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Griva was a former Yugoslav hard rock/glam metal band.

Griva was formed in 1982 by former Ibn Tup members, vocalist Zlatko Karavla and guitarist Josip Sabo. The band’s first commercial success was a heavy metal cover of Lepa Brena’s song “Sitnije, Cile, sitnije” (Griva’s version was titled “Sitnije, sestro, sitnije”). The single with songs “Sitnije, sestro, sitnije” and “Tebi je važna samo lova” was given as a present to buyers of the comic book magazine Stripoteka.

Griva’s debut album Kog sam đavola tražio u tebi (What the Hell I Saw in You), released in 1983, was very successful. Griva became a support band on Divlje Jagode’s Yugoslav tour, but after several concerts, Griva members decided to start their own tour. The band also had several concerts outside Yugoslavia, and was an opening band for Motörhead on their concert in Pionir Hall in Belgrade. The band refused an invitation of Motörhead’s manager to join Motörhead as the opening band on the rest of their European tour.

New material recorded in 1985 was refused by Griva’s record label Jugoton. Album Nisi ni ti anđeo (You’re Not an Angel as Well) was released through an independent label Panonija Koncert, but was not followed by presentation in the media and a tour. Album featured a cover of Joan Jett’s song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Griva version titled “I law Myroslaw” (the title referring to folk music singer Miroslav Ilić). After the album was released, Zlatko Karavla recorded “Kaljinka”, a provocative song about Chernobyl disaster, with Divlje Jagode frontman Alen Islamović, but the broadcasting of the song was forbidden.

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