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 1968 (1968)–present
Website www.elan.cz
Members Jožo Ráž
Ján Baláž
Vašo Patejdl
Peter Farnbauer
Ľubo Horňák
Štefan Bugala
Past members Juraj Farkaš, Zdeno Baláž, Fero Turák; Martin Karvaš, Gabo Szabó, Juraj Kuchárek, Henry Tóth, Boris Brna

Elán is a Slovak pop-rock band, founded in 1968 by Jožo Ráž, Vašo Patejdl, Juraj Farkaš and Zdeno 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]

Current members[edit]

  • Jožo Ráž – bass, lead vocals, vocals (on some songs) (1968–present)
  • Jano Baláž – guitars, lead vocals (on some songs), vocals (1981–present)
  • Vašo Patejdl - guitars (1968–1969), keyboards (1969–1985, 1996–present), lead vocals (on some songs), vocals (1968–1985, 1996–present)
  • Peter Farnbauer – guitars, occasionally keyboards, saxophone, vocals (1990–present)
  • Ľubo Horňák – keyboards, vocals (1991–present)
  • Štefan Bugala - drums (2016–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Juraj Farkaš – guitars, vocals (1968–1985), lead vocals on "Belasý let" (1981)
  • Zdeno Baláž – drums (1968–1985)
  • Juraj Fábry - keyboards, vocals (1968–1969)
  • Fero Turák - trumpet, keyboards, vocals (1975–1978)
  • Boris Kopčák - trombone, vocals (1975–1978)
  • Jozef Tekeľ - saxophone, vocals (1975–1978)
  • Peter Šišma - trumpet (1978–1979)
  • Marián Broušek - trombone (1978–1979)
  • Martin Karvaš – keyboards, lead vocals (on some songs), vocals (1985–1989)
  • Gabo Szabó – drums (1985–1989)
  • Juraj Kuchárek – drums (1991–2002, 2004-2007)
  • Henry Tóth - guitars (2003-2014)
  • Marcel Buntaj - drums (2003)
  • Boris Brna - drums (2008-2016)

Guest studio musicians[edit]

  • Piešťanská folková skupina Slniečko - vocals on "Mláďatá" and "Belasý let" (1981)
  • Viera Briestenská - vocals on „Nie sme zlí“ (1982)
  • Ladislav Briestenský - vocals on „Nie sme zlí“ (1982)
  • Ľuboš Stankovský - drums (1985)
  • Vašo Patejdl - synth, vocals (1986)
  • Štefan Nosáľ - fujara, vocals on "Tanečnice z Lúčnice" (1986)
  • Anton Jaro - fretless guitar on "Neobzerajte sa pani Lótová" (1986), bass (1988, 1989)
  • J. Ťapák - vocals on "Tanečnice z Lúčnice" (1986)
  • P. Holík - vocals on "Tanečnice z Lúčnice" (1986)
  • M. Hesek - vocals on "Tanečnice z Lúčnice" (1986)
  • Dušan Huščava - tenor saxophone (1986, 1988)
  • J. Fabrický - drums (1988)
  • Marián Kochanský - vocals (1988)
  • Eva Balážová - cimbalom on "Od Tatier k Dunaju" (1989)
  • Roman Grešák - vocals on "Hostia z inej planéty" (1991)
  • Jaroslav Dudík - violin on "Hostia z inej planéty" (1991)
  • Peter Abrahám - violin, strings (1997)
  • Pavol Jursa - vocals (1997)
  • Juraj Burian - acoustic guitar on "O láske" (2002)
  • Erik Boboš Procházka - harmonica on "Nežný a plný energie" (2010)
  • Richard Šimurka - saxophone on "Živých nás nedostanú", "A predsa sa točí", "Ryšavá" (2014)
  • Martin Haas - trombone on "Živých nás nedostanú", "A predsa sa točí", "Ryšavá" (2014)
  • Samuel Šimek - trumpet on "Živých nás nedostanú", "A predsa sa točí", "Páni pripime", "Ryšavá" (2014)
  • Lenka Lo Hrůzová - lead vocals on "Neodchádzaj" (2014)

Guest live musicians[edit]

  • Fero Turák - keyboards, vocals (1978-1980, 1990–1991)
  • Viktor Hidvéghy - bass (1990–1991, 1998), organ (1998)
  • Július Petrus - drums (1990–1991)
  • Fero Oláh - keyboards, vocals (1990–1991)
  • Juraj Farkaš - solo guitar (1996)
  • Zdeno Baláž - drums (1996)
  • Juraj Burian - acoustic guitar, vocals (1998)
  • Tony Benedek - percussion (1998, 2004-2005)
  • Ľuboš Stankovský - drums (2001)
  • Lenka Lo Hrůzová - vocals (2014)
  • Richard Šimurka - saxophone, flute (2014–present)
  • Martin Haas - trombone (2014–present)
  • Samuel Šimek - trumpet (2014–present)
  • Nina Kraljić - vocals (2016–present)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums:

  • 1981 - Ôsmy svetadiel (The Eighth Continent)
  • 1982 - Nie Sme zlí (We're Not Bad)
  • 1983 - Elán 3
  • 1985 - Hodina slovenčiny (Lesson of Slovak)
  • 1986 - Detektívka (Whodunit)
  • 1988 - Nebezpečný náklad (Dangerous Cargo)
  • 1989 - Rabaka
  • 1991 - Netvor z čiernej hviezdy Q7A (The Monster 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)
  • 2014 - Živých nás nedostanú (Not Gonna Get Us Alive)

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 (Elán in The Theater)

Compilations:

  • 1987 - Neviem byť sám (Can't Be Alone)
  • 1992 - Legenda 1 (Legend 1)
  • 1992 - Legenda 2 (Legend 2)
  • 1995 - Hodina nehy (Hour 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 (Can't Be Alone)
  • 2001 - Otázniky/Všetko čo máš (Question Marks/All You Have)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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