Umrijeti za strojem
Umrijeti za strojem
The choice of not to sing in English for this occasion was further encouraged by the work of other electronic contemporaries - Monofonik, Ilegalne emocije, Etui Etui Soniczoil or VIS Lollobrigida among others. In 2005, during a stay on the Debris Files' forum, UZS got into discussion with other people, among them the Underbottom Records' representative Pacija, who initiated the Paraf electro-pop tribute; the idea was so appealing two others - aforementioned Monofonik, and Format A:3 from Novi Sad, also provided their excellent visions of Paraf originals - the songs 'Kao rane tresnje' ('Early Cherry Blossoms'), 'Zelim biti vojnik' ('I Want To Be a Soldier') and 'Ruzan San' ('A Bad Dream'). At first, UZS provided a number of visual proposals, using Paraf memorabilia to express the social struggle of their times. However, after a brief response among forum's members, the initiative was put on ice, due to Underbottom's elsewhere activities in the electronic music field. UZS musical contribution in the wake of tribute's proposal came slightly later, after the debut 3" single - 'Strana A' ('Side A', UZS1Rp). The song is a study on Alzheimer desease, most notably amnesia as one of its more expressive symptoms, a melancholic but energetic synth-pop tune.
In this respect, the cover features the image of Alois Alzheimer on the front and his first patient, Auguste D., on the rear. Two additional numbers - the instrumental 'Varijacija na temu B' ('Variation Theme B') and eventually 'Jednostavno' ('So Simple'), the latter also featuring a line 'Umrijeti za strojem', struck minor popularity with tiny group of close friends and acquaintants. Both - 'Urban Music' and 'Borderline Music' radio shows occasionally included 'Jednostavno' in their playlists. In early 2007, encouraged to continue with minimal structures, UZS finally appeared with two Paraf covers - 'Napunjeno vrijeme' ('Filling Time') and 'Odlazak' ('Departure'), both recorded in The Room early in 2007 and were kindly mastered by Konrad Medvedov (who also provided an archive footage video for 'Jednostavno'), now available as an independent release, a 3" CD 'Spomenik Parafu' ('Monument to Paraf', UZS2p) - the title originally suggested for Underbottom's compilation project.
UZS performed these two songs in front of a tiny audience, as part of the combined live gig in Palach club in Rijeka, December 2007. In early 2008 due to Punk's 30th anniversary, Paraf performed a brilliant reunion concert in Zagreb - for this occasion UZS collected all of the cover attempts so far (including those by Monofonik and Format A:3) and issued a special package as a giveaway-only to the members of both Paraf's line-ups. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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