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Gogol Bordello performing in 2014
|Origin||New York City, New York|
|Genres||Punk rock, Latin rock, Polka, folk rock, dub, gypsy music|
|Labels||Rubrick, SideOneDummy, Columbia, MapleMusic|
|Associated acts||Balkan Beat Box Kultur Shock Dubioza Kolektiv|
Gogol Bordello is an American punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999 and known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring. Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music mixed with punk and dub. The band incorporates accordion and violin (and on some albums, saxophone).
The band has appeared in a number of popular films, most notably in 2005's Everything Is Illuminated in which the lead singer, Eugene Hütz, co-starred with Elijah Wood in a dramedy and adventure story about the Nazi purges in Ukraine. The entire group was present for one shot in which they played a brass band in a set that included the "Star-Spangled Banner". They also played the traditional Yiddish tune "Bublitschki". Gogol Bordello contributed the song "Start Wearing Purple" to the film's score. The band also has their own documentary called Gogol Bordello Non-Stop. This documentary was filmed in 2008 and follows the band's progress. In 2012, the band recorded a song titled Let's Get Crazy for Coca-Cola's Euro 2012 advertising campaign.
History and influences
"Gogol" comes from Nikolai Gogol, a classical Ukrainian writer, born in today's Ukraine. He serves as an ideological influence for the band because he "smuggled" Ukrainian culture into Russian society, which Gogol Bordello intends to do with Gypsy/East-European music in the English-speaking world. "Bordello", in Italian, refers to a brothel or a "gentleman's club". The band was originally titled Hütz and the Béla Bartóks, but Eugene Hütz says that they decided to change the name because "nobody knows who the hell Béla Bartók is in the United States." The band played their first show as the unofficial band at an after-hours club called Pizdetz where they became the house band and DJ Hütz became the house DJ.
Gogol Bordello's first single was released in 1999, and since then they have released six full-length albums, and one EP. In 2005 the band signed to punk label SideOneDummy Records. On 27 April 2010 Gogol Bordello made its major record label debut with Transcontinental Hustle on Rick Rubin's American Recordings, a subsidiary of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment. Many of the songs on Transcontinental Hustle were inspired by Hütz's move to Brazil.
The band has toured extensively throughout Europe and America. They have made numerous appearances at international festivals and have toured with such diverse bands as Primus, Flogging Molly, and Cake. In an interview with NPR, frontman Eugene Hütz cites Jimi Hendrix and Parliament-Funkadelic as among the band's main musical influences. They have also mentioned Manu Chao, Fugazi, Zvuki Mu, Karamelo Santo, Sasha Kolpakov and The Clash as influences.
Gogol Bordello released a new song titled Let's Get Crazy in 2012 as part of Coca-Cola's advertising campaign for the European Football Championships, which were part-hosted by Ukraine. The track samples one of their earlier singles, Wonderlust King, and the Coca-Cola advertising jingle.
The 2010 song "Immigraniada" was remixed by Bassnectar becoming a smash hit amongst his fans hoping for a live performance anytime the band and he are in proximity to each other, i.e. music festivals.
- 2004 – Kill Your Idols – Hütz was interviewed in this documentary about New York's "art punk" music scene.
- 2005 – Everything Is Illuminated – In Liev Schreiber's directorial debut, which stars Elijah Wood, the role of Alexander Perchov was played by Eugene Hütz. It includes cameo appearances by other Gogol Bordello members in the train scene.
- 2006 – The Pied Piper of Hützovina – Documentary by Pavla Fleischer about a road trip she and Eugene Hütz took to Ukraine to trace his roots.
- 2006 – Wristcutters: A Love Story – "Eugene," played by American actor Shea Whigham, is partly based on Eugene Hütz, whose music ("Through the Roof and Underground", "Occurrence on the Border", and "Huliganjetta") is featured in the film as that recorded by the character's old band. Contrary to the belief that he has received no credit for this, the film credits show the copyrights for both Gogol Bordello songs, as well as giving thanks to Eugene multiple times throughout the credit roll.
- 2008 – Filth and Wisdom – The entire band appeared in this independent film directed by Madonna. Eugene Hütz is the protagonist. Madonna also allowed Eugene to add his own dialogue into the script.
- 2008 – Gogol Bordello Non-Stop – The development of the band was documented in this film directed by Margarita Jimeno. It follows the band's rise from underground legends to international fame from 2001 to 2007.
- 2009 – Larger Than Life in 3D – Live High-def digital concert footage shot in stereoscopic 3-D at the Austin City Limits festival in October 2009.
- 2009 – Live From Axis Mundi: Professionally recorded live concert footage shot in New York.
- 2011 – Grain: Short film, 'Against the Nature' appears on the credits.
- 2017 – "American Wedding" Fargo Season 3 Episode 2 "The Principle of Restricted Choice" closing credits
- 2017 - "Risky Bismuth" The Tick Season 1 Episode 10 "Trans Continental Hustle" closing credits
- Current members
- Eugene Hütz (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion) – Ukraine (1999–present)
- Sergey Ryabtsev (violin, backing vocals) – Russia (2000–present)
- Thomas "Tommy T" Gobena (bass, backing vocals) – Ethiopia (2006–present)
- Pedro Erazo (percussion, MC) – Ecuador (2007–present)
- Alfredo Ortiz (drums) – United States (2016–present)
- Boris Pelekh (guitar, backing vocals) – Russia (2015–present)
- Ashley Tobias "TOBI" – (backing vocals, dance, percussion, general performance) United States (2017-present)
- Former members
- Pamela Racine (percussion, backing vocals, dance, general performance)-(1999-2017)
- Oren Kaplan (guitar, backing vocals) (2000–2012)
- Yuri Lemeshev (accordion, backing vocals) (2001–2013)
- Elizabeth Sun (percussion, backing vocals, dance, general performance) – China and Scotland (2004–2016)
- Pasha Newmer (accordion; backing vocals) – Belarus (2013–2018)
- Eliot Ferguson (drums, backing vocals)
- Karl Alvarez (bass)
- Rea Mochiach (bass, percussion, electronics and beat programming in the studio, backing vocals)
- Sasha Kazatchkoff (accordion)
- Vlad Solovar (guitar)
- Ori Kaplan (saxophone, backing vocals) (no relation to Oren Kaplan, co-leads Balkan Beat Box with Tamir Muskat)
- Susan Donaldson (percussion, backing vocals, dance, general performance)
- James Ward (accordion)
- Andra Ursuta (percussion, backing vocals, dance, general performance)
- Katheryn McGaffigan (percussion, backing vocals, dance, general performance)
- Chris Tattersall (drums, backing vocals)
- Kristian Mangieri (harmonica, general performance)
- Voi-La Intruder (1999)
- Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony (2002)
- Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (2005)
- Super Taranta! (2007)
- Trans-Continental Hustle (2010)
- Pura Vida Conspiracy (2013)
- Seekers and Finders (2017)
- East Infection (2005)
- Punk Rock Strike Vol. 4 (2003)
- 2005 Warped Tour Compilation (2005)
- 2006 Warped Tour Compilation (2006)
- Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers (2006)
- The Rough Guide to Planet Rock (2006)
- 2007 Warped Tour Compilation (2007)
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