Džukele were a Serbia
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n punk rock
Punk rock
Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock...

 band from Subotica
Subotica is a city and municipality in northern Serbia, in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina...



The band Phoenix was formed in 1991 by Dragan Neorčić (bass guitar
Bass guitar
The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

), Slobodan Vukosavljević (guitar
Electric guitar
An electric guitar is a guitar that uses the principle of direct electromagnetic induction to convert vibrations of its metal strings into electric audio signals. The signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak to drive a loudspeaker, so it is amplified before sending it to a loudspeaker...

, vocals), and Rudolf Aleksijević (drums
Drum kit
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). Together they recorded their first, seven-track demo at the Classic Studio, and a few months later, in February 1992, the band recorded yet another demo, featuring two songs. In April of the same year, former Allegro member Leonid Pilipović, also known as "Leo fon Punkerstein", joined the band and, as Phoenix '39, the band recorded their third demo recording, made in November at the Do-Re-Mi studio in Novi Sad
Novi Sad
Novi Sad is the capital of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina, and the administrative centre of the South Bačka District. The city is located in the southern part of Pannonian Plain on the Danube river....

. After the demo recording, the band was renamed to Džukele, and started performing live, including the 1993 Gitarijada
Gitarijada is a musical festival held in Zaječar, Serbia in order to promote demo bands. Held since 1969, Gitarijada is one of the longest lasting festivals in Serbia and in South Eastern Europe and the largest festival of young and unsinged bands in South Eastern Europe...

 festival in Zaječar
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, which was their first major live appearance, and, during February 1994, at the Brzi Bendovi Srbije Festival, where they were, along with Goblini
Goblini are a Serbian punk rock band from Šabac.- Formation, rise to prominence :...

, pronounced the greatest breakthrough of the year.

The band's debut album Gledajući u mrak
Gledajući u mrak
- Personnel :* Leo fon Punkerstein * Dragan Neorčić "Draža" * Rudolf Aleksić "Rudi" * Nenad Drašković * Leonid Pilipović "Leo" * Slobodan Vukosavljević "Bane"...

(Looking at the Dark), recorded on November 1993 at Do-Re-Mi studio, was released in May 1994 through Metropolis Records
Metropolis Records (Serbia)
Metropolis Records is a record label based in Belgrade, Serbia.Formed in 1994, the label is mainly oriented towards rock music, and has released albums by a numerous notable acts of the Serbian rock scene.- Artists :...

. On the album appeared the songs "Most" ("Bridge"), "Amerika" (America"), for which the band partially used the lyrics of Azra
Azra was a rock band from Zagreb that was popular across Yugoslavia in the 1980s. Azra was formed in 1977 by its frontman Branimir "Johnny" Štulić. The other two members of the original line-up were Mišo Hrnjak and Boris Leiner . The band is named after a verse from "Der Asra" by Heinrich Heine...

 hit "Pit, i to je Amerika" ("Pete, That Is Also America"), "Energija" ("Energy") and "Ne mogu da pobegnem" ("I Can't Escape"). The album also featured a cover version of The Police
The Police
The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the vast majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting , Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland...

 hit "Next To You", with lyrics in Serbian
Serbian language
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 entitled "Opasan grad" ("Dangerous Town"). The lyrics for the album were written by Vukosavljević, and the whole band was working on the music writing and album production. The album was promoted until December 1994, when Neorčić and Vukosavljević went to the army and Pilipović joined Goblini
Goblini are a Serbian punk rock band from Šabac.- Formation, rise to prominence :...


After a one-year break, on December 1995, the original lineup reunited and, in June 1996, performed at Zgaga Rock festival at Hotič pri Litiji near Ljubljana
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, Slovenia
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. After the performance, Aleksijević left the band and was replaced by Marselyeza member Vladimir Šarčević. In the meantime, in April, Metropolis Records reissued Gledajući u mrak on CD. The band also prepared their second album, Zubato Sunce
Zubato Sunce
- Personnel :* Leo fon Punkerstein * "Draža" * Prndža * Nenad Drašković * Leo...

(Toothed Sunbeam), recorded during September and October 1997. The album, produced by the band themselves with the help of Nenad Drašković and former Videosex
Videosex was a prominent synthpop group based in Yugoslavia . The group was led by the singer Anja Rupel. They recorded four albums. Their debut album, Videosex 84 appeared in 1983 and they played with bands such as Ekatarina Velika and Otroci socializma in Belgrade...

 member Janez Križaj, featured ten songs and guest appearances by Atheist Rap
Atheist Rap
Atheist Rap is a Serbian punk rock band from Novi Sad.- 1980s :The idea of forming Atheist Rap came to vocalists Aleksandar Popov, also known as "Dr. Pop", and Vladimir Kozbašić, also known as "Pećinko" at the Rambo Amadeus concert, which took place on November 29, 1988 at the local club Mašinac,...

, Goblini
Goblini are a Serbian punk rock band from Šabac.- Formation, rise to prominence :...

 and Generacija Bez Budućnosti members on backing vocals. The track "San" ("A Dream") featured cello
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, played by Slobodan Misailović, and the track "Sećanja" ("Memories") was written by Nenad Drašković. The album artwork, like on the previous album, was done by Pilipović.

The band's song "Umoran od tebe" ("Tiered of You"), originally released on the debut album, appeared on the Metropolis Records 1996 various artists compilation Ustani i kreni (Stand Up and Go), and, during the same year, their song "Amerika" appeared on the Kurvini sinovi (Suns of Whores) Komuna Belgrade
Komuna Belgrade
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 various artists compilation. Two years later, on October 26, 1998, the band performed at the Belgrade
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 KST and their performance of The Ramones' "Durango 95" and Šarlo Akrobata
Šarlo Akrobata
Šarlo Akrobata were a seminal Yugoslav rock band often categorized as late punk or New Wave, particularly art-oriented. Short-lived but extremely influential, in addition to being one of the most important acts of the Yugoslav New Wave scene, the three piece left an indelible mark on the entire...

's "Fenomen
Fenomen (Šarlo Akrobata song)
"Fenomen" is the song by the Serbian New Wave band Šarlo Akrobata, from the album Bistriji ili tuplji čovek biva kad..., released in 1981.- Cover versions :...

" ("Phenomenon") were released on the various artists live album Punk You All, released by Hi-Fi Centar
Hi-Fi Centar
Hi-Fi Centar was a record label based in Belgrade, Serbia.The company was originally formed in 1987 as a music store and was originally named Audio Klub Centar. In 1993 it changed the name to Hi-Fi Centar and moved to record publishing...

. The band continued their concert activities until they disbanded in 2002. In the meantime, Metropolis Records released the Metropolis vol.1 various artists compilation featuring the band's song "Ne mogu da pobegnem".

Studio albums

Title Released
Gledajući u mrak
Gledajući u mrak
- Personnel :* Leo fon Punkerstein * Dragan Neorčić "Draža" * Rudolf Aleksić "Rudi" * Nenad Drašković * Leonid Pilipović "Leo" * Slobodan Vukosavljević "Bane"...

Zubato Sunce
Zubato Sunce
- Personnel :* Leo fon Punkerstein * "Draža" * Prndža * Nenad Drašković * Leo...



Title Released
"Umoran od tebe"
"Durango 95"/
"Fenomen (Šarlo Akrobata song)"
"Ne mogu da pobegnem"

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