Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello

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Hometown: New York City, NY (USA)


Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999 and known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring.

Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music. The band incorporates minor–key accordion and violin (and on some albums, saxophone) mixed with punk and dub.

The band has appeared in a number of independent films, most notably in 2005's Everything Is Illuminated in which the lead singer, Eugene Hütz, co–starred with Elijah Wood in a dramedy and adventure story about the Nazi purges in Ukraine. The entire group was present for one shot in which they played a brass band in a set that included the Star Spangled Banner. They also played the traditional Yiddish tune Bublitschki (little bagels). Gogol Bordello contributed the song "Start Wearing Purple" to the film's score.

"Gogol" comes from the name Nikolai Gogol. As one of the most influential writers in Ukrainian and Russian literature, Gogol paved the way for the likes of Kafka and Dostoyevsky. He also serves as an ideological influence for the band because he "smuggled" Ukrainian culture into Russian society, which Gogol Bordello intends to do with Gypsy/ East–European music in the English–speaking world. "Bordello", in Italian, refers to a brothel or a "gentleman's club". The band was originally titled Hütz and the Béla Bartóks, but Eugene Hütz says that they decided to change the name because "nobody knows who the hell Béla Bartók is in the United States". The band played their first show as the unofficial band at an after–hours club called Pizdetz where they became the house band and DJ Hütz became the house DJ.

Gogol Bordello's first single was released in 1999, and since then they have released five full–length albums, and one EP. In 2005 the band signed to punk label SideOneDummy Records. On 27 April 2010 Gogol Bordello made its major record label debut with Transcontinental Hustle on Rick Rubin's American Recordings, a subsidiary of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment. Many of the songs on Transcontinental Hustle were inspired by Hütz's move to Brazil. .


Gogol Bordello Trans-Continental Hustle

Gogol Bordello

Trans-Continental Hustle (2010)


Gogol Bordello Live from Axis Mundi [CD/DVD]

Gogol Bordello

Live from Axis Mundi [CD/DVD] (2009)


Gogol Bordello Super Taranta!

Gogol Bordello

Super Taranta! (2007)


Gogol Bordello Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike

Gogol Bordello

Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (2005)


Gogol Bordello Multi Kontra Culti Vs. Irony

Gogol Bordello

Multi Kontra Culti Vs. Irony (2004)


Gogol Bordello Voi-La Intruder

Gogol Bordello

Voi-La Intruder (1999)


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