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Parni Valjak

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Zagreb, Croatia (1975 – present)

Parni valjak (“Steamroller”) is a Croatian and former Yugoslav rock band, formed in 1975. They were one of the top acts of the former Yugoslav Rock scene, and one of the top rock-and-roll bands in Croatia.

On their first record, the members of the Zagreb group said that they were a rock ‘n’ roll band. They then proved it with numerous successful live appearances. On their second album, they promised that they were willing to go headlong through walls, while on their third album, the first to be internationally distributed, they said that they were city kids who beside being musicians were fond of stories.

The fourth album “Vruce igre” (“Hot games”) which was like it predecessor recorded in the CBS Milan studios dwelt on the favorite themes of the founding members, singer Aki Rahimovski and guitarist/composer Husein Hasanefendic. To cool things down, they went to Sweden to record the next, prophetically titled album “Vrijeme je na nasoj strani” (“Time Is On Our Side”) but there was no way to keep the steam down and in the Eighties and Nineties “Parni Valjak” (in Croatian “Steam Roller”) fulfilled all the promises of previous albums, all of which went gold or platinum and achieved sales in the millions. The current group has played together since 1988.

During the recording of the album “Sjaj u ocima” the rhythm section was rejuvenated and infused with new musical ideas with the arrival of bass player Zorislav Preksavec and drummer Drazen Scholz, who joined the remaining founder members Hasanefendic and Rahimovski.

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