Bijelo Dugme (album)

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Bijelo Dugme
Studio album by Bijelo Dugme
Released December 1984
Recorded Studio I, RTV Sarajevo
Studio IV, RTV Zagreb
Studio RTV Skopje
Studio Akvarijus, Belgrade
Genre Rock
Pop rock
Folk rock
Length 39:07
Label Diskoton, Kamarad
Producer Goran Bregović
Bijelo Dugme chronology
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Bijelo Dugme is the seventh studio album by Yugoslav rock band Bijelo Dugme. Due to Bijelo Dugme's usage of Uroš Predić's famous painting Kosovo Maiden for the album cover, the album is unofficially known as Kosovka djevojka (trans. Kosovo Maiden).

Bijelo Dugme is the band's only album recorded with vocalist Mladen Vojičić "Tifa", who came to the band as the replacement for Željko Bebek. The album is also notable for featuring the band's former member Laza Ristovski, who, after the album was released, became an official member of the band once again.

Bijelo Dugme was polled in 1998 as the 28th on the list of 100 greatest Yugoslav rock and pop albums in the book YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike (YU 100: The Best Albums of Yugoslav Pop and Rock Music).[1]

Background and recording[edit]

Kosovo Maiden by Uroš Predić, used on the cover.

Vocalist Željko Bebek left Bijelo Dugme in April 1984, deciding to dedicate himself to his solo career, and the band's new vocalist became a former Top and Teška Industrija member Mladen Vojičić Tifa.[2] The band spent the summer of 1984 in Stojčevac near Sarajevo (a former Olympic casino), where they practiced for the upcoming album recording under supervision of first Bijelo Dugme producer Nikola Borota.

The album was recorded in Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb and Belgrade.[3] It featured Radio Television of Skopje Folk Instruments Orchestra, folk group Ladarice on backing vocals, Pece Atanasovski on gaida and Sonja Beran-Leskovšek on harp.[3] The song "Pediculis pubis" (misspelling of "Pediculosis pubis") featured Bora Đorđević, the leader of Bijelo Dugme's main competitors at the time, Riblja Čorba, on vocals.[3] Đorđević co-wrote the song with Bijelo Dugme leader Goran Bregović, and sung it with Bregović and Vojičić. (Bregović would, in return, make a guest appearance on Riblja Čorba 1985 album Istina, singing with Đorđević in the song "Disko mišić".[4])

The album featured a version of Yugoslav national anthem, "Hej, Slaveni", as the opening track.[3] It also features a cover of "Šta ću nano dragi mi je ljut" ("What Can I Do, Mom, My Darling Is Angry"), written by Bregović and originally recorded by Bisera Veletanlić, Bijelo Dugme version entitled "Lipe cvatu, sve je isto k'o i lani" ("Linden Trees Are in Bloom, Everything's just like It Used to Be").[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Hej, Slaveni" ("Hey, Slavs") S. Tomášik (translated by D. Rakovac) S. Tomášik 1:30
2. "Padaju zvijezde" ("The Stars Are Falling") G. Bregović G. Bregović 4:40
3. "Meni se ne spava" ("I Don't Feel like Sleeping") G. Bregović, M. Žuborski G. Bregović  
4. "Za Esmu" ("For Esma") G. Bregović G. Bregović 4:15
5. "Jer, kad ostariš" ("Because, When You Grow Old") G. Bregović G. Bregović 3:40
6. "Lipe cvatu, sve je isto k'o i lani" ("Linden Trees Are in Bloom, Everything's just like It Used to Be") G. Bregović G. Bregović 4:00
7. "Pediculis pubis" (misspelling of "Pediculosis pubis") B. Đorđević, G. Bregović G. Bregović 4:25
8. "Aiaio Radi Radio" ("Aiaio the Radio Is On") G. Bregović G. Bregović 2:53
9. "Lažeš" ("You're Lying") G. Bregović G. Bregović 3:47
10. "Da te bogdo ne volim" ("If I Could Only Not Love You") G. Bregović G. Bregović 5:18


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Ladarice - backing vocals
  • Bora Đorđević - vocals (track 7)
  • Laza Ristovski - keyboards, computer programming
  • Pece Atanasovski - gaida (track 6)
  • Sonja Beran-Leskovšek - harp (track 10)
  • Radio Television of Skopje Folk Instruments Orchestra (track 6)
  • Mufid Kosović - engineer
  • Mladen Škalec - recorded by [Ladarice]
  • Milka Gerasimova - recorded by [Radio Television of Skopje Folk Instruments Orchestra]
  • Ratko Ostojić - recorded by [computer] (track 3)


The album was well received by the audinece. "Lipe cvatu, sve je isto k'o i lani" was the album's biggest hit.[2] Other hits included "Padaju zvijezde", "Lažeš", "Da te bogdo ne volim" and "Jer kad ostariš".[2] A large part of the critics, however, disliked the album.[5]

The album sale and the tour were very successful.[2] Vojičić, however, under pressure of professional obligations, sudden fame and media scandal in which it was discovered that he uses LSD, decided to leave the band.[2] He performed with Bijelo Dugme for the last time on a concert in Moscow.[2]

Influence and legacy[edit]

Bijelo Dugme's folk-oriented pop rock sound, alongside the idea of Yugoslavism, present on the album via cover of "Hej, Sloveni", influenced a great number of pop rock bands from Sarajevo, like Merlin, Plavi Orkestar, Crvena Jabuka, Valentino and Hari Mata Hari, often labeled as New Partisans.[2]

The album was polled in 1998 as the 28th on the list of 100 greatest Yugoslav rock and pop albums in the book YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike (YU 100: The Best Albums of Yugoslav Pop and Rock Music).[1]

In 2000, "Lipe cvatu" and "Za Esmu" were polled as 10th and 78th respectively on the Rock Express Top 100 Yugoslav Rock Songs of All Times list.[6] In 2011, "Meni se ne spava" ("I Don't Feel like Sleeping") was voted, by the listeners of Radio 202, one of 60 greatest songs released by PGP-RTB/PGP-RTS during the sixty years of the label's existence.[7]

In 2007, Serbian critic Dimitrije Vojnov named Bijelo Dugme one of ten most important records in the history of Yugoslav rock. Vojnov wrote:


  • Serbian and Yugoslav folk singer Zorica Brunclik recorded a cover of "Lipe cvatu, sve je isto k'o i lani" on her 1993 album Branili su našu ljubav (They Were against Our Love).[9]
  • Bosnian turbo folk singer Igor Vukojević recorded a cover of "Lažeš" on his 2003 album Ringišpil (Carousel).[10]
  • Serbian ensemble Ekrem Sajdić Trumpet Orchestra recorded an instrumental cover of "Lipe cvatu, sve je isto k'o i lani" on 2004 various artists album Kad jeknu dragačevske trube 2 (When the Trumpets of Dragačevo Start Playing 2).[11]
  • Serbian turbo folk singer Saša Matić recorded a cover of "Lipe cvatu" on his 2010 album Nezaboravne... (Unforgettable...).[12]


  1. ^ a b Antonić, Duško; Štrbac, Danilo (1998). YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike. Belgrade: YU Rock Press. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Janjatović, Petar (2007). EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006. Belgrade: self-released. p. 34. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bijelo Dugme at Disogs
  4. ^ Istina at Discogs
  5. ^ Krstulović, Zvonimir (2005). Bijelo Dugme: Doživjeti stotu. Profil. p. 42. 
  6. ^ "100 najboljih pesama svih vremena YU rocka". Rock Express (in Serbian) (Belgrade: Rock Express) (25). 
  7. ^ 60 хитова емисије ПГП на 202!,
  8. ^ "10 najvažnijih SFRJ ploča", Dimitrije Vojnov,
  9. ^ Branili su našu ljubav at Discogs
  10. ^ Ringišpil at Discogs
  11. ^ Kad jeknu dragačevske trube 2 at Discogs
  12. ^ Nezaboravne at Discogs

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