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SARLO AKROBATA

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SARLO AKROBATA was born in the ashes of hard rock band LIMUNOVO DRVO in 1980, with Milan Mladenović (vocals, guitar), Dusan "Koja" Kojić
(vocals, bass) and Ivica "Vd" Vdovic (drums). Their recorder their first four songs in 1980, they appeared on "Paket Aranzman" ("Package Deal") sampler in 1981, however they are not much of an interest for a prog rock fan. After a second prize on Subotica Youth Fest and performance on Zagreb Bienalle, they recorded their only album, "Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad..." ("Smarter Or Dumber Man Is When...") in April 1981, a milestone of Yugoslav rock that was combining raw, punkish energy with dissonant, avantgarde moments, and very daring approach both to the playing and recording (most notably drums).

The band disbanded in the winter after a tour in Poland. Milan Mladenovic started a successful and prolific group EKATARINA VELIKA, and Dusan Kojic started DISCIPLINA KICME (later DISCIPLIN A KITSCHME), an interesting group with progressive approach and furious bass playing.

They disbanded because of different views on how to continue their musical expression; however a more romanticized (but not inaccurate) version tells that they simply sacrificed their own band. The story says that Koja experienced some sort of a nervous breakdown after their performance on Zagreb Bienalle, after seeing THE GANG OF FOUR performance, repeating "I don't want to play bass anymore". Similar, more or less bizarre stories always surrounded this bizarre, but straight-in-your-face honest band.

They were always observed (and praised) through the prism of post punk/new wave, which they certainly deserve because they were part of that movement. Today, we can take a broader look at the band from the prog rock
perspective: their innovation and elements of art rock/avant rock and
psychedelia are undeniable. Vd was educated and skillful jazz drummer, they were influenced by jazz (mostly notably Miles Davis), Zappa, BULDOZER, punk & new wave (most notably PublicImage Limited) and Jimi Hendrix (which is still obvious in Koja's bass playing in DISCIPLINA KITSCHME).

SARLO AKROBATA is holding a cult status nowadays. Both Vdovic and Mladenovic died (in 1992 and 1994 respectively), remaining faithful to the music unt...
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4.34 | 17 ratings
Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad...
1981

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3.91 | 3 ratings
Ona Se Budi
1981

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 Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad... by SARLO AKROBATA album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.34 | 17 ratings

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Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad...
Sarlo Akrobata RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Belgrade-based SARLO AKROBATA (according to some sources, this name "Charles the Acrobat" was used in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia of the 1930s as a popular nickname for Charlie Chaplin) definitely deserves the status of a "cult" group of the former Yugoslav rock scene. Borne out of the post-punk musical and art revolution in the early 1980s and riding briefly on the ska-revival tide that helped them score several popular hits like "Ona se budi" and "Niko kao ja" topping the charts, they pursued more experimental direction on their one and only LP record.

"Brighter Or Dumber A Man Gets When?" (as the title of the album would roughly translate in English) did not meet initial success upon its release in summer 1981. It was too uncompromising, too non-commercial and it lacked strong hits that would attract general audience. Due to unbearable artistic differences between two main songwriters, Milan Mladenovic and Dusan Kojic "Koja", the band collapsed shortly after the release of this album, paving the way to the creation of two of the most creatively and commercially relevant bands that came from the so-called Belgrade Alternative Scene in the 1980s, DISCIPLINA KICME (later known under English spelling DISCIPLIN A KITSCHME) and EKATARINA VELIKA (ex-KATARINA II). "Bistriji ili tuplji?" thus became a staple for frequent re-discovery or review in the years to come, with every new generation of rock listeners in all post-Yugoslav societies finding something new, refreshing or inspiring in its grooves.

The album is not a flawless perfection, however. The production at times sounds sloppy and uneven (if you do not consider it as an element of a "deconstructive" avant-garde approach or simply a "punk" method) while several tracks are seemingly dumped into the track list only to fill the space. On the other hand, the record is filled with extremely powerful rock statements of intent.

The opening instrumental waltz-like 2/3 time signature "Sarlo je nezan" ("Charlie Is Gentle") builds upon the STRANGLERS' "Waltzinblack", introducing an original and abrasive bass playing by Koja he would pursue more methodically with his later DISCIPLINA KICME projects. The two-part composition "Pazite na decu" ("Take Care of Children") is connected with the album title and the inner sleeve design. The lyrics and graphic themes were taken from the 1879 book "Narodni ucitelj" ("The People's Teacher") by Vaso Pelagic, the 19th century writer, physician, cleric and politician, containing among other things tips and advices on how to treat different illnesses or how to take care of children, which at that time was a pioneering work of enlightenment amongst the poor and illiterate South-Slav population. Musically, these are cacophonous jam sessions where the band members exchange their instruments and with the help of several associates created an experimental maze of different sounds. Shortly before the recording sessions for this album, SARLO AKROBATA played live as a support to GANG OF FOUR and CLASSIX NOUVEAUX gigs in Zagreb, wherefrom they were allegedly influenced by the brutal rhythm attacks and chainsaw guitar bursts of the Andy Gill's company.

Perhaps the most controversial and the strongest moment of entire album came with the 7-minute "Ljubavna prica" ("Love Story"). According to Koja's interviews, this track was the reason why the executives of the Belgrade's PGP RTB record label dumped the band, which was later embraced by Jugoton in Zagreb. The story of a Yugoslav everyman being "in love" with his "Stojadin" car (brand name "Zastava 101") so that he diligently devotes his time to thoroughly wash it with a cloth dipped in tepid water with detergent was accompanied with amazing free-form music recorded from one take in studio, where Mladenovic demonstrates his guitar skills playing a sort of KING CRIMSON-like chord progression. A sheer brilliance of unconventional play and a middle finger showed to the pop-establishment, who expected more radio-friendly hits but got this in turn!

"O, o, o" and "Problem" present excellent attempts to do ska and reggae in a way little more creative than the numerous instant pop hits flooding the Yugoslav scene at that time. The latter track even contains interesting dub technique experiments that were probably among the first ones in the flourishing Yugoslav New Wave movement of 1981. Ivan Vdovic's drumming is breath-taking, showing also his jazz-inclined percussionist style.

"Sad se jasno vidi" ("Now It's Clearly Seen") and "Ja zelim jako" ("I Want Strongly") demonstrated Koja's minimalist graffiti-like lyrics with powerful statements that he would perfect with later DISCIPLINA KICME works.

I must admit I was never a fan of this album. It is difficult to listen and it requires more patience than I probably had in the past. But now in retrospect, it would be unjust to give anything less than 4 stars - extremely strong and brilliant 4 stars! "Take Care of Children, the Children Are Taking Care of You!"

PERSONAL RATING: 4,25/5

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 Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad... by SARLO AKROBATA album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.34 | 17 ratings

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Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad...
Sarlo Akrobata RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Thanks Moris for informative review and other help you've provided. My rough estimate of title would be something like: "Clever & Stupid man is xxxx (something)", which should be more or less correct, even I haven't consulted the title with any native speaker.

My review will be just short summary of thoughts that are connected with this band, album etc so here we go:

First we should start with the fact that this is basically Punk. But it's just basis, there are other important things and even band that is generally considered as Punk can be masterpiece of Prog music as Moris just described in his review that is few hundreds pixels upwards than mine.

Psychedelia and Arty elements and I dare to say that there are Avant psychedelic elements too, like in similar band from Czech Republic I'm trying to suggest these weeks - KNS. Actually, these two bands have a lot in common.

OK, let's get back to this record: Weird atmosphere, dissonant sounds at times (but exactly the kind of mild dissonance that I love so much because of various reasons - mostly because it reminds me similar atmosphere of bands from Czech Republic), but managing to be interesting from beginning to the end.

Is Moris rating so well because it's band from "his country", or because he knows it so well (because he is from "this country") ? My opinion is that because when I for example review something from Czech Republic, I'm prone to rate high because I know it usually for a long time and also I understand these little elements and signs that foreigner cannot understand. So I believe it's completely OK to rate higher if you know it better.

Take for example the longest track here Ljubavna Prica - for some it can be just bunch of weird, dissonant, ugly and unpleasant sounds, but I see masterpiece in it.

Later on we get more of Avant-garde element (nothing Hardcore though, which is who knows, maybe better, maybe not).

4(+), but almost tempted to give the same rating. Maybe in future, this album is really great.

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 Ona Se Budi by SARLO AKROBATA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1981
3.91 | 3 ratings

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Ona Se Budi
Sarlo Akrobata RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars This single-size album consisting of two songs that, even not necessarily great are good enough to provide pleasure listen. I have to thank to Moris for informing me about this band which is, even enjoying cult status in former Yugoslavian countries, quite unknown in other parts of the world, even in Czech Republic where I come from (and my country is very close to what consisted Jugo?ku back then, both geographically and culturally).

These songs are nothing like Hardcore RIO/Avant. Both songs has strong bass line and something what I would dare to call "characteristic sound" of theirs. Ona se budi and Mali člověk ("She's waking up" & "Little man" - you see ? This language is so close that I can understand most of the words, even it's not so close as Slovak language, this for sure helps) both songs follows similar pattern even second one is more Prog interesting.

It's short, very short. But even I would like to have more of this music, I should consider it is just single format, so different rules than those of "normal" 40+- minutes albums should be applied.

4(-), most likely.

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 Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad... by SARLO AKROBATA album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.34 | 17 ratings

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Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad...
Sarlo Akrobata RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by clarke2001
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars The best album of Yugoslavian rock?

I have to be honest: I tried to start writing review for this album at least ten times, every time wondering where to start, what to say and finally giving up and logging out. I wanted to do dedicate my 200th review to this oddity, but I didn't had enough strength, and I've made a weak review of a weak album instead.

I'm still not sure where to start. First of all, a word of warning. This is not for the faint-hearted. This is not for prog snobs. This is a punk record.

A damn good punk record. It's full of furious guitar riffs, raw bass sound, and wild shouting. Lyrics are either nonsensical, randonmly recited from the book, either rebelious - a true example of a punk angst, either minimalistic (like two or three versers through entire song) representing an auditive graffiti painting.

Punk, punk, post-punk, new wave, and some more punk. In literature, in reviews, on internet, in every possible source you will find SARLO AKROBATA mentioned in a punk context. Which is fine because they were a punk band indeed, with the authentic zeitgeist.

So where's prog?!?

Progressive approach is omnipresent. You can find in various sources phrases like arty attitude or elements of psychedelia, and that's true, but it's much more than that. This is not some more sophisticated moment in the career of XTC or intelligent approach of THE STRANGLERS. This is a record full of studio tricks that are de-constructing a classical approach to the songwriting, gradually(or abruptly) adding/subtracting instrumental layers in the songs, repeating simple one-two-three-four chorus ad nauseam, making at mantra at first, and then deconstructing it by simply adding polyrhytmical pattern on bass (and dissonant too), while drums get heavily processed with an echo effect (which paved the way for very popular genre in Belgrade startted in 80s, called dub, a sort of electronic reggae - but that's another story). There's much more: a tune where drums sound like they were performed on a snare with a broken skin, or on a concrete wall's wireframe, constantly shifting between two eight notes and triplets, with furious and nonsensical guitar solo. Or a moment where all the band members shifted their roles, and grabbed a different instrument while reciting some random sentences from the old medicine man's handbook. Lyrics are worth mentioning too, but if you don't know the language you will not be able to experience the magnificient shout I'm a typewriter!!, surrounded by the bass and percussion stampedo. Or the moment of total avantgarde where everyone is shouting Give me a cloth to wash our car while musical background being more than bizarre. Utilising major 7ths and diminshed chords. Those punks.

There's more, but I hope I described a picture enough to caought your attention. Do not be discouraged by a few pure punk rock tunes; most of them were not published on the album, only on various artists compilation called Paket Aranzman (A Package Deal). However, those tunes were always the most exposed ones (and representing a milestone in Yu-rock in a same way as London Calling did) but just get the right thing - this, one and the only, unique avant-punk album.

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4.34 | 17 ratings

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Bistriji Ili Tuplji Covek Biva Kad...
Sarlo Akrobata RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Boki

5 stars This is one of most important albums in ex-Yugoslavia music history. Energy of young people with strong music ideas of punk, prog rock, avantgarde music and earlier Yugoslav hard and jazz rock bands made some unbelievable coctail which was totally organic and authetic in its own mix. Analogue studio manipulations had some nicely bland which is like a miracle nowadays in digital era. Like every eternal album in the music history this one is more actual as times goes by. Pure energy, even you don't like weird sound! Not perfect album but true masterpiece for every music lover (in fact one of the best post punk albums i ever heard)!!! In one word, corner-stone!!!

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