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Skiladiko or Skyladiko Greek pronunciation: [sciˈlaðiko], (Greek: Σκυλάδικο), is a derogatory term to describe a branch of laiko music and some of the current nightclubs in Greece in which this music is performed.[1][2][3][4] It also refers to the so-called "decadent" form of laiko,[5] and is derived from the Greek for dog (σκύλος, skilos), meaning "doggish" or "doghouse". The term was also used to refer to cheap or often unlicensed Greek night clubs with a usually shady reputation of Greek music on the outskirts of a Greek city or town.[6] Skiladiko flourished during the 1970s and 1980s with artists like Lefteris Pantazis. The typical arrangement in current skiladika establishments includes an elevated stage ("palco") where singers and musicians perform Greek songs, with the use of heavy amplified bouzouki, electric guitars and other instruments.

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  1. ^ Plamen K. Georgiev (15 June 2012). Self-Orientalization in South East Europe. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 55. ISBN 978-3-531-93271-2. Laïkó's relative known as “Skiladiko” is close to early Bulgarian chalga, 
  2. ^ "Πώς βγήκε η λέξη «σκυλάδικο»;". 
  3. ^ Dimitris Maniatis (3 March 2015). "Ευχαριστώ τα σκυλάδικα" (in Greek). Ta Nea. 
  4. ^ Μusipedia: Σκυλάδικο
  5. ^ Artemis Leontis (2009). Culture and Customs of Greece. Greenwood Press. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-313-34296-7. The declasse version of bouzoukia is a certain kind of dive known by the charming name skyladiko, meaning "haunt of dogs" 
  6. ^ Αντωνης Καρκαγιαννης (22 December 2002). "Το έτυμον της λέξεως «σκυλάδικο»". Kathimerini.