Grupa I
Grupa I was a Serbia
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n and former Yugoslav
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 New Wave
New Wave music
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 band from Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. According to official results of Census 2011, the city has a population of 1,639,121. It is one of the 15 largest cities in Europe...

, active in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


The band was formed on January 1979 by guitarists Dejan Kostić and Predrag Mijović, drummer Branko Kuštrin "Mango" (a former Tarkus member), bassist Branko Kojić (a former Zdravo
Zdravo (band)
Zdravo was a former Yugoslav euro disco group from Belgrade.-Band history:The group was formed in 1976 by the disk jockey Boban Petrović. Having gathered several teenagers and several Belgrade musicians, Petrović intended to form a band which would perform communicative disco music with funk...

 member), and vocalist Branko Bogićević. The lineup recorded their debut single "Sestra Vera" ("Sister Vera"), with "Miris ulice" ("The Smell of the Street") as the single B-side, released by PGP-RTB
PGP-RTB was a major record label and chain record store in the former SFR Yugoslavia based in Belgrade, Socialist Republic of Serbia. PGP-RTB was established in 1958...

 in 1979, after which Bogićević left the band, and bassist Kojić took over the vocal duties.

The debut album Na svom talasu (Making Our Waves), released by PGP-RTB in 1980, presented a combination of diverse musical influences, including hard rock
Hard rock
Hard rock is a loosely defined genre of rock music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic rock...

, power pop
Power pop
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, ska
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 and reggae
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. The album, recorded at the PGP-RTB studio V, during the Summer 1980, featured the prominent tracks "Tinejdž bluz" ("Teenage Blues"), "G.S.B-S.O.S.", "Jugo rok" ("Yugo Rock"), featuring a quotation from the chorus of the Vatreni Poljubac song "Doktor za rokenrol" ("PhD for rock & roll"), and "Mirela" ("Mirella"), was produced by Slobodan Marković, who also appeared as song arranger and guest keyboard player. After the album release, guitarist Predrag Mijović left the band, quitting his musical career and moving to Botswana
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In the meantime, the band had released the single "Sa tobom, bez tebe" ("With You, Without You"), with "Bekstvo" ("Escape") as the B-side. The B-side appeared on the following studio album, I zvuci za I ljude (I Sounds for I People), also featuring the notable tracks "Nove vrednosti" ("New Values") and "Složena procedura opstanka" ("A Complex Survival Procedure"), mainly ska oriented. Guest appearances featured Vuk Vujačić (saxophone) and Disciplina Kičme
Disciplina Kičme
Disciplina Kičme , is a Serbian band, one of the two spin-offs of the seminal Yugoslav New Wave and later post-punk band Šarlo Akrobata, the other being Ekatarina Velika...

 frontman Dušan Kojić "Koja"
Dušan Kojic
Dušan Kojić "Koja" is a Serbian rock bassist, singer and songwriter. He is the frontman of the Serbian Alternative rock band Disciplin A Kitschme .- Compilation albums :...

 (backing vocals), who also produced the dub
Dub music
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 version of "Nove vrednosti" which appeared on the four-track EP
Extended play
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 of the same name, released in 1982 by PGP-RTB. After the EP release, the band ceased to exist.


Kostić formed the influential alternative rock
Alternative rock
Alternative rock is a genre of rock music and a term used to describe a diverse musical movement that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular by the 1990s...

 band Du-Du-A in 1981, with whom he continued working throughout the 1980s and the 1990s. He had also made a guest appearance on the Bebi Dol album Ruže i krv, playing guitar and bass, and wrote the music for the first Yugoslav movie to deal with drug abuse
Drug abuse
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, Pejzaži u magli (Fogscapes).

Kuštrin made a guest appearance on the Du-Du-A debut single "Ja Tarzan ti Džejn" ("I Tarzan
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 you Jane
Jane Porter (Tarzan)
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"), released in 1982. During the same year, on February, he became the drummer of Katarina II, and remained the band member until the following year. He had also performed with Doktor Spira i Ljudska Bića
Doktor Spira i Ljudska Bića
Doktor Spira i Ljudska Bića was a Serbian New Wave/alternative rock band from Belgrade.- Mira i Spira, band formation :...

 and Električni Orgazam
Električni Orgazam
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, appearing on their debut self-titled album
Električni Orgazam
Električni Orgazam is a Serbian rock band from Belgrade. Originally starting as a combination of New Wave, punk rock and post-punk, the band later slowly changed their style, becoming a mainstream rock act.- New Wave years :...

 and the tour following the release of the 1983 cover album
Cover Album
-Tracklisting:#Misono to Utaou! Animedley I # #...

 Les Chansones Populaires
Les Chansones Populaires
-Personnel:*Grof — bass guitar*Piko — drums*Ljubomir Jovanović — guitar*Srđan Gojković — guitar, lead vocals*Ljubomir Đukić — piano, synthesizer, vocals...

. He had committed suicide in 1985.

External links

  • Grupa I at Discogs
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  • Grupa I at Youtube
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