Azra

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Azra
Band Azra.jpg
Azra promotional photo.
Left to right: Hrnjak, Štulić, Leiner.
Background information
Origin Zagreb, Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia)
Genres Rock, new wave, alternative rock
Years active 1977–1990
Labels /c/ Azra Music
Past members Branimir Štulić
Boris Leiner
Jura Stublić
Jurica Pađen
Mišo Hrnjak
Paolo Sfeci
Stephen Kipp [1]

Azra was a rock band from Zagreb (Croatia) that was popular across Yugoslavia in the 1980s. Azra was formed in 1977 by its frontman Branimir "Johnny" Štulić. The other two members of the original line-up were Mišo Hrnjak (bass) and Boris Leiner (drums). The band is named after a verse [2] from "Der Asra" by Heinrich Heine. They are considered to be one of the most influential bands from the former Yugoslav new wave rock era and the Yugoslav Rock scene in general.

They released their first single in 1979 with songs "Balkan" and "A šta da radim". The first album named Azra was published in 1980 and achieved commercial success and popularized Azra in former Yugoslavia. Azra recorded its last studio album Između krajnosti (Between the Extremes) in 1987. In 1988 the band recorded 4LP live album under the name Zadovoljština (Satisfaction), after which Štulić disbanded the band. Štulić recorded three more solo albums since moving to Netherlands, where he currently lives in seclusion. A 2003 rock documentary, Sretno dijete depicts Azra as the locus of the rock scene in the former Yugoslavia during the 1980s, along with Bijelo dugme. Even today, Azra remains very popular among youth in the countries of former Yugoslavia.

In 1998, the music critics compiled a list of 100 best albums of Yugoslav pop and rock music. Five Azra albums were included, three of them in top 10. On the Radio B92's list of 100 greatest songs of former Yugoslavia, four Azra songs were included, all of them in top 20.

Members[edit]

  • Branimir "Johnny" Štulić - vocals, guitar
  • Branko Matun - bass (1977)
  • Paolo Sfeci - drums (1977)
  • Mladen Jurčić - guitar (1977–1978)
  • Branko Hromatko - drums (1977–1978)
  • Marino Pelajić - bass (1977–1978)
  • Jura Stublić - vocals (1978)
  • Boris Leiner (ex Kanibali) - drums, vocals (from 1979)
  • Mišo Hrnjak - bass (1979–1987)
  • Jurica Pađen - guitars (1983–1984, from 1987)
  • Stephen Kipp - bass (from 1987) [1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Ravno do dna (Jugoton, 1982)
  • Zadovoljština (Jugoton, 1988)

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Balkan" (The Balkans) / "A šta da radim" (What Am I Going To Do?) - (Jugoton 1979)
  • "Lijepe žene prolaze kroz grad" (Pretty Women Passing Through Town), "Poziv na ples" (An Invitation to Dance) / "Suzy F".- (Jugoton, 1980)
  • "Džoni, budi dobar" (Johnny Be Good) / "Teško vrijeme" (Hard Time) - (Jugoton 1982)
  • "E, pa što" (So What) / "Sloboda" (Freedom) / "Gluperde lutaju daleko" (Jerks Wander Far) - (Jugoton 1982)
  • "Nemir i strast" (Restlessness and Passion) / "Doviđenja na Vlaškom drumu" (Farewell on the Valachian Road) - (Jugoton 1983)
  • Klinček stoji pod oblokom (A Carnation Grows Under The Window ) /Flash (Jugoton 1983.) sa albuma "Krivo srastanje"
  • Mon Ami/ Duboko u tebi (My Love/Deep Inside You) (Jugoton 1984.) sa albuma "Krivo srastanje"
  • "The Balkans" / "Pretty Women Passing Through Town" / "Vondel Park" (Marginal Face Production 1985)

Videography[edit]

  • Zadovoljština (Zagreb, Live Concert, 1988)
  • Klincek stoji pod oblokom (Video compilation, 1990)
  • Das Ist Johnny (Sarajevo, Live Film, 1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Azra on Discogs
  2. ^ "Und der Sklave sprach: “Ich heiße Mohamet, ich bin aus Yemen, Und mein Stamm sind jene Asra, Welche sterben, wenn sie lieben.”" (trans. "My name is El Muhamed/From the tribe of the old Azras/who die for love/And die when they kiss!")

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