Riblja Čorba

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Riblja Čorba
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Riblja Čorba performing in Portorož in 2010
Background information
Origin Belgrade, Serbia
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal,[1][2][3] blues rock
Years active 1978 – present
Labels PGP-RTB, Jugoton, Samy, WIT, Hi-Fi Centar, M Factory, City, PGP-RTS, RTV Stara Pazova, Fidbox
Associated acts Zajedno, SuncokretRani Mraz, SOS, Warriors, Pop Mašina, Dah, Opus, Rok Mašina, Siluete, Električni Orgazam, Bajaga i Instruktori, Bezobrazno Zeleno, Oliver Mandić, Babe, Indijanci, Van Gogh
Website www.riblja-corba.com
Members Bora Đorđević
Miša Aleksić
Vicko Milatović
Vidoja Božinović
Nikola Zorić
Past members Rajko Kojić
Momčilo Bajagić
Vladimir Golubović
Nikola Čuturilo
Zoran Ilić
Vladimir Barjaktarević

Riblja Čorba (Serbian Cyrillic: Рибља Чорба, pronounced [rîbʎaː t͡ʃɔ̌ːrba]; translation: Fish Stew) is a Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band from Belgrade.

Formed in 1978, the band reached their peak of popularity in the 1980s, but it declined in the 1990s, partly due to controversial political attitudes of the band's leader Bora Đorđević. Known for their provocative political- and social-related lyrics written by Đorđević, Riblja Čorba was one of the most notable acts of the former Yugoslav rock scene.

Band history[edit]

1970s: The beginning and rise to fame[edit]

The 1979—1984 Riblja Čorba lineup, from left to right: Miša Aleksić, Momčilo Bajagić, Vicko Milatović, Rajko Kojić and Bora Đorđević

Riblja Čorba was officially formed on August 15, 1978 in the kafana Šumatovac in Belgrade by Bora Đorđević (vocals, acoustic guitar, songwriter), and SOS members Miša Aleksić (bass guitar), Miroslav "Vicko" Milatović (drums) and Rajko Kojić (guitar). Đorđević was previously a member of the acoustic rock bands Zajedno and Suncokret and the pop rock band Rani Mraz. The band SOS previously released three 7" singles and recorded a studio album Prvi poziv (The First Call) which featured Đorđević on vocals as guest, however, it remained unreleased until the present day. The four intended to name the band Bora i Ratnici (Bora and the Warriors), Popokatepetl (Popocatépetl) or Riblja Čorba (Fish Stew, at the time the Belgrade slang for menstruation), but as the magazine Radio TV revija published a poster of the band with the name Riblja Čorba, the band decided to continue performing under that name.[4]

Riblja Čorba had its first concert in Elemir on September 8, 1978. In the first part of the concert Aleksić, Kojić and Milatović performed Humble Pie, ZZ Top, Johnny Winter and Deep Purple covers, and in the second part they were joined by Đorđević, with whom they performed their songs and The Rolling Stones and Joe Cocker covers.[4] In November, Radio Belgrade show Veče uz radio (Evening by the Radio) celebrated its birthday in Subotica sport hall. Riblja Čorba played only two songs but managed to win the audiences attention. They won new fans at a fund raising concert in Sarajevo and the 1978 BOOM Festival in Novi Sad. On December 22, they released their first single, "Lutka sa naslovne strane" ("Doll from the Front Cover"), a hard rock ballad about a fame-hungry model, which became an immediate hit. The song featured jazz trumpeter Stjepko Gut on piano. At the time, Đorđević decided to leave acoustic guitar and dedicate himself to singing. Soon, Riblja Čorba was joined by a rhythm guitarist, Momčilo Bajagić, on the recommendation of Kojić, who previously played with Bajagić in the band Glogov Kolac. This lineup held its first concert on January 7, 1979 in Jarkovac. On February 28 they held a long promoted concert in Belgrade's Dom omladine, which was the band's first concert in Belgrade. Minka Kamberović's ballerinas took part in the concert, and while the band performed "Lutka sa naslovne strane" Đorđević broke a fashion doll. During that concert Riblja Čorba played most of the songs that would be released on their first album. At the beginning of March, the band held several concerts in Macedonia. On their concert in Dolovo[disambiguation needed] Aleksić fell from the stage and broke his leg, so until the end of the tour he was replaced by Miroslav Cvetković (who would later become a member of Bajagić's band Bajaga i Instruktori). On March 19, they released their second single with songs "Rock 'n' Roll za kućni savet" ("Rock 'n' Roll for Residents' Committee") and "Valentino iz restorana" ("Restaurant Valentino"). Marina Tucaković wrote part of "Valentino iz restorana" lyrics, which was the only time in the history of the band that the author of the lyrics was someone outside the band. Riblja Čorba spent the summer in Makarska, where they practiced for the upcoming debut album promotion. The concert was held on September 1 in Tašmajdan Stadium. Although the album was released ten days after the concert, the stadium was sold out. Bulevar, Formula 4 and Meri Cakić's "anti-ballet" group Ribetine also performed at the concert (Meri Cakić, who appeared on the concert wearing garter belts, has, by some, inspired Đorđević to write "Lutka sa naslovne strane", although he denied the claims). At this concert Đorđević got his concert nickname Bora Majstor (Bora the Master). On the concert the band played all the songs that would be released on their debut album, the songs released on their 7" singles, and the covers of Joe Cocker's version of "The Letter" and The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash". Several days later Đorđević went to Doboj and Kojić went to Sarajevo, to serve the Yugoslav People's Army. On November 28, the band, without Đorđević and Kojić performed at the marathon concert in Sarajevo with Aleksić on vocals, which was the only time that Riblja Čorba performed without Đorđević.[5]

Riblja Čorba's debut album, Kost u grlu (Bone in the Throat) was soon released and well received by both fans and critics. It brought a large number of hits: "Zvezda potkrovlja i suterena" ("Star of Attics and Basements"), "Egoista" ("Egoist"), "Ja sam još ona ista budala" ("I'm Still the Same Old Fool"), and "Ostani đubre do kraja" ("Remain Garbage to the End"). The songs "Mirno spavaj" ("Sleep Tight") was written by Đorđević and Nenad Božić during Đorđević's days in Suncokret, and was previously recorded for the SOS' never released album. The PGP-RTB editors believed that the verse "Popij svoje sedative" ("Take your sedatives") from this song might have reminded of drug abuse, and the first number of copies of the album with the version of the song containing this verse were soon retrieved from the stores. The album cover was designed by the cartoonist and a former Porodična Manufaktura Crnog Hleba member Jugoslav Vlahović, who would later design covers for all Riblja Čorba albums released until the present day, except Osmi nervni slom and Koza nostra covers. Kost u grlu was sold in more than 120,000 copies, Đorđević was proclaimed the rock musician of the year by some music magazines, and Riblja Čorba's hard rock sound with blues and heavy metal[1] elements achieved success, although the age of New Wave in Yugoslavia was about to begin.

Early 1980s[edit]

At the end of July 1980, Đorđević, who was still serving the army, appeared in Belgrade to record "Nazad u veliki prljavi grad" ("Back to the Big Dirty City") with Bajagić, Milatović and Kojić. The B-side featured the uncensored version of "Mirno spavaj". On December 31 and January 1, 1981 Riblja Čorba held two concerts with the hard rock band Atomsko Sklonište. The concerts were held in Belgrade's Pionir Hall and were advertised as 'Atomska Čorba' (Atomic Stew). In February 1981 Riblja Čorba released its second album Pokvarena mašta i prljave strasti (Perverted Imagination and Sordid Passions). The album was produced by Enco Lesić, who also played keyboards on the album recording and wrote the music for the song "Rekla je" ("She Said"). The album brought a large number of hits: "Ostaću slobodan" ("I'll Stay Free"), "Lak muškarac" ("Easy Man"), ballads "Neke su žene pratile vojnike" ("Some Women Escorted Soldiers"), "Nemoj srećo, nemoj danas" ("Don't, Honey, Don't do It Today"), "Dva dinara druže" ("Two Dinars, Comrade"), and "Rekla je" ("She Said"). The band promoted the album on their Yugoslav tour. After their return to Belgrade, they held a concert in Kalemegdan's Rockoteka. The band's special guest on the concert, on the cover of the ZZ Top song "Tush",[6] was Ian Gillan Band bass guitarist John McCoy, who would produce the band's third album Mrtva priroda (Still Life). Mrtva priroda, also released in 1981, brought Riblja Čorba's first song with political-related lyrics, "Na zapadu ništa novo" ("All Quiet on the Western Front"). The album was sold in more than 450,000 copies.

In January 1982, Riblja Čorba started their Yugoslav tour with a concert in Čačak. Ironically, the tour's slogan was "Ko preživi - pričaće" (Those Who Survive Will Live to Tell the Tale). On their concert in Ledena dvorana in Zagreb, due to bad organization, there were 15,000 people in the hall with only 10,500 seats as well as only two exit doors being open. In the rush at the end of the concert a fourteen-year old girl Željka Marković was trampled and died. This was a reason for some politicians to publicly attack Riblja Čorba and rock music in general. After the concert in Zagreb some of the concerts on the tour were cancelled.

This was also the time of the first political scandal that followed Riblja Čorba. League of Communist Youth of Bosnia and Herzegovina demanded Mrtva priroda to be banned because of the lyrics "Za ideale ginu budale" ("Fools get killed for ideals") and "Kreteni dižu bune i ginu" ("Cretins protest and get killed") from the song "Na zapadu ništa novo". Before the concert in Sarajevo, Đorđević had to write an explanation for this problematic lyrics and sign a statement that he would sing the song "Na zapadu ništa novo" on his own risk.

Riblja Čorba finished the tour with four concerts in Pionir Hall. Live album U ime naroda (In the Name of the People, the title referring to the political scandal around "Na zapadu ništa novo") was recorded on their concert on April 11. On the Youth Day the band was unexpectedly awarded with Majska nagrada award by the Belgrade Committee of the League of Socialist Youth as the band which "sings about the life and the problems of the young people" and which "has become a symbol of the large part of the youth"[7]

Their next album, Buvlja pijaca (Flea Market), was released at the end of 1982. The producer was once again John McCoy. The album featured softer sound than the previous Riblja Čorba albums, as some of the songs featured string instruments. This album brought a large number of successful songs: ironic love songs "Draga ne budi peder" ("Darling, Don't be a Faggot"), "U dva će čistači odneti đubre" ("At Two Garbage Collectors Will Collect the Trash"), "Dobro jutro" ("Good Morning"), and political songs "Ja ratujem sam" ("I'm Waging War Alone"), "Pravila, pravila" ("Rules, Rules"), "Kako je lepo biti glup" ("How Nice It Is to be Stupid"). However, the final number of copies sold was 250,000, which was less than expected. The album was followed by a tour, which ended with a concert in Belgrade's Sajmište. The opening bands on the concert were Dʼ Boys, Divlji Anđeli and Siluete, the latter performing with guitarist Nikola Čuturilo, who would later become a member of Riblja Čorba. As Milatović had to leave the band after the concert due to his army obligations, a barber cut his hair off on stage. After the concert, Milatović left the band and was temporarily replaced by a former Tilt and Suncokret member Vladimir Golubović (who would later join Bajagić's band Bajaga i Instruktori).

Prior to leaving to serve the army, Milatović started a side project: he formed the heavy metal band Ratnici (later known as Warriors) with the vocalist Dušan Nikolić, but recorded only an EP with them. After he went to serve the army, the band recorded their first self-titled album without Milatović, moving to Canada after its release. A short break after the Buvlja pijaca tour was used by another two Riblja Čorba members for their side projects: Kojić released his solo EP Ne budi me bez razloga (Don't Wake Me Up Without a Good Reason), with lyrics written by Đorđević and Bajagić and featuring Đorđević and Golubović as guests, and Bajagić worked on songs for his solo album Pozitivna geografija (Positive Geography). Although working on his solo album, Bajagić also found time to write the songs for Riblja Čorba's next album.

Večeras vas zabavljaju muzičari koji piju (Tonight You Will Be Entertained by Musicians Who Drink) was released in 1984. As Riblja Čorba's record label PGP-RTB refused to pay for the recording in London, the band signed a contract with PGP-RTB's main competitor Jugoton. The album was produced by Kornelije Kovač. Immediately after the album was released, state's censors declared songs "Mangupi vam kvare dete" and "Besni psi" ethically unacceptable. "Besni psi" caused an international scandal. Because of the lyrics "Grčki šverceri, arapski studenti, negativni elementi, maloletni delikventi i besni psi". ("Greek smugglers, Arab students, negative elements, juvenile delinquents and rabid dogs") from the song "Besni psi" ("Rabid Dogs") embassys of three Arab countries and Zaire protested because, in their words: "Đorđević equated foreign students and rabid dogs", and the Yugoslav Ministry of culture ordered an analysis of the song by the experts. With dark, depressive atmosphere, album was not as nearly successful as Riblja Čorba's previous albums, bringing only one hit, Bajagić's gentle ballad "Kad hodaš" ("When You Walk"). In the spring of 1984, Bajagić's Pozitivna geografija was released and very well received by fans and critics alike. However, Riblja Čorba spring tour was unsuccessful, bringing conflicts inside the band. Kojić did not appear on two television appearances and one press conference, and left the band on tour several times. Although Đorđević and Aleksić wanted to exclude Kojić from the band, Bajagić insisted that Kojić remains a member. However, after both Kojić and Bajagić refused to perform in Greece during the summer, Đorđević and Aleksić excluded them from the band. Shortly after Bajagić started a successful career as a frontman of the pop rock band Bajaga i Instruktori.

Vidoja "Džindžer" Božinović, a former Pop Mašina, Dah, Opus and Rok Mašina member, and Zoran Dašić became the band's new guitarists. After only couple of rehearsals Dašić left the band (he would later form the starogradska muzika band Legende, and Đorđević would write lyrics for seven and music for two songs released on their debut album Dođi druže do Srbije uže) and was replaced by a former Kredit, Bicikl, Zamba, Siluete and Električni Orgazam member Nikola Čuturilo. During this period the band performed mostly at the clubs. At this time, Đorđević made a guest appearance on Bijelo Dugme's self-titled album Bijelo Dugme, on the song "Pediculis Pubis", having co-written it with his main rival at the time, Bijelo Dugme leader Goran Bregović. This guest appearance helped Riblja Čorba's shattered status. During the winter the band entered the studio to record their next album.


Istina (The Truth) was released in 1985. As Jugoton refused to release songs "Snage opozicije" ("Opposition Forces"), "Pogledaj dom svoj, anđele" ("Look Homeward, Angel"), "'Alo" ("Hello") and "Dvorska budala" ("Jester") because of their political-related lyrics, the band signed back with PGP-RTB, which refused to release only "Snage opozicije". (The song remained unreleased until 1997, when it appeared on the compilation album Treći srpski ustanak.) Although after Večeras vas zabavljaju muzičari koji piju was released many critics claimed that Riblja Čorba belongs to the past, Istina was praised by both fans and critics. Produced by McCoy and more heavy metal-oriented than any of the band's previous works, album is often considered Riblja Čorba's magnum opus.[8] Album is perhaps most memorable for the song "Pogledaj dom svoj, anđele", which went on to become one of Riblja Čorba's signature songs. However, Istina is also the album after which the band, although still generally fitting into hard rock sound, started turning towards more commercial sound. On the Bosnian tour that followed the album release the former YU grupa bass guitarist Žika Jelić replaced Aleksić, who was not able to perform due to illness. In May the band performed in Belgrade Sports Hall, and Đorđević released his first book of poems entitled Ravnodušan prema plaču (Apathetic towards Crying).

Late 1980s[edit]

In February 1986, the band released Osmi nervni slom (Eighth Nervous Breakdown). The album featured British reggae musician Eddy Grant on vocals in the song "Amsterdam". Other hits included "Nemoj da ideš mojom ulicom" ("Don't Walk Along My Street"), "Tu nema Boga, nema pravde" ("There's no God, There's no Justice"), "Južna Afrika '85. (Ja ću da pevam)" ("South Africa '85 ("I'm Gonna Sing)"). At the beginning of 1986, Central Committee of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia discussed Riblja Čorba's lyrics, but that did not affect the audience. On March 8, in front of 10,000 people in Sarajevo's Skenderija Riblja Čorba started their most successful tour since the Mrtva priroda tour. During the year, Milatović released his first solo album U ritmu srca malog dobošara (In the Rhythm of the Little Drummer's Heart). At the 1986 MESAM Festival, the band was awarded with the Rock Band of the Year Award, Đorđević was proclaimed Composer of the Year, and "Amsterdam" was proclaimed Hit of the Year.

In February 1987, they released their ninth studio album Ujed za dušu (Soul Bite), which featured their first cover, "Zadnji voz za Čačak" ("Last Train to Čačak", cover of The Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville"). Surprisingly, "Član mafije" ("Mafia Member") was the album's only political song. Songs "Nesrećnice nije te sramota" ("Miserable Woman, Aren't You Ashamed") and "Zašto kuče arlauče" ("Why the Dog Howles") were released on a gift 7" single.

Đorđević's 1987 unplugged performance with singer-songwriter Arsen Dedić in Terazije Theatre resulted in a famous bootleg album Arsen & Bora Čorba Unplugged '87, which is included in the official Bora Đorđević discography.[9] The performance featured Stjepan Mihaljinec on piano and Božinović and Čuturilo on guitars. In 1987, Đorđević was indicted for "disturbing the public", when he red his poems in Sava Centar, but because he was reading poems already published in his books and in various magazines, the charges were dropped. In 1988, after reading his poems in Bar, he was indicted for "insulting the working people of Yugoslavia", but these charges were also dropped. In 1988, he released Bora priča gluposti (Bora's Talking Rubbish), which featured a recording of his poetry evening held in Belgrade's KST.

In 1988, Riblja Čorba celebrated ten years of existence by releasing Priča o ljubavi obično ugnjavi (Talking about Love Is Usually Annoying) and the compilation album Riblja Čorba 10, which was released in a limited number of 1,000 copies only, and was given to the friends of the band and the media. The band planned to hold a fund raising concert in front of the Temple of Saint Sava, with all the funds raised dedicated to the construction of the Cathedral, and with Đorđe Balašević, Ekatarina Velika and Piloti as special guests, but did not manage to get the permission to organize it. In 1988, Čuturilo released his first solo album 9 lakih komada (9 Easy Steps). The band held their last concert with Čuturilo on October 14, 1989 in Sarajevo.[10] After releasing his second studio album Raskršće (Crossroads) in 1989, he decided to leave the band. He was replaced by Zoran Ilić, a former Bezobrazno Zeleno member. In 1990, the band released Koza nostra (Cosa Nostra, also a word play, with "Koza" meaning "goat" in Serbian). Album featured Branimir Štulić and Azra members on backing vocals on the track "Al Kapone" ("Al Capone"), former Suncokret members Bilja Krstić, Gorica Popović and Snežana Jandrlić on backing vocals, and Saša Lokner on keyboards. The included a cover of Chuck Berry's song "Memphis, Tennessee", Riblja Čorba version entitled "Crna Gora, Bar" ("Montenegro, Bar"), the punk rock song "Deca" ("Children"), and "Tito je vaš" ("Tito Is Yours"), which directly ridiculed late Josip Broz Tito. After the album release the band performed in Sweden, Romania and Australia.


After the outbreak of the Yugoslav wars, Riblja Čorba members decided to record their farewell album. Labudova pesma (Swan Song), recorded in Vienna, featured several anti-war songs and only one hit, "Kad sam bio mlad" ("When I Was Young", cover of Eric Burdon's "When I Was Young"), However, it did not turn out to be Riblja Čorba's last album, as they eventually changed their decision to disband. Oliver Mandić, who was approached to join the band as a keyboard player, eventually did not become a Riblja Čorba member, and songs recorded with him were not released on the album. During the same year Zoran Ilić formed the comedy rock supergroup Babe with Bajaga i Instruktori member Žika Milenković, Električni Orgazam member Goran Čavajda and a former Bezobrazno Zeleno member Zoran Vasić. The next Riblja Čorba album Zbogom, Srbijo (Farewell, Serbia) was not very successful either. It featured "Zelena trava doma mog" ("Green Grass of My Home", cover of Tom Jones' "Green Green Grass of Home"), "Danas nema mleka" ("No Milk Today", a heavy metal cover of Herman's Hermits' "No Milk Today") and "Tamna je noć" ("Dark Is the Night", cover of Mark Bernes' "The Dark Night") as the album's only hits. At this period, Vlada Barjaktarević, a former Van Gogh member, became the band's first official keyboard player.

At this time, Đorđević became an active supporter of the Serbian troops in Republika Srpska and Republika Srpska Krajina. With Knin band Minđušari he recorded controversial songs "E moj druže zagrebački" ("Oh, my Zagreb Comrade"), as a response to Jura Stublić's song "E moj druže beogradski" ("Oh, my Belgrade Comrade"), and "Ljetovanje" ("Summer Vacation"). This has, alongside with the unsuccessful Riblja Čorba albums, made Riblja Čorba lose a part of their fans in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Đorđević's support for Serbian nationalism did not, however, imply support for the government of Slobodan Milošević, and he would express his attitude in Riblja Čorba political songs recorded on albums Ostalo je ćutanje and Nojeva barka, as well as on his 1996 solo album Njihovi dani (Their Days) which he released in his own name rather than that of his band. Nevertheless, the songs from Njihovi dani were performed at Riblja Čorba concerts and "Baba Jula" ("Grandma Jula", the song that innuends to Mirjana Marković) became an anthem on 1990s protests in Serbia. During the same year, Milatović formed the hard rock band Indijanci, infamous for their pornographic lyrics.

In the summer of 1996, Ilić left Riblja Čorba. He was not replaced, and the band continued with only Božinović on guitar. The album Ostalo je ćutanje (The Rest Is Silence), released in 1996, featured a cover of John Lennon's song "Jealous Guy", Riblja Čorba version titled "Ljubomorko" ("Jealous Guy"). At the beginning of 1997, a compilation album Treći srpski ustanak (Third Serbian Uprising), with a choice of Riblja Čorba political songs, previously unreleased "Snage opozicije" and the new song "Volim i ja vas" ("I Love You, Too"), was released. In 1997, the band held a tour named Po slobodnim gradovima Srbije (Around the Free Cities of Serbia) which ended with two concerts in Tašmajdan, with Rambo Amadeus, Babe, Prljavi Inspektor Blaža i Kljunovi, Direktori, Indijanci, Aleluja, and Kraljevski Apartman as the opening acts.[11] On these two concerts Riblja Čorba recorded live albums Beograd, uživo '97 - 1 and Beograd, uživo '97 - 2. (Belgrade, Live 97 - 1 and 2). Đorđević's political involvement caused Riblja Čorba concert in Tivoli Hall in Ljubljana to be banned.

In 1999, Riblja Čorba released Nojeva barka (Noah's Ark), produced by Aleksić and Miša Popović. Album featured a cover of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons" (Riblja Čorba version titled "16 noći" ("16 Nights"). The former band member Momčilo Bajagić made a guest appearance on the song "Gde si" ("Where Are You"). At the beginning of 1999 NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Riblja Čorba recorded the patriotic tune "Samo Sloga Srbina Spašava" ("Only Unity Saves the Serbs") with Bajagić, Dejan Cukić, Van Gogh frontman Zvonimir Đukić, No Smoking Orchestra frontman dr Nele Karajlić, and Generacija 5 frontman Đorđe David.


Bora Đorđević in concert, in Belgrade Arena in 2009

The first Riblja Čorba album after the 2000 political changes in Serbia was Pišanje uz vetar (Pissing Against the Wind), released in 2001, on which Riblja Čorba experimented with different musical genres. "Crno-beli svet" ("Black and White World") featured Eyesburn frontman Hornsman Coyote on vocals. In 2002, after the tour following the album release, Barjaktarević left the band and was replaced by Nikola Zorić. In 2003, Milatović released a children's music album entitled Dečaci o devojčicama (Boys about Girls). In 2003, Riblja Čorba released Ovde (Here), with songs "Zašto uvek kurcu sviram" and "Pičkin dim" released on the bonus CD. The album saw little success, with the ballad "Poslednja pesma o tebi" ("The Last Song About You") becoming the album's only hit. On December 20, Riblja Čorba, alongside Orthodox Celts, performed in Belgrade's KST. The Riblja Čorba performance was interrupted due to a bomb threat.[12] On July 3, 2004 Riblja Čorba, alongside the Belgrade faction of the band Zabranjeno Pušenje, held a concert at the Belgrade Ušće, in order to celebrate Riblja Čorba's twenty-five and Zabranjeno Pušenje's twenty years on the scene. However, the concert is best remembered by the fact that Zabranjeno Pušenje performance was ended after about half an hour, as the band performed the world music songs they recorded as The No Smoking Orchestra, and the angry fans threw various objects on stage. The other acts that performed on the concert included Negative, Prljavi Inspektor Blaža i Kljunovi, Bjesovi, Alogia, Roze Poze, Abonos, Kraljevski Apartman, Đorđe David, and others.[13]

In 2005, the band released the EP Trilogija 1: Nevinost bez zaštite (Trilogy 1: Virginity without Protection), the first part of the Riblja Čorba trilogy. Two other parts of the trilogy, Trilogija 2: Devičanska ostrva (Trilogy 2: Virgin Islands) and Trilogija 3: Ambasadori loše volje (Trilogy 3: Badwill Ambassadors) were released in 2006. After releasing the live album Gladijatori u BG Areni (Gladiators in Belgrade Arena) in 2008, the band, at the beginning of 2009, released the studio album Minut sa njom (A Minute with Her). Minut sa njom was the first Riblja Čorba album since Pokvarena mašta i prljave strasti which did not feature any political song. The band celebrated thirty years since the release of their debut album Kost u grlu with a concert in Belgrade Arena, held on October 31, 2009.[14]


In 2010, the band released the live/video album entitled Niko nema ovakve ljude! (No One Has This Kind of People!) with a recording of their concert held in Belgrade Arena on October 31, 2009.[15] In January 2011, film director Dušan Vesić announced that he is working on a documentary about Riblja Čorba.[16]

In August 2011, PGP-RTS released Riblja Čorba box set, which featured twelve CDs: the first ten studio albums, the first live album, and the singles released in the 1978—1990 period and rarities on the twelfth CD.[17] In January 2012, the band released the live album Koncert za brigadire (Concert for the Brigadiers). The album features a recording of the band's performance on the 1985 youth work action Đerdap 1985. The album was released through RTV Stara Pazova, on CD and, in a limited number of 1000 copies, on vinyl record.[18]

In 2012, in an interview, Đorđević stated that the band is going to perform in Zagreb, after more than twenty years, during 2013.[19] On November 15, the band released their new studio album enitled Uzbuna! (Alarm!). The album was released both on CD, through City Records, and on vinyl, through Fidbox.[20] The album was produced by John McCoy, with whom the band cooperated again after 27 years.[21] At the same time, a 7" single, featuring the songs "Uzbuna!" and "Užasno mi nedostaje" ("I Miss Her so Much"), the latter recorded live, was released through Fidbox.[22] The band celebrated 35 years of existence with a concert in Kombank Arena, held on March 23, 2013. The concert featured guest appearances by McCoy, Bajagić and Čuturilo.[23]

In October 2013, Radio Television of Serbia broadcast a four part documentary about Đorđević and the band, entitled Uporno dozivanje anđela (Persistent Calling for the Angel), written by and directed by Slobodan Simojlović.[24]

In late 2014, the band held a series of unplugged concerts across Serbia, which were followed by concerts in Slovenia, Romania and Poland. The concerts, which were the first unplugged concerts since the beginning of the band career, featured Block Out member Miljko Radonjić on drums (Milatović playing percussions) and string decet Metamorfozis.[25]


No one before Bora Đorđević managed to describe the demimonde of Belgrade more accurately. The real, existing demimonde of Belgrade at the end of 1970s. What would it mean if someone could now sing... Bora Đorđević sang "Lutka sa naslovne strane" back then, and today is the reality of the dolls from the front covers.

-Peca Popović[26]

Q: There wasn't much in our rock songs about something from the city, about how it is to live in the city, let's start from that subject...

A: You had the singer of Smak, who you couldn't understand, you were scared by all that philosophy. And on the other side you had Bosnians, with that peasants', shepherds' rock, for which we figured out straight away that we weren't into. Because of that, when Riblja Čorba appeared, it was something authentic.

-Zoran Kostić "Cane"[27]

Riblja Čorba is one of the best-selling and is considered one of the top and most influential acts on the former Yugoslav rock scene and remains one of the top mainstream acts on the Serbian rock scene. However, Bora Đorđević's support for Serbian nationalism during Yugoslav wars has caused Riblja Čorba's absence from mainstream media in Croatia and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Riblja Čorba's and Bora Đorđević's work has been praised by singer-songwriter Arsen Dedić,[28] Đorđević's former bandmate singer-songwriter Đorđe Balašević,[29] Vatreni Poljubac leader Milić Vukašinović,[30] Prljavo Kazalište guitarist and leader Jasenko Houra,[31] former Azra leader Branimir "Džoni" Štulić,[32] singer-songwriter and former Lačni Franz leader Zoran Predin,[33] former Doktor Spira i Ljudska Bića leader Dušan Mihajlović "Spira",[34] Bjesovi leader Zoran Marinković,[35] and others. Riblja Čorba songs were covered by acts such are Prljavi Inspektor Blaža i Kljunovi,[36] Zaklonišče Prepeva, Sick Mother Fakers,[37] Six Pack,[38] Alogia,[39] Lude Krawe,[40] and others.

The book YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike (YU 100: The Best albums of Yugoslav pop and rock music) features eight Riblja Čorba albums: Kost u grlu (ranked No. 16), Mrtva priroda (ranked No. 19), Pokvarena mašta i prljave strasti (ranked No. 23), Istina (ranked No. 43), Buvlja pijaca (ranked No. 64), Večeras vas zabavljaju muzičari koji piju (ranked No. 80), Osmi nervni slom (ranked No. 83), and U ime naroda (ranked No. 85).[41] In 1987, in YU legende uživo (YU Legends Live), a special publication by Rock magazine, U ime naroda was pronounced one of 12 best Yugoslav live albums.[42]

The song "Pogledaj dom svoj, anđele" was voted Hit of the Year in 1985 by the listeners of Radio Beograd 202 and Song of the Decade in 1990.[43] In 2009, the song was voted the Greatest Domestic Song by the readers of the Standard magazine.[44] The Rock Express Top 100 Yugoslav Rock Songs of All Times list, published in 2000, featured six songs by Riblja Čorba: "Pogledaj dom svoj, anđele" (polled No.1), "Dva dinara, druže" (polled No.2), "Ostani đubre do kraja" (polled No.25), "Lutka sa naslovne strane" (polled No.35), "Rock 'n' roll za kućni savet" (polled No. 64) and "Kad padne noć (Upomoć)" (polled No.76).[45] The B92 Top 100 Yugoslav songs list features two songs by Riblja Čorba: "Kad hodaš" (ranked No.4) and "Lutka sa naslovne strane" (ranked No.12).[46] In 2011, "Pogledaj dom svoj, anđele" and "Lutka sa naslovne strane" were polled, by the listeners of Radio Beograd 202, two of 60 greatest songs released by PGP-RTB/PGP-RTS during the sixty years of the label's existence.[47]

The lyrics of 12 Riblja Čorba songs (11 written by Đorđević and 1 written by Bajagić) were featured in Petar Janjatović's book Pesme bratstva, detinjstva & potomstva: Antologija ex YU rok poezije 1967 - 2007 (Songs of Brotherhood, Childhood & Offspring: Anthology of Ex YU Rock Poetry 1967 - 2007).[48]

In 2009, Pošta Slovenije released the postage stamp which features Riblja Čorba logo.[49]




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