Das ist Walter

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Das ist Walter
Studio album by Zabranjeno Pušenje
Released 10 April 1984
Recorded Studio 17, Sarajevo, November 1983 - March 1984
Genre Rock
Garage Rock
Rock and roll
Punk rock
Label Jugoton
Producer Mahmud Paša Ferović
Zabranjeno Pušenje chronology
Das ist Walter
(1984)
Dok čekaš sabah sa šejtanom
(1985)

Das ist Walter (German for That is Walter) is debut studio album by Yugoslav band Zabranjeno Pušenje released in April 1984. The album title is the closing line from the 1972 partisan film Valter brani Sarajevo and it refers to the city of Sarajevo. The first track is the theme from the film.

The album recording began in November 1983 in studio 17 that was located in record producer Mahmud Paša Ferović's house.

Released by Jugoton, the record was out in limited circulation of 3,000 copies, indicative of the label's modest expectations, however, it started selling surprisingly well, eventually crossing the mark of 100,000 copies sold. It also received plenty of accolades, including making the list of top 100 albums in the history of pop and rock music in Yugoslavia published in the 1998 book YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike. Das ist Walter is listed in the 87th place.

Recording[edit]

After gigging locally in their hometown Sarajevo during 1982 and 1983 in university student clubs such as Kuk, Trasa, and CEDUS, Zabranjeno Pušenje was ready to take the next step — releasing a studio album. Consisting of seven energetic youngsters in their early 20s, itching to increase their profile on the scene, they recorded demos for some dozen tracks during spring 1983 in a studio in Kiseljak. The lineup that recorded the demos was — frontman and vocalist Dr. Nele Karajlić, rhythm guitar player and main songwriter Sejo Sexon, lead guitarist Mujo Snažni, bassist Samir "Ćera I" Ćeramida, drummer Zenit "FuDo" Đozić, keyboards player Seid Mali Karajlić, and saxophonist Ogi Gajić.

At one of their gigs in Sarajevo's Trasa club sometime during summer 1983, the Zabranjeno Pušenje youngsters were seen by 33-year-old Milić Vukašinović, established musician from Sarajevo at the time fronting his band Vatreni Poljubac having already experienced a measure of fame as former drummer of Bijelo Dugme during the 1970s. They also gave him their demo tapes at the gig. Liking what he saw and heard, Vukašinović put them in touch with his friend and former Čičak bandmate from the late 1960s, Mahmut "Paša" Ferović, who now owned a modest recording studio located in his own house where he worked as producer.

Going into the studio to record the album, Zabranjeno Pušenje made some personnel changes compared to the lineup that recorded the demos six months earlier. The band got a new rhythm section with Munja Mitić and Šeki Gayton becoming new bassist and drummer, respectively. Produced by Ferović himself, the recording sessions began in November 1983 and took almost 7 months to complete due to various extenuating circumstances. Karajlić said the following about the recording sessions:

The band's rhythm guitarist and main lyrics writer Sejo Sexon remembers the recording sessions as follows:

Midway through the recording session, the young band got a hold of Raka Marić, Bijelo Dugme's manager, who helped them find a record label that would release the material. He first offered it to PGP RTB, but after they refused it, Marić contacted Jugoton's creative director Siniša Škarica who accepted it.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Sejo Sexon, all music composed by Dr. Nele Karajlić, except were noted. Arranged by Zabranjeno Pušenje.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Uvod (Tema iz filma "Valter brani Sarajevo")" (Music by Bojan Adamič) 1:30
2. "Anarhija All Over Baščaršija"   1:42
3. "Abid"   3:40
4. "Put u središte rudnika Kreka Banovići"   2:07
5. "Selena, vrati se, Selena"   4:03
6. "Neću da budem Švabo u dotiranom filmu" (Lyrics by Zoran Degan) 2:30
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Šeki Iz on the Road Again"   3:35
2. "Kino "Prvi Maj""   4:09
3. "Pamtim to kao da je bilo danas"   2:07
4. "Zenica Blues"   2:27
5. "Čejeni odlaze..."   4:13

Personnel[edit]

Rerelease[edit]

The album was re-released in 1999 by Nimfa Sound label from Sarajevo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glavni tok;TV Pink, 1990s
  2. ^ Sarajlija ima posvuda, pa čak i u Sarajevu;BH Dani, 3 November 2006
  3. ^ Sarajlija ima posvuda, pa čak i u Sarajevu;BH Dani, 3 November 2006

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