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BIJELO DUGME (translation: "White Button") was founded by Goran Bregovic, at the initiative of Ismet "Nuno" Arnautalic, formerly the founder of INDEXI. Bregovic spent much of his childhood in a Musical School for violin players, from which he was expelled for "lack of talent". Soon after his expulsion, his mother bought him a guitar, and thus, BIJELO DUGME was born. Bregovic was the band's sole composer and wrote most of the lyrics, although some of the most popular BIJELO DUGME songs weren't written by Bregovic, for example: "Ima neka tajna veza", "Glavni junak jedne knjige", "Sta bi dao da si na mom mjestu", "Pristao sam biŠu sve sto hoŠe" were written by Dusko Trifunovic, "Da sam pekar", "Selma" were written by Vlado Dijak, "Lose vino" by Arsen Dedic etc.

After recruiting the band's first line up (Goran Bregovic/guitar, Zeljko Bebek/vocal, Zoran Redzic/bass, Ipe Ivandic/drums and Vlado Pravdic/keyboards), BIJELO DUGME under the name JUTRO (translation: "Morning") were turned down by Sarajevo based record company Diskoton, but were offered to record a single for another record company, Jugoton in Zagreb. The first single was named "Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme" (translation: "If I were a white button"). After the single was released, BregoviŠ was convinced by the band's manager to change the band's name to BIJELO DUGME, because there was already another band in Ljubljana called JUTRO and due to success of the hit-single, the name was already well-accepted in public.

With charismatic vocalist Zeljko Bebek, the band soon reached stardom in the former Yugoslavia, as one newspaper put it, they sold more albums than there were record players in Yugoslavia. The pinnacle of the band's career was 1979's "Bitanga i princeza", the album is often heralded as their most mature with vocalist Bebek. They were often referred to as the Yugoslav BEATLES and the phenomenon they created was called "Dugmemanija" (like Beatlemania).

The turn of the decade brought the rise of numerous New Wave artists, and BIJELO DUGME soon found their popularity sinking, to which they reacted by reinventing themselves for their 1980 release "Dozivjeti stotu", featuring a much more New Wave and Ska oriented sound.

1984 brought the departure of Zeljko Bebek to pursue a solo career and Mladen Vojicic - Tifa was recruited to re...
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3.37 | 23 ratings
Kad Bi' Bio Bijelo Dugme
1974
4.25 | 25 ratings
Sta Bi Dao Da Si Na Mom Mjestu
1975
3.51 | 17 ratings
Eto! Bas hocu!
1976
4.05 | 19 ratings
Bitanga i princeza
1979
2.33 | 14 ratings
Dozivjeti stotu
1980
2.98 | 13 ratings
Uspavanka za Radmilu M.
1983
1.50 | 2 ratings
Ratimir Borsic Raca & Bijelo Dugme: ...A Milicija Trenira Strogocu (OST)
1983
3.55 | 11 ratings
Bijelo dugme
1984
2.55 | 11 ratings
Pljuni i zapjevaj moja Jugoslavijo
1986
2.03 | 11 ratings
Ćiribiribela
1988

BIJELO DUGME Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.14 | 3 ratings
Koncert kod Hajducke cesme
1977
1.95 | 2 ratings
5. april '81
1981
1.00 | 3 ratings
Mramor kamen i zeljezo
1987
2.00 | 1 ratings
Turneja 2005: Sarajevo-Zagreb-Beograd
2005

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Uspavanka za Radmilu M.
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nakon Svih Ovih Godina
1990
3.67 | 3 ratings
Turneja 2005: Sarajevo-Zagreb-Beograd
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Antologija 1 ('75-'83)
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
Antologija 2 ('84-'89)
2005

BIJELO DUGME Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 2 ratings
Iz sve snage
1975
3.00 | 2 ratings
Singl ploče (1974-1975)
1982
2.05 | 2 ratings
Singl ploče (1976-1980)
1982
4.00 | 1 ratings
Sanjao sam noćas da te nemam - Velike rock balade
1984
1.00 | 1 ratings
Nakon Svih Ovih Godina
1990
2.00 | 1 ratings
Ima Neka Tajna Veza
1994
3.18 | 2 ratings
Rock & Roll: Najveci hitovi '74-'88
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Singlice 1974-1980
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate Collection
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2007

BIJELO DUGME Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Glavni Junak Jedne Knjige
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Da Sam Pekar
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Da Mi Je Znati Koji Joj Je Vrag
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Goran Bregovic, Bijelo Dugme & Zagrebacki Gudacki Kvartet: Ima Neka Tajna Veza
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ne Gledaj Me Tako i Ne Ljubi Me Vise
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ipe Ivandic & Bijelo Dugme: Dzambo
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Zeljko Bebek & Bijelo Dugme: Milovan
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Himna Lista Zdravo
1976
2.50 | 2 ratings
Tako Ti Je Mala Moja Kad Ljubi Bosanac
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Eto! Bas Hocu!
1976
1.00 | 1 ratings
Bitanga i Princeza
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Licne Stvari (OST)
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dobro Vam Jutro, Petrovic Petre
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
'Ajmo curice, 'ajmo dječaci!
2005

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 Ipe Ivandic & Bijelo Dugme: Dzambo by BIJELO DUGME album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1976
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Review by historian9
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— First review of this album —
4 stars This single contains a rare feat, two completely instrumental songs by Bijelo Dugme! I'm not sure if these were the only ones but it's a special thing indeed. Now I do think that it isn't the same thing to give 4 stars to an album and 4 stars to a single, so keep that in mind about the rating.

It was expected since the drummer Ipe Ivandić was the one who got into symphonic rock waters with Laza Ristovski on that one album. "Dzambo" has a bit of funky vibe to it, with nice keyboards by Laza which sound like they could have come from a more spacey album; there are a bit unnecessary vocals with just the song title in the chorus. "Vatra" is louder and starts more in a hard rock vein, but by the end it goes through a few interesting passages which I wouldn't associate with Bijelo Dugme immediately. All in all, recommended and not just for fans of the band.

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 Rock & Roll: Najveci hitovi '74-'88 by BIJELO DUGME album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
3.18 | 2 ratings

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Review by 1967/ 1976

3 stars Interesting compilation but not perfect. The songs included in this compilation are all good if you love Hard Rock, Classic Rock and some type of contamination between Rock and Progressive. Also if Goran Bregovicc is your type of musician certain songs are good for you. I prefer the songs with Zeljko Bebek also if some of my preferred song are not included here and for this fact this compilation is good but not very good, for me.

Certainly if the Rock of 1970's please you "Rock & Roll: Najveci hitovi '74-'88 is good. but it is not so representative of Bijelo Dugme music.

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 Uspavanka za Radmilu M. by BIJELO DUGME album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.98 | 13 ratings

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Review by Hikoki

5 stars An absolutely fantastic and congenical record. For me, as a Czech person having had the rare opportunity to hear this LP in the 80┤s because it was the only Biolo Dugme LP released in the socialist Czechoslovakia, this collection of songs represents an amazing synthesis of specific rock , jazz and slavonic/balkan folklore . When I first heard it I was hit by the incredible drive, emotionality, playfullness, and musical virtuosity contained in the music. Also, it┤s just the variety of the songs , paradoxicallly criticized by some here on the forum (┤mixed bag┤???), is what makes listening to this record an forever fresh and inspiring exprience, which can only be matched by some of the best recordings within the world context. I┤m sorry to say that when I got the chance , much later, to get to hear some other Bijelo Dugme music, I was disappointed. So much for an outsider┤s point of view.

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 Iz sve snage by BIJELO DUGME album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1975
3.33 | 2 ratings

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Review by 1967/ 1976

4 stars Extreme interesting compilation focused on 1974/ 1975 recordings.

I think that Bijelo Dugme is a great Heavy Prog band and this compilation is extremely god in this sense. I bought this compilation in Mercator (Nova Goriza) for ? 4,17 and in my car (during my jouney returning home (with an intermediate step to lengthen the journey) I think that this CD has melted! Because yes, Bijelo Dugme in 1974/ 1975 was one of the best European bands and songs as 'Top', 'Tako ti je, mala moja, kad ljubi bosanac', 'Ne spavaj, mala moja, muzika dok svira', 'Dosao sam da ti kazem da odlazim', 'Da sam pekar', 'Ne gledaj me tako i ne ljubi me vise', 'Hop-cup' and 'Selma' are between my all time 100 top songs! The style is basically Rock, Hard Rock with great twin guitar and organ (or moog) with great vocal parts.

'Iz sve snage' is not a perfect compilation. But for me 'Iz sve snage' is magical as compilation.

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 Eto! Bas hocu! by BIJELO DUGME album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.51 | 17 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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4 stars Wow, another classic by the balkan legend from Sarajevo.

I don't understand, frankly, the low ratings of the other colleagues. Even if not at the same level of the terrific previous album Sta Bi Dao Da Si Na Mom Mjestu (1975), a masterpiece, IMHO, Et˛, Bas Hocu has similar elements of and the memorable "pastirski rock" sound.

The structure of all the classic repertoire of Bijelo Dugme is here: zenith is touched at the bottom of the tracking list. "Sanjao Sam Nocas da te Nemam" has a very haunting melodic appeal and pompous arrengements, a very distictive sound. Don't understand the lyrics but it seems something sad. The singer Bebek is a pure pleasure to listen to and did a hell of a work along as all the other members.

I find something italian in it (also in other albums)... maybe it is due to the long stay of Goran Bregovic in Neaples in the early seventies, just before the foundation of the band.

The general mood of the music is near the previous work but somehow less aggressive and more gentle in touch. Not less fresh, tough, and that's why I love this album wholeheartedly.

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 Kad Bi' Bio Bijelo Dugme by BIJELO DUGME album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.37 | 23 ratings

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Review by manofmystery

3 stars Left wanting more, and not just from the cover. Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme and Selma are the highlights here, they are accompanied by three decent rock songs, and an abysmal cover of the song Rock 'n' Roll Music; which isn't a very good song to begin with (not one of Chuck Berry's best to be sure). What lifted the first two songs mentioned above the rest of the album was the excellent organ work. The reason I opened with "left wanting more" is actually because the organ play on this album was so extremely satisfying that the songs forgoing heavy organ influence dissappointed and deflated. I fear this album falls closer to standard rock and, but for a few tracks, will leave the progheads hunger unfed. Good rock, non-essential prog.

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 Sta Bi Dao Da Si Na Mom Mjestu by BIJELO DUGME album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.25 | 25 ratings

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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5 stars This is a terrific record, in my humble opinion. I have the recent remastered cd issued by Croatia Record and I have to say the audio quality is really superb. The album is made of seven tracks, between 2 and 7 minutes, curiously with longest titles each as it's common in the first part of the band's discography.

Sta Bi Dao... is the second record of the yugoslavian glory Bijelo Dugme, a band that justly can be considered at the top of the rock classic experience in that area. One of the members is also well known in the western countries: it's a certain Goran Bregović who was then at electric guitar.

Musically, the album deserves its own place in this site. It's a sort of mix between heavy prog and balkanic rythms thanks also to the wonderful vocals of the singer Zeljko Bebek.

The opener is particularly strong and it's a short but intense ride toward a pompous majestic crescendo thanks to heavy guitar and moog synthesizer. Wonderful and exciting the final part. The keyboards element is not dominant and it's based, for the most part, on hammond organ. Fortunately, moog appears here and there giving tinges that only a heavy prog band knows how to do.

Balkanik roots are also quite evident in the track Hop-Cup which is built upon a folkish rythm even if not too far from the general mood of the album. This is probably the most interesting quality of the record (rectius of the band) and it shows its apotheosis in the self titled closer which features all the best: choral, pompous and majestic heavy prog alternating with softer parts with some sparse mediterranean flavours (the keyboards-flute-effect reminds me of traditional arias from Neaples). Marvellous and sad vocals for the band's high manifesto. Acoustic guitars in the opening and final sections give the sense of that pastirski rok (sheperd rock), expression used to describe their music during the seventies.

The middle part of the album continues the similar formula of the explosive opener: Ne Gledaj Me Tako... and, above all, Pozurite Konji Moji are simply superb and very well performed. Great heavy guitar riffs helped by fabulous moog impulses. Bekrija Si, Cijelo Selo Viče is perhaps the less original of the album due to its rock-and-roll clear inspiration. Another excellent number, though.

My final evaluation is justly high. When you listen to such a thing you cannot really deny it has to be called a classic. In my opinion it's even better than the acclaimed (and excellent too) Bitanga i Princeza. That's for its more refined heavy prog sound which is far from coming close to a true prog related item.

The band is still active but I think Bregovic is out. Some weeks ago I saw in Histria posters of their actual tour in Croatia... the tour is titled... Sta Bi dao...haven't got the opportunity to see them performing live. What a pity. These guys really rock!

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 Singlice 1974-1980 by BIJELO DUGME album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Review by Seyo
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— First review of this album —
3 stars This is remaster edition of both previous Singl ploce two volumes from 1982. It is now issued as a double- CD including bonus two tracks taken from solo single of drummer Ipe Ivandic, Vatra and Dzambo, otherwise not available on any earlier compilation. This is now very good and comprehensive singles collection of BIJELO DUGME, which is perhaps not good enough for prog rock collections but is good enough for serious collector of classic 1970s rock in Yugoslavia. Thumbs up!

PERSONAL RATING: 3,5/5

P.A. RATING: 3/5

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 Nakon Svih Ovih Godina by BIJELO DUGME album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
1.00 | 1 ratings

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Review by Seyo
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— First review of this album —
1 stars The first official compilation after the break-up of BIJELO DUGME in 1989 is titled After All These Years. It contains selection of 9 random tracks from the later, awfully degrading rock career when they became a stadium-show monster apt to manipulate and seduce the illiterate South Slav masses. Even the cover is horribly diletant, unoriginal and visciously poisonous with its message with angels saying hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil while the Hell broke loose in the former SFRY. Tragic.

PERSONAL RATING: 0/5

P.A. RATING: 1/5

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 Singl ploče (1976-1980) by BIJELO DUGME album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1982
2.05 | 2 ratings

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Review by Seyo
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2 stars The second singles compilation LP issued together with the previous one is far less interesting, mainly because it contains fewer singles-only tracks. This time only four out of 12 songs are not taken from any studio album.

"Milovan" and "Goodbye, Amerika" are taken from the 1976 single credited to "Zeljko Bebek and Bijelo Dugme". It was recorded in New York RCA studios just for the sake of indulgence because Jugoton had enough money to pay them for a US visit. The former is a silly honky-tonkish pop hit containing funny nonsense lyrics, while the latter is a funk-inspired strong heavy prog with homesick theme.

"Pristao sam biću sve sto hoće" (I Consent to Become Whatever They Want) and "Sta je tu je" (Take It As Is) come from the 1979 single and both songs appeared as soundtrack for the largely unnoticed film "Lične stvari" (Personal Affairs). They are both very good rock songs, and this version of the former (with female back vocals) is far better than the one included in "Dozivjeti stotu" album.

The remainder of this compilation consists of the tracks taken from previous studio albums. The mentioned 4 tracks are not really enough to justify purchase of this collection, unless you are a DUGME completist.

PERSONAL RATING: 3/5

P.A. RATING: 2/5

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