Thursday, March 09, 2006
Hali Gali Halid - Vo-Zdra
Hali Gali Halid Vo-Zdra 7" (Listen Loudest, 1991)
What do you get when you cross a smart ass with a knowledge of Turkish folk music with a Croatian garage punk band? Hali Gali Halid's Vo-Zdra 7" is what (yeah, I know, you saw that coming from a mile away). HG Halid was the singer for the Croatian garage punk band Majke. He also knows his Turkish music. So when a wave of trendy commecialized faux-Turkish folk music swept up Yugoslavia in the early 90s, Hali decided to make a record mocking the trendies, using Turkish melodies backed by a hapdashed punk band. His pal Zdenko pressed up 500 copies of this four song 7" on his Listen Loudest label, which released a wealth of music documenting the Croatian punk scene prior to the Civil War. Zdenko released a CD of Hali Gali Halid, which sound less experimental and more like a Turkish Hawkwind. Supposedly another Halid CD is in the works. (At this point I should disclose that I have a small stake in this record, having bought many copies to sell through S-S Records.) Enjoy a sound that you've never heard, unless you have already heard this. One of four songs. -Scott S.