Rok Mašina

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Rok Mašina
Background information
Origin Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal[1]
Years active 1980 – 1982
Labels Jugodisk, One Records
Associated acts Pop Mašina, Opus, Apartman 69, Generacija 5, Riblja Čorba, Zona B
Past members Robert Nemeček
Vladan Dokić
Zoran Božinović
Vidoja Božinović
Dragan Đorđević

Rok Mašina (Serbian Cyrillic: Рок Машина; trans. Rock Machine) was a short-lasting former Yugoslav hard rock band from Belgrade. Rok Mašina was formed in 1980 by former members of the progressive/hard rock band Pop Mašina, and released only an album before disbanding in 1982.

Band history[edit]

1980 - 1982[edit]

The band was formed in 1980 by former Pop Mašina members Robert Nemeček (vocals and bass guitar) and brothers Zoran and Vidoja Božinović (guitars). Soon afterwards, a former member of the band Pop Šou, Vladan Dokić (drums) joined the band.

The band had its first live appearance in 1980 in Zagreb, as a part of the event named Pozdrav iz Beograda (Greetings from Belgrade). Soon afterwards the band released the album Rok Mašina through Jugodisk.[2] Later that year, Dragan Đorđević, a former member of Generacija 5, replaced Dokić, but at the time of the great popularity of new wave bands in Yugoslavia, the future for the band was not very promising, and they disbanded in 1982 while recording their second studio album.


Part of the material recorded for the band's second studio album was released by Jugodisk in 1983, on the EP Izrod na granici (Bastard on the Border).[3] The EP featured a live version of the song "Bilo mi je bolje" ("I Felt Better"), recorded on the Belgrade Rock Festival held in Pionir Hall in September 1982,[3] which was also the last live performance by Rok Mašina. The song "Promašen san" ("Failed Dream") featured a recording of Aleister Crowley's voice.[3]

Zoran Božinović retired from music, but in the late 1990s he started performing with the blues-rock band Zona B. He died on July 12, 2004.[4] Vidoja Božinović occasionally performed in blues clubs and with the jazz band Interaction, before joining Riblja Čorba in 1985. Robert Nemeček became the film program editor at TV Politika.

In 1994, the band's song "Nulti čas" ("Zero Hour") was released on Komuna compilation album Pakleni vozači: Jugoslovenski hard rock (Hell Riders: Yugoslav Hard Rock).[5] In 2001, One Records released the compilation album entitled Rok Mašina which featured all the tracks from both 1981 album Rok Mašina and Izrod na granici.[6]

In 2008, Nemeček released a collection of Pop Mašina recordings on the box set Antologija 1972 - 1976 (Anthology 1972 - 1976). During the following years, Vidoja Božinović tried to persuade him to do the similar thing with Rok Mašina recordings.[7] Finally, in 2015, the compilation album Antologija 1980 - 1983 was released through Multimedia Music.[7] The songs released on the album were remastered by Nemeček himself and his son Jan.[7] The compilation featured all the material officially released by Rok Mašina, previously unreleased recordings and a book about the band.[8]


In 2012, Serbian alternative rock band Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša recorded a cover of Rok Mašina's song "Granica" ("Border") for the New Year's Eve edition of Radio Television of Serbia show Bunt.[9]


Studio albums[edit]



  • Rok Mašina (2001)
  • Antologija 1980 - 1983 (2015)


  • "Vatra" / "Bilo mi je bolje" (1980)

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