Alisa (Serbian band)
Alisa in the 1980s
|Genres||Rock, pop rock, folk rock|
|Labels||Jugodisk, PGP-RTB, Raglas Records, PGP-RTS|
|Associated acts||Slađana Milošević, Vožd, Lepa Brena|
|Past members||Miroslav Živanović|
Alisa was formed in 1984 by Miroslav "Pile" Živanović (a former Zvučni Zid and Jedan Smer member, vocals), Predrag Cvetković (a former member of Slađana Milošević's backing band Ljudi member, drums), Aleksandar Kićanović (keyboards), Zoran Jančeski (a former Sedmi Krug member, guitar), and Marko Glavan (a former BG5 member, bass guitar). They released their debut self-titled album in 1985. All the songs were written by the keyboardist Jovan Stoiljković, leader of Živanović's former band Zvučni Zid, some of them during the 1970s while Stoiljković was the leader of the band Bicikl. Stoiljković decided not to become an official member of Alisa, but rather an author of Alisa's fairy tales-inspired songs. Although poorly produced, album brought hits "Sanja" and "Vojskovođa" ("Warlord") that made Alisa teen stars in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The album featured Saša Gnus on flute and saxophone as special guest.
Their second album Da li si čula pesmu umornih slavuja (Have You Heard the Song of Tired Nightingales), released in 1987, was heavily influenced by the New Partisans music movement. All the songs were written by Stoiljković. This album also featured Saša Gnus, now as an official band member. Main hits were the songs "1389." and "Posle devet godina" ("After Nine Years"), the latter featuring folk music singer Lepa Brena on vocals. The album also featured re-recorded "Vojskovođa". In 1988, Glavan left the band, and was replaced by Dušan "Golub" Karadžić. Alisa's third album Hiljadu tona ljubavi (Thousand Tons of Love), released in 1988, featured similar folk rock sound. For the first time Živanović wrote part of the songs, including the album's main hit "Kesteni" ("Chestnuts"). After releasing the album Glupo je spavati dok svira Rock 'n' Roll (It's a Dumb Thing to Sleep while Rock 'n' Roll Is Playing) in 1989 and several concerts held, the band disbanded at the outbreak of Yugoslav wars.
Živanović and Cvetković reunited Alisa in 2001. This lineup of the band also featured Dejan Resanović (bass guitar) and Bojan Mišković (guitar), Predrag Stojković (keyboards) and Miloš Đurić (percussion). They released the album Alisa, also known as Boško Buha (a Yugoslav World War II hero) which featured new versions of the band's old hits and new songs. Alisa disbanded once again shortly after and Živanović formed the band Vožd.
In 2018, the band reunited in the original lineup: Miroslav "Pile" Živanović (vocals), Predrag Cvetković (drums), Aleksandar Kićanović (keyboards), Zoran Jančeski (guitar) and Marko Glavan (bass guitar). The band's comeback single "Pijane noći" ("Drunken Nights"), with lyrics written by the band's old associate Jovan Stoiljković and music written by Goran Vranić, was released in December 2018. The single announces the band's new studio album, which will be released through PGP-RTS in the spring of 2019.
- Alisa (1985)
- Da li si čula pesmu umornih slavuja (1987)
- Hiljadu tona ljubavi (1988)
- Glupo je spavati dok svira Rock 'n' Roll (1989)
- Alisa (2001)
- Zlatna kolekcija (1996)
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