|Origin||Skopje, Republic of Macedonia|
Royal Albert Hall
|Past members||Vladimir Petrovski-Karter (guitar, vocals)
Zoran Janković - Bajo (bass guitar)
Dean Škartov-Deko (keyboards)
Vladimir Dimovski (drums)
Melita Stefanovska (backing vocals)
Aleksandar Makedonski was formed in 1986 in Skopje, then Socialist Republic of Macedonia as an offshoot of the prominent punk rock group Badmingtons, and it included the frontman Vladimir Petrovski - Karter (guitar, vocals), Dejan Škartov-Deko (keyboards), Zoran Janković - Bajo (bass guitar), Vladimir Dimovski (drums) and the female singer Melita Stefanovska (backing vocals). Unlike Badmingtons, who were a punk band, Aleksandar Makedonski was initially a more pop-rock oriented act.
Aleksandar Makedonski recorded several songs for the national Macedonian Radio-Television music production and soon became popular across the country. The group released its debut album Za heroje i princeze in 1988 for Jugodisk record label in 1988. Unlike their previous material, the album was in Serbo-Croatian, because it was the most widespread language in the multilingual former Yugoslav market.
In 1990, they appeared on the compilation tape Demoskop 1, released by Mladinski Radio Klub 100, with the tracks "Mi se igra..." and "Sekjavanja".
The line-up soon changed. Melita Stefanovska left and joined the all-female alternative rock band Royal Albert Hall (who appeared on Demoskop 1 alongside her former band), while Dimovski joined the psychedelic rock group Kleržo (who also appeared on Demoskop 1) together with Škartov, who later moved to Italy in 1991. Karter continued to work with a new bass player Mite Brljamov, but with a different musical style. In 1991, they recorded songs for their planned second album at the studio of Nikola Kokan Dimuševski of Leb i sol. The material was recorded by Vladimir Petrovski - Karter (guitars, vocals); Igor Atanasoski - Hare (guitars); Vlasto 'Lucky' Janevik (bass); Mihajlo Kostadinovski - Miki (drums). The session was never released, however the track "Voz", a duet with Goran Tanevski of Mizar, was leaked in 2013 and released on the Macedonian Document - Step 4 compilation.
After a long pause, they recorded new material throughout 1995, which was finally released as Aleksandar Makedonski's second album Moeto carstvo for the Makoton label in 1996. All three original members of Badmingtons are on Moeto carstvo along with bassist Zoran Jankovic - Bajo, giving the album a style reminiscent of Badmingtons, Alanis Morissette and 1950s rock and roll. They also appeared on the Macedonian Document - Step 2 compilation with the song "Ako bide se vo red", which would later be reworked and released on Moeto carstvo as "Ako mi dadesh".
The group finally disbanded, and Karter switched to studio and film work. Later he formed a new group called Opstrukcija which released an album in 1999. In 2007 he reformed Badmingtons. A CD single of "Ako mi dadesh" was put out, though the song was credited to Badmingtons (and credited to Opstrukcija in the film itself).
- Janjatović, Petar: Ilustrovana Enciklopedija YU Rocka 1960-1997, page: 13, publisher: Geopoetika, 1997 (Serbian)
- Interview with Karter - Forum Magazine (Macedonian)
- Macedonian Music Network (Macedonian)
- Dragan Pavlov and Dejan Šunjka: Punk u Jugoslaviji (Punk in Yugoslavia), publisher: IGP Dedalus, 1990. (Serbian) (Croatian) (Slovene)