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URBANA GERILA

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Urbana Gerila (Serbian Cyrillic: Урбана Герила, trans: Urban Guerrilla) was a former Yugoslav punk rock and New Wave band from Belgrade. The band is notable as the participant of the Artistička radna akcija project in 1981. In 1982, the band members formed an ad hoc group Berliner Strasse (Berlin Street), influenced by post-punk and krautrock, performing songs with lyrics in German language.

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Initially named Punkreteni (Punkmorons), the teenage band existed for less than two years during the early 1980s. Punkreteni consisted of Branko Rosić (bass), Vladimir Arsenijević (guitar), Zoran “Cane” Kostić (vocals) and Slobodan “Loka” Nešović (guitar). All of the members were 13 to 15 years old. After a few weeks the band changed the name to Urbana Gerila. Nešović soon left the band to form his own called Defektno Efektni. The first live appearance the band had made at the Palilula Cultire Olympics, in 1980, which was one of the first performances of a punk rock band in Belgrade. Later, the band became a cult attraction and, even though they had no recordings, managed to sell out the Zagreb Lapidarij.

The band’s two tracks, “Proces” (“The Trial”) and “Bez naslova” (“Untitled”) were released on the Artistička radna akcija (Artistic Work Action) various artists compilation in late 1981, on which Nešović’s Defekno Efektni also appeared. The band performed two more songs, “Beograd” (“Belgrade”) and “Ipak bojim se rata” (“Yet, I am Afraid of the War”), written before Nešović’s departure, however, they were never released.

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