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Gogol Bordello is a multi-ethnic Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Sidemarker of New York Citymarker that formed in 1999 and is known for its theatrical stage shows. Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music, as its core members are immigrants from Eastern Europe. The band incorporates minor-key accordion and violin (and on some albums, saxophone) mixed with punk and dub.

History and influences

Nikolai Gogol, the band's namesake, was an ideological influence 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 Ohuetz on Ridge Street, 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 four full-length albums, and one EP. In 2005 the band signed to punk label SideOneDummy Records. The band has toured tirelessly throughout Europe and Americamarker on numerous international festivals and 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.

Appearances

Television

The band was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live (March 22, 2006 and September 5, 2007), on The Late Show with David Letterman (July 31, 2007), on The Henry Rollins Show (August 10, 2007), on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (July 30, 2008), and on Programa do Jô (brazilian talk show) they gave an interview and played the songs 'Wonderlust King' and 'Lela Pala Tute' (10 November, 2009). They have also appeared on the Later With Jools Holland show (BBC Television)

The song '60 Revolutions' was featured on season 2 episode 12, 'Trapdoor' of the TV drama Life.

Music festivals

Gogol Bordello has appeared in many festivals worldwide throughout the past decade. However, a significant step towards greater publicity was made when Eugene Hütz and violinist Sergey Ryabtsev joined Madonna on stage. Hütz and Ryabtsev performed "La Isla Bonita / Lela Pala Tute" with Madonna at the Londonmarker Live Earth concert on July 7, 2007.They appeared at the Reading and Leeds festival UK on the main stage august 24 and 25 2007, Gogol Bordello made its first appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 1, 2008. The band has also played Coachella and Bonnaroo 2007 and 2008. They also performed with Les Claypool and Kirk Hammett in SuperJam of Bonnaroo 2008 where the songs of Tom Waits were performed. Gogol Bordello also performed on the first day of Virgin Mobile Festival on August 9, 2008. They performed in Austin for ACLmarker 2008 on September 26. They performed at the L.A. Weekly Detour Festival on October 4, 2008 along with bands such as Data Rock and The Mars Volta. They also performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2008 in San Francisco on October 5, at Tim Festival on October 24 and 25 occurred in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Optimus Alive! in Oeiras, Portugal on 10 July 2008. They also performed at Edgefest in Arizona in October 2008. They are scheduled to appear at Sasquatch Memorial Day weekend, Diversafest on July 24 and the All Points West Music & Arts Festival on August 1, 2009. The band has also been known to play Warped Tour. On May 25, 2009 the band played the Sasquatch Music Festival in George, Washington. On July 4, 2009, they played at Roskilde Festivalmarker on the Orange stage, where they replaced Lil' Wayne, who had canceled his show due to illness. They got a 6-star review in the festival newspaper, as the only band that year. Two days after they appeared at Rock for People, the Czech Republicmarker festival, on the Ceska Sporitelna Stage. Also recently they appeared at Mile High Music Festival.They recently played Voodoo Fest on October 31st, 2009

Film

The developing of the band was documented in the film Gogol Bordello Non-Stop directed by Margarita Jimeno. Jimeno's debut follows the band's rise from underground legends to international fame from 2001 to 2007.

Eugene Hütz was interviewed in Kill Your Idols, a 2004 documentary on New York's "No Wave" music scene.

In Liev Schreiber's 2005 directorial debut Everything Is Illuminated, which stars Elijah Wood, the role of Alexander Perchov was played by Eugene Hütz. It also includes other Gogol Bordello members. The band's music was also the backbone of the soundtrack for the 2006 film Wristcutters: A Love Story where a main character played by Shea Whigham was named after and based on Eugene.

The band's lead singer Eugene Hütz starred in the documentary film The Pied Piper of Hützovina, about his journey through Europe and back home as a Gypsy musician.

The entire band has been featured in another directorial debut - Madonna's film Filth and Wisdom, starring Eugene Hütz as one of the main characters. Madonna also allowed Eugene to add his own dialogue into the script.

Line-up

Current members



Former members



Discography

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EPs



Singles



Compilations



Side Projects



Filmography

  • 2005 - Everything Is Illuminated - Eugene Hütz plays one of the main characters in the movie and members of the band (Sergei Ryabtsev, Yuri Lemeshev, Pamela Racine) make appearances.
  • 2006 - The Pied Piper Of Hützovina - Documentary by Pavla Fleischer about a road trip she and Eugene Hütz took to Ukraine.
  • 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" and "Occurrence on the Border") features in the film as that recorded by character Eugene's old band.
  • 2008 - Filth and Wisdom - The entire band appeared in an indie film directed by Madonna.
  • 2008 - Gogol Bordello Non-Stop - Is a music documentary debut directed by Margarita Jimeno. A behind-the-scenes look at the Gypsy Punk band Gogol Bordello and their charismatic front man Eugene Hütz, documenting their steps from 2001-07. | url =http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477002/


References

  1. Billboard, Allmusic


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