entlmeni, Tako, YU grupa, Siluete, Generacija 5, Dah, Zebra, Opus, Riblja ?orba, Bajaga i Instruktori, Zona B|
Pop Ma?ina (Serbian Cyrillic: ; trans. Pop Machine) was a Yugoslav progressive rock band from Belgrade. Pop Ma?ina was formed in 1972, and released two studio albums and one live album before disbanding in 1978. After Pop Ma?ina disbanded, the band's former members formed a short-lasting hard rock band Rok Ma?ina.
The band was formed in Belgrade in 1972 by Robert Neme?ek (a former Dogovor Iz 1804, D?entlmeni, and Intro member, bass guitar, vocals), Zoran Bo?inovi? (a former Excellent, Rokeri, D?entlmeni, and Intro member, guitar, vocals), Ratislav ?elma? (drums), and Sava Boji? (guitar, vocals). Boji? soon left the band (he would join the band Tako in 1974), and soon after ?elma? also left (and joined YU grupa). ?elma? was replaced by a former Intro and Siluete member Mihajlo "Bata" Popovi?, and Pop Ma?ina continued as a trio.
Pop Ma?ina was one of the first bands on the former Yugoslav rock scene that moved from the 1960s rhythm and blues towards harder sound. They often organized free concerts, and in 1972 they organized a free open-air concert at Hajdu?ka ?esma. The concert also featured bands S Vremena Na Vreme, Porodi?na Manufaktura Crnog Hleba, and others. In May 1973, they organized another free concert at Hajdu?ka ?esma, which featured bands Jutro, Grupa 220, Med, Vlada i Bajka, and others. In 1973, the band released their debut album Kiselina (Acid). The album featured hard rock sound, but also featured psychedelic and acid rock elements. The album also featured several acoustic songs composed by Neme?ek. Kiselina featured Sloba Markovi? on keyboards, and three songs featured Mi?a Aleksi? (at the time member of SOS) on bass guitar. The album also featured S Vremena Na Vreme members Ljuba Ninkovi? and Vojislav ?uki?, Drago Mlinarec, and DAG members on backing vocals. Pop Ma?ina and S Vremena Na Vreme continued to cooperate in studio and on live appearances, and in 1975 Neme?ek would appeare as a guest on S Vremena Na Vreme debut self-titled album. After Kiselina was released, Pop Ma?ina held a large number of concerts. They often performed in Belgrade Sports' Hall. These concerts were organized with the help of Aleksandar Tijani?, at the time a journalism student, and other Yugoslav progressive rock bands were often invited to perform. Pop Ma?ina had an attractive on-stage appearance: Bo?inovi? was one of the first former Yugoslav guitarists that played long guitar solos, played guitar with a bow and behind his back.
At the beginning of 1975, in Akademik Studio in Ljubljana, the band recorded their second studio album Na izvoru svetlosti (At the Spring of Light). The album was produced by Ivo Umek and Neme?ek. It featured Ljuba Ninkovi? and Sloba Markovi? as guest musicians. The album featured live blues track "Negde daleko" ("Somewhere Far Away") recorded in Belgrade Sports Hall on January 2, 1974, and the song "Rekvijem za prijatelja" ("Requiem for a Friend"), with lyrics written by Ninkovi?, dedicated to Predrag Jovi?i?, the former singer of the band San, who died from an electric shock on a concert in ?air Sports Center in Ni?. The album also featured a new version of the song "Zemlja svetlosti" ("Land of Light"), previously released on a 7" single. After the album release, the band was joined by the keyboardist Oliver Mandi?. However, he left the band after only several performances. In 1976, the band released the live album Put ka Suncu (Road to Sun), becoming the first former Yugoslav band to release a live album.
At the end of 1976, Neme?ek left the band due to his army obligations, and the bass guitarist Du?an Petrovi?, the drummer Du?an ?uki? (a former Innamorata member), and the guitarist Vidoja "D?ind?er" Bo?inovi? (Zoran Bo?inovi?'s brother, a former Dim Bez Vatre member) joined the band. After Neme?ek returned from the army, he moved to London, where he started working in the music instruments company Toma & Co. From London he also wrote for Yugoslav magazines RTV revija and YU video. The new Pop Ma?ina lineup moved towards jazz rock. The band recorded the single with the songs "Moja pesma" ("My Song") and "Uspomena" ("Memory"). In 1977, Petrovi? left the band and joined Generacija 5, and was replaced by Miroslav "Cvele" Cvetkovi? (a former Tilt member). This lineup announced the recording of a new album. However, in 1978, Pop Ma?ina disbanded.
Vidoja Bo?inovi? and ?uki? joined the band Dah. After Dah disbanded in 1976, Bo?inovi? joined the band Opus in which he spent only six months. After he returned from London, Neme?ek worked in Dadov Theatre as an editor of rock program.
After Rok Ma?ina disbanded Zoran Bo?inovi? retired from music, but in the 1990s he started performing with the blues-rock band Zona B. He died in 2004. Vidoja Bo?inovi? performed in blues clubs and with the jazz band Interactive before joining Riblja ?orba in 1984. Neme?ek became a film program editor at RTV Politika.
In 1994, a remastered version of Kiselina was released on CD by Serbian record label ITVMM. During the same year, the song "Kiselina" was released on Komuna compilation album Plima: Progresivna muzika (Tide: Progressive Music) which featured songs by former Yugoslav progressive rock artists. In 2000, Kiselina was reissued on CD by Polish record label Wydawnictwo 21, in a limited number of 500 copies and featuring four bonus tracks. In 2005, the album was reissued on vinyl by Austrian record label Atlantide. In 2007, in order to celebrate thirty-five years since the release of the album, Neme?ek, in cooperation with Serbian label MCG records, released the CD Originalna Kiselina - 35 godina kasnije (Original Acid - 35 Years Later) in a limited number of 999 copies. The release featured original track listing and original song mixes. In 2008, Internut Music and Multimedia Records released the luxurious box set Antologija 1972 - 1976 (Anthology 1972 - 1976), which featured all the recordings released by Pop Ma?ina, 9 unreleased tracks, a recording of a concert in Belgrade Sports Hall, and a book about the band.
The song "Zemlja svetlosti" was covered by Serbian alternative rock band Disciplina Ki?me on their 1991 album Nova iznena?enja za nova pokolenja. The song "Se?anja" ("Memories") was covered by Serbian singer-songwriter Nikola ?uturilo on his 2011 album Tu i sad. Vidoja Bo?inovi? made guest appearance on the track.
The album Kiselina was polled in 1998 as 60th on the list of 100 greatest Yugoslav popular music albums in the book YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike (YU 100: The Best albums of Yugoslav pop and rock music). The song "Put ka Suncu" was polled in 2000 as 92nd on Rock Express Top 100 Yugoslav Rock Songs of All Times list.
On October 5, 2005, in Belgrade's Bard Club, a concert dedicated to Zoran Bo?inovi? was held. The musicians performing on the concert included his brother Vidoja, Miroslav Cvetkovi? (of Bajaga i Instruktori, formerly of Pop Ma?ina), Neboj?a Antonijevi? (of Partibrejkers), Dejan Cuki?, Petar Radmilovi? (of ?or?e Bala?evi?'s backing band), Du?an Koji? (of Disciplina Ki?me), Branislav Petrovi? (of Elektri?ni Orgazam), Du?an ?uki? (formerly of Pop Ma?ina), Nikola ?uturilo, Manja ?or?evi? (of Disciplina Ki?me), Vladimir ?or?evi? (of Lira Vega and Neo?ekivana Sila Koja Se Iznenada Pojavljuje i Re?ava Stvar), Vlada Negovanovi?, the bands Van Gogh and Zona B, and oters. The recording of the concert was released on the DVD Put ka Suncu - No? posve?ena Zoranu Bo?inovi?u (Road to Sun - A Night Dedicated to Zoran Bo?inovi?).