Siluete in 1967: Slobodan Todorovi?, Ljuba ?or?evi?, Zoran Mievi?, Dejan Dunji? and Jovan Mi?evi? (from left to right)
|Origin||Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Genres||Beat music, rock and roll, instrumental rock, shock rock, rock|
|1961 – 1971|
1976 – 1995
|Labels||Diskos, PGP-RTB, PGP-RTS|
|Elipse, Zlatni De?aci, Tomi Sovilj i Njegove Siluete, D?entlmeni, Dah, YU Grupa|
Branislav Miri? Babura
The band was officially formed on 20 October 1961 by Zoran Mievi? (vocals and bass guitar), Branko Gluevi? (formerly of Black Cats, rhythm guitar), Ilija Stani? (guitar), Zoran Simjanovi? (keyboards) and Miroslav "Mine" Mini? (drums). The band members, influenced by the film The Young Ones which featured Cliff Richard and The Shadows, named the band Siluete. The band had their first notable performance on ?or?e Marjanovi?'s concert in Belgrade's Dom Sindikata.
After performances in Makarska during the summer of 1963, the members of Siluete departed. Simjanovi? moved to Elipse, Gluevi? and Mievi? formed Lutalice with guitarist Bo?idar "Lari" Plesni?ar and rhythm guitarist Slobodan Mihajlovi?, and Ili? continued to lead Siluete in the new lineup: Dejan Dunji? (bass guitar), Jovan Mi?evi? (drums), Miomir "Kraka" Petrovi? (rhythm guitar) and Ljuba ?or?evi? (keyboards). As the band performed instrumental music, at one of their performances they were approached by singer Tomislav "Tomi" Sovilj (formerly of Zlatni De?aci) who suggested them to work together, but this collaboration lasted for only a year.
As Lutalice disbanded in 1964, Mievi? moved back to Siluete which soon achieved high success with their live performances. In the mid 1964, Tomi Sovilj formed his own Siluete, but the members of the original Siluete sued him and he lost the right to use the name Siluete, so he continued to perform with his band under the name Tomi Sovilj i Njegove Siluete (Tomi Sovilj and His Silhouettes). During 1965, Siluete shocked the audience with their live performances, which secured them with huge popularity. At the time there were around 230 rock bands in Belgrade, but all of them wore short hair and tidy clothes, which were the standards Siluete changed. At the Belgrade Gitarijada held on January 9, 1966 on Belgrade's Sajmi?te, Siluete performed with other popular rock bands. That evening a former member of Beduini, guitarist Dragi Jeli? performed with the band for the first time. In 1967, Siluete won the first place on Gitarijada organized by Ve?ernje novosti. They released their first EP with songs "Tvoj ro?endan" (a cover of Small Faces's "Sha la la lie") "Massachusetts" (cover of the Bee Gees' song) ""Keti", "Najdra?i san" (cover of The Searchers' "When You Walk in the Room") and "Uhvati vetar" (cover of Donovan's "Catch the Wind") and sold more than 45,000 copies of it.
At the time, film direction student Sr?an Karanovi? recorded a television movie about Siluete, entitled U?io sam dve godine kontrabas (I Learned how to Play Bass for Two Years). The band also appeared in Branko Bauer's film Do?i i ostati. During 1966 they often performed in Belgrade and Zagreb on the exhibitions of painter Olja Ivanjicki. The band appeared on front covers of various magazines and Mievi?'s long blond hair caused numerous scandals. There were several attempts by citizens of Belgrade to cut his hair, so he got the media's attention by trying to insure his hair. On New Year's Eve of 1967, they held a twenty-three-hour concert in Belgrade's Dom Omladine. In January 1968, at their concert in Sarajevo, a riot broke out. A large number of chairs was broken, Mievi?'s shirt was ripped off, his gold necklace was split, Ljuba ?or?evi? was hit on the head with a bottle, and Siluete manager's wallet was stolen. At the Siluete concert in Novi Sad band members broke their guitars, got in a fight with the audience and the band's van was damaged. Mievi? regularly received hundreds of letters from his fans becoming the first Yugoslav megastar since ?or?e Marjanovi?.
The band tried to break into the foreign market; for months they performed in Austria and Germany, but the guitarist Dragi Jeli? left the band and went back to Yugoslavia where he joined the band D?entlmeni (he would later form highly successful YU Grupa with his brother ?ika). Jeli? was replaced by a former D?entlmeni member Slobodan Todorovi?. During the absence of Siluete from Yugoslavia some newspapers published the news that Siluete performed at a graveyard in Nuremberg.
After returning to Yugoslavia the band released the single with songs "Dona" i "Voleti nekog", organized comeback concert in Belgrade's Dom Omladine, and went on Yugoslav tour. In 1969 Dunji? left the band and was replaced by the bass guitarist and painter Aleksandar Cvetkovi?. After releasing the single "Dosadan dan" they started performing in clubs all over Europe, but when the band members realized that their intention to release a record for the foreign market will not be realized, they split-up. Cvetkovi? moved to the band CD, and Mievi? remained in Germany for two more years. After returning to Yugoslavia in 1973 he performed with various bands before deciding to retire.
In 1975 Mievi? reformed Siluete. The new lineup consisted of Ljuba ?or?evi? (keyboards), Boba Orli? (formerly of Bitnici, bass guitar) Dragan Vukeli? (electric piano) and Radomir Drami?anin (formerly of Dah, drums). Siluete went on a tour on which Mievi? appeared on stage with a snake, but they saw little success and disbanded once again. In 1976 Mievi? and ?or?evi? reformed Siluete with a group of younger musicians. This line-up recorded single "Pono?ni voz" and single "Makedonsko devoj?e" with former miss Yugoslavia Lidija Vekovska.
During the following years Mievi? led Siluete with little success. More than 180 musicians passed through Siluete, and new musical trends took Siluete to the margin. However, Siluete appeared on several larger concerts, on which the band performed a cover of Bijelo Dugme's "Kad bi bio bijelo dugme" with lyrics "Dok su bile Siluete / Dugmi?i su bili malo dete" ("While Silhouettes were playing / Buttons were just kids"). Siluete would later appear on Bijelo Dugme's concert on JNA Stadium as one of the opening bands.
In 1986, Ljuba ?or?evi? died, but Mievi? decided to continue activity. In 1994, a various artists compilation album Sjaj izgubljene ljubavi (Shine of the Lost Love), which featured Siluete song "Tvoj ro?endan", was released. Zoran Mievi? died on April 4, 1995. In 2000 the compilation album VIS Siluete, with an overview of the band's work, was released.
The song "Uhvati vetar" was covered by Jura Stubli? & Film on their 1989 album Zemlja sre?e.