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Czech rock group founded in 1988 and led by Milan Hlavsa as a successor to The Plastic People of the Universe. Disbanded in June 1993.

In June 1986, Czechoslovakia hosted its first national rock festival, Rockfest 86. Many previously banned groups were allowed to perform and it appeared that the rock scene was beginning to show signs of liberalization. Late in 1987, hints were being dropped by Czech officials that if the group changed their name from the Plastic People, they would be granted a license. In April 1988, the Plastic People of the Universe broke up over disagreements on the issue of changing the name. Jan Brabec, the drummer, maintained that he would play as the Plastic People or not at all, and quit.

Hlavsa then formed a new band, Pulnoc, meaning “midnight”. Hlavsa chose Pulnoc as the name for the band because it reflected not an end but a transformation of the Plastic People. “Midnight is a very special time”, Hlavsa explained. “It is when one day dies and another is born. And yet there is continuity. That is how it is with this band.” Along with the core of the Plastic People (Hlavsa, Kabes, Janicek), the new band featured a younger generation of musicians, including Hlavsa’s sister-in-law, Michaela Nemcova, an operatically-trained singer and music teacher, Karel Jancak, a 23-year-old guitarist who had played in a Prague punk band, cellist Tomas Schilla, and drummer Petr Kuzamandas.


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