Xenia (band)

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Xenia
Origin Rijeka, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1981 – 1985
Labels Jugoton
Croatia Records (comps.)
Past members Vesna Vrandečić
Robert Funčić
Marinko Radetić
Joško Serdarević

Xenia was a Croatian pop rock band from Rijeka, active in period 1981–1985 in former Yugoslavia. Their discography includes two 7" singles singles and two studio albums.[1]

Biography[edit]

The band was formed in 1981 by Vesna Vrandečić and Robert Funčić. Debut album Kad nedjelja prođe (When Sunday's Over) was recorded in "Tira Recording Studio" in Torsby, Sweden, produced by Tihomir Varga, and was released by Jugoton. Two biggest hits from this album were "Iznenadi me" and "Moja prijateljica". The line-up on this album was: Vesna Vrandečić (vocals), Robert Funčić (guitar), Marinko Radetić (bass) and Joško Serdarević (drums).[2] In 1998, Kad nedjelja prođe was voted the 89th greatest album of Yugoslav pop and rock music by the critics in the book YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike.

The second album, titled Tko je to učinio? (Who Did It?) was recorded in "JM Sound" studio in Zagreb and produced by Vedran Božić. It was released by Jugoton in 1984.[1] All the songs were composed by Robert Funčić and the original line-up was kept. This album brought their greatest hit "Troje" (with two different music videos), and other notable songs "Svejedno" and "Sasvim slučajno". "Troje" was voted the 73rd best Yugoslav song of all time by radio B92 in 2006.

The band disbanded in 1985 with only two studio albums released, but is considered one of the most important representatives of the Yugoslav rock music of the '80s.[2] Croatia Records rereleased their two studio albums as a compilation in February, 2010.[3]

Legacy[edit]

The album Kad nedjelja prođe was polled in 1998 as 89th on the list of 100 greatest Yugoslav popular music albums in the book YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike (YU 100: The Best albums of Yugoslav pop and rock music).[4] In 2006 the song "Troje" was ranked #73 on the B92 Top 100 Domestic Songs list.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Kad nedjelja prođe (Jugoton, 1983)[2]
  • Tko je to učinio? (Jugoton, 1984)

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Moja prijateljica"/"Povezi me" (Jugoton, 1982)
  • "Troje"/"Zadnji put" (1983)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Discogs
  2. ^ a b c BalkanUk.com: Xenia Archived 3 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine., 6 June 2005 (Serbian)
  3. ^ 2 na 1 – Xenia Archived 21 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Radio Dalmacija (Croatian)
  4. ^ Antonić, Duško; Štrbac, Danilo (1998). YU 100: najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike. Belgrade: YU Rock Press. p. 55. 
  5. ^ The B92 Top 100 Domestic Songs list at B92 official site Archived 28 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 2 NA 1 XENIA (Croatian)
  7. ^ 2Na1 Collection

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