The Books of Knjige
|The Books of Knjige|
|Medium||Television, Radio, Music|
|Genres||Sketch comedy, Surreal humour, Parody|
|Subject(s)||The politics, social issues, Montenegrin mentality, and pop-culture.|
|Notable works and roles||
The Books of Knjige is the name of the Montenegrin comedy troupe and alternative rock band from Cetinje, also known as TBOK, Booksovci or Buksovci. It consists four members: Popaj (Aleksandar Radunović), Goran (Goran Vujović), Gajo (Veselin Gajović) and Zonjo (Zoran Marković). They have made numerous TV comedy shows, an alternative rock album and host a weekly radio show on Radio Antena M. Their name, "The Books of Knjige" is an absurd for itself, since knjige means books in Montenegrin language. They are also registered as an NGO in Montenegro.
Members of this troupe grew up as close friends in Cetinje, Montenegro. They have been known in the city for their frequent practical jokes and amateur comedy shows, which started their popularity. They have also hosted series of humorous shows on Radio Cetinje.
In 2016, The Books of Knjige recorded their first feature parody mystery film titled "Cases of Justice" (Slučajevi pravde), which is to be aired in October 2017. The project was initially conceived as a TV series, but the change of plans took place after Prva TV withdrew the funding after the pilot episode aired in 2012.
The Books of Knjige have published only one official album, "Moja Domovina" ("My Homeland") in 2000. It was released by "Balkan Productions". Its first single, "Moja Domovina", was temporarily blocked on RTCG for its allegedly controversial content. Their genre is alternative rock, with predominantly humorous lyrics.
Also, in 2006 they have recorded a single "Bjež'te drogaši" ("Go Away, You Druggies") as a part of the Montenegrin Government's anti-drug campaign. They also recorded a duet with Edo Maajka in 2007, titled "Ja suludan neću biti" ("I Won't Be Crazy").
Moja Domovina (2000)
- "Intro (skit)"
- "Đaoli me znali"
- "Kao da cvijeće umije da pleše"
- "Moja domovina"
- "Da je šćelo bit da bude moglo je bit"
- "Neka si pošla"
- "Sanjam da te znam"
- "Smoki II"
- "Gumena pjesma"
- "Still Got the Blues (Kako mi je...)"
- Before each song there is a short comical skit as its intro, recorded as a separate track.
The Books of Knige have hosted a radio show for a while on local Radio Cetinje, mostly consisting of previously prepared skits on current topics. In 1998, they have signed a contract with Radio Antena M, and are doing a weekly Friday night show on that radio station.
The show is simply called "The Books of Knjige" and is on air live every Friday night, at midnight. It lasts for two hours. Popaj, Gajo and Goran are the show hosts, while fourth member, Zonjo, is a producer and DJ. The show is usually composed from three parts. The first one is a humorous talk about current events, with a satirical retrospect to last week's current events. The second part usually consists of talking with two guests, and making fun of them mercilessly. The guests are either popular singers, film directors and other famous people from Balkans or people with very bizarre occupations, hobbies or sexual preferences. The third, last part of the show is usually a series of skits, or simply a free talk about topics the hosts feel like talking about.
The Books of Knjige have recorded multiple TV comedy shows, broadcast on Montenegrin TV channels, RTCG and IN TV. Their shows are a mix of satire and paradox, often compared to the works of Monty Python and Top Lista Nadrealista.
List of TV shows:
- TBOK Top Volley (parody on a popular TV lottery)
- Agrosaznanje 1 (parody on an RTCG agriculture show, part 1)
- Agrosaznanje 2 (parody on an RTCG agriculture show, part 2)
- "O Porijeklu Crnogoraca" ("About the Montenegrins' Ancestry")
- "Emisija Koja Ide na Televiziju Poneđeljkom oko 9 uveče"("Show That Goes on Television on Mondays Around 9 p.m.")
- Novogodišnji Kalendar ("New Year Calendar")
- Novogodisnji Program (parody on several IN TV shows)
The troupe members declare themselves as Montenegrins by nationality, and also consider themselves speakers of the Montenegrin language. They used to be supporters of former LSCG and independence of Montenegro. They are also harsh critics of the Serbian Orthodox Church, especially Metropolitan Amfilohije, who is a frequent target of their sarcasm. Besides SOC, regular targets of criticism are all political parties, including the Montenegrin Government, privatization process in Montenegro, turbo folk singers, and many other public persons and current controversies in Montenegrin society. Their political views are decisive and publicly expressed continuously, although mostly in a humoristic fashion.