Elán (band)

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Elán
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Elán in New York, 2007
Background information
Origin Bratislava, Slovakia
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1969 (1969)–present
Website www.elan.cz
Members Jožo Ráž
Ján Baláž
Vašo Patejdl
Peter Farnbauer
Ľubo Horňák
Boris Brna
Past members Juraj Farkaš, Zdeno Baláž, Fero Turák; Martin Karvaš, Gabo Szabó, Juraj Kuchárek, Henry Tóth

Elán is a Slovak pop-rock band, founded in 1969 by Jožo Ráž, Juraj Farkaš, Vašo Patejdl and Ján Baláž. It became one of the most popular Czechoslovak bands during the 1980s. In 1993, the group represented Slovakia in the preliminary round of the Eurovision Song Contest but having finished in fourth place, failed to qualify for the finals in Ireland. Elán's status in the 2000s is that of Slovakia's most successful pop group of all time; it may be the only Slovak music act consistently capable of selling out stadiums for their live performances. The biggest such concert took place in Prague, Czech Republic, in September 2003, in front of an audience of 90 thousand fans. They performed at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic as part of the championships' entertainment festivities.[1]

Band members[edit]

1969 – 1980
Various line-ups around Jožo Ráž, Juraj Farkaš and Vašo Patejdl

1980 – 1985
Jožo Ráž – bass, lead vocals, vocals (in some songs)
Jano Baláž – guitars, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Vašo Patejdl – keyboards, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Juraj Farkaš – solo guitar, vocals
Zdeno Baláž – drums

1985 – 1989
Jožo Ráž – bass, lead vocals, vocals (in some songs)
Jano Baláž – guitars, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Martin Karvaš – keyboards, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Gabo Szabó – drums

1991 – 1996
Jožo Ráž – bass, lead vocals, vocals (in some songs)
Jano Baláž – guitars, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Peter Farnbauer – guitars, keyboards, saxophone, vocals
Ľubo Horňák – keyboards, vocals
Juraj Kuchárek – drums

1996 – 2003
Jožo Ráž – bass, lead vocals, vocals (in some songs)
Jano Baláž – guitars, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Vašo Patejdl - keyboards, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Peter Farnbauer – guitars
Ľubo Horňák – keyboards, vocals
Juraj Kuchárek - drums

2003 – 2008
Jožo Ráž – bass, lead vocals, vocals (in some songs)
Jano Baláž – guitars, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Vašo Patejdl - keyboards, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Peter Farnbauer – guitars
Ľubo Horňák – keyboards, vocals
Henry Tóth - guitars
Juraj Kuchárek - drums

2008 – 2014
Jožo Ráž – bass, lead vocals, vocals (in some songs)
Jano Baláž – guitars, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Vašo Patejdl - keyboards, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Peter Farnbauer – guitars
Ľubo Horňák – keyboards, vocals
Henry Tóth - guitars
Boris Brna - drums

2014 – present
Jožo Ráž – bass, lead vocals, vocals (in some songs)
Jano Baláž – guitars, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Vašo Patejdl - keyboards, lead vocals (in some songs), vocals
Peter Farnbauer – guitars
Ľubo Horňák – keyboards, vocals
Boris Brna - drums

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums:

  • 1981 - Ôsmy svetadiel (The Eighth Continent)
  • 1982 - Nie Sme zlí (We are not bad)
  • 1983 - Elán 3
  • 1985 - Hodina slovenčiny (Lesson of Slovak)
  • 1986 - Detektívka (Whodunit)
  • 1988 - Nebezpečný náklad (The Dangerous Burden)
  • 1989 - Rabaka
  • 1991 - Netvor z čiernej hviezdy Q7A (The Beast from Black Star Q7A)
  • 1994 - Hodina angličtiny (Lesson of English)
  • 1997 - Hodina pravdy (Hour of truth)
  • 2002 - Elán 3000
  • 2003 - Tretie oko (Third Eye)
  • 2010 - Anjelska daň (Angel's tax)


English Studio Albums:

  • 1982 - Kamikadze lover
  • 1984 - Nightshift
  • 1985 - Schoolparty
  • 1987 - Missing
  • 1989 - Midnight in the city


Live Albums:

  • 1998 - Elán Unplugged (2 CD)
  • 2004 - Elán: Megakoncert
  • 2007 - Unplugged Carnegie Hall NY
  • 2013 - Elán v divadle


Compilations:

  • 1987 - Neviem byť sám (I don't know how to be alone)
  • 1992 - Legenda 1 (Legend 1)
  • 1992 - Legenda 2 (Legend 2)
  • 1995 - Hodina nehy (Lesson of tenderness)
  • 1997 - Classic
  • 1997 - Legenda 3 (Legend 3)
  • 1998 - Legenda 4 (Legend 4)
  • 1999 - Jožo... (2 CD) (Joseph)
  • 2000 - Láska je stvorená (Love is created)
  • 2000 - Legenda 5 – Posledná... (Legend 5 – The Last...)
  • 2001 - Neviem byť sám 2001: roky a rock (I don't know how to be alone)
  • 2001 - Otázniky/Všetko čo máš (Questionmarks/All You Have)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIS Newsflash 215. January 21, 2009.