Infobox Musical artist
Name = Zdenko Kolar
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Genre = New Wave
Punk rock Art rockRock Blues
Years_active = 1969 – present
IdoliZona B Vlada Divljan & Old Stars Band Die Tonzentrale
Zdenko Kolar is a
Serbian bass guitarist, most notable as the member of Idoliand Zona B.
Kolar was born in
Zemunin 1956 where he lived until 1963 when he moved to inner town in Belgrade. He moved to a building where two of his future bandmates lived, Vlada Divljanand Boža Jovanović. In an interview Kolar noted that Divljan was the first boy he had met in his new neighborhood on the day his family was moving in.
First musical steps
In 1968 Divljan decided to take up playing and so did Kolar. Divljan managed to get a mandolin and later bought a guitar while Kolar got his first guitar by getting a vacuum cleaner on a newspaper lottery. His parents sold the vacuum cleaner and bought him a guitar. The two started learning how to play while watching others play in their neighborhood at the places where the young were gathering. Later they went to a guitar course at RU "Braća Stamenković" held by professor Branko Perišić.
In the meantime Kolar, Divljan and
Boža Jovanovićformed a band called Faraoni (Pharaohs) as Divljan at the time had a necklace from Egypt. The band was soon renamed to Hoplipe when the three found out there was a popular band from Koparcalled Faraoni. In May, 1969 the three had a very successful appearance at their school which Zdenko credits as the beginning of his musical career.
The first serious band Kolar and Divljan formed in 1976 called Merlin which was soon renamed to Zvuk Ulice. The lineup featured
Vlada Divljanfirst only on guitar and vocals, Kolar on bass, Kokan Popovićon drums, Dragan Mitrić on keyboards, Bora Atić on saxophone and Dragana Milković on piano and vocals.The band played a combination of melodic rock, hard rock and jazz rock. Beside their own tracks they also performed songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, etc.
The band had recording sessions at
Radio Belgradeand the recordings were broadcast on radio stations, but were never released. They performed at the last BOOM festival in Novi Sadand ZaječarGuitar festival in 1979. Since the drummer, Kokan Popović, had to go to serve the Yugoslav People's Armythe band split up.
Dečaci plus Bradonje, Idoli
In late 1979 Divljan created a conceptual band called Dečaci (The Boys) with
Nebojša Krstićand Srđan Šaper. The three, with Dragan Papić who was a kind of media activist. He published photographs of Dečaci in youth magazines "Vidici" and "Izgled". In the meantime the three tried to play together but without progress. Then Divljan invited Kolar and Boža Jovanovićto join the band and, since the both Kolar and Jovanović wore beards, the band was renamed to Dečaci plus Bradonje (The Boys plus The Bearded).
March 1, 1980the band was renamed to Idolion the first official rehearsal held that day. A month later Papić made a deal with "Vidici" to finanace the recording of the first Idolisingle which was released as a present with a copy of the magazine. The single " Pomoć, pomoć" / " Retko te viđam sa devojkama" became a local hit. The next single was released for Jugotonand performed the SuboticaYouth festival with the song "Zašto su danas devojke ljute".
In the meantime
Idoli, with Električni Orgazamand Šarlo Akrobataparticipated the " Paket aranžman" compilation. Kolar was credited as writer on the track "Amerika" which appeared to be the only Idolisong he appeared as writer. The release proved to be one of the most influential Yugoslav rockreleases. The band also prepared their debut record which came out to be a six song EPentitled VIS Idoli it was a huge success and was sold in about 200.000. After the release of the EP, Jovanović left the band and was replaced by Kolar's and Divljan's former band mate Kokan Popović.
In late 1981 the band entered the studio to record their first long play album. "Odbrana i poslednji dani" was released in early 1982 and proved to be a high appreciated album by the critics and a part of the fans, but due to non-commercial approach and sound, considered a failure by
Jugoton. The album was voted the best in 1982 and had the best album design. In 1985 "Džuboks" magazine voted the album to be the best Yugoslav rockalbum of the 20th century. The band had a tour following the record release after which Kolar left the band to serve the Yugoslav People's Armyand was replaced by Branko Isaković.
By the time Kolar came back from the army, the band had already split up. Together with
Branko Isaković, Kolar recorded bass parts on the last Idolirelease which is the "Šest dana juna" soundtrack album. After Idolisplit up, Kolar took a break with playing and got employed as trolley bus driver. He also worked as an actor in TV commercials.
Zona B, work with Vlada Divljan
In 1987 Kolar with drummer Dušan Ristić formed a blues band Zona B. In 1989 after several lineup changes the band featured Jovan Savić Lole (vocals), Dušan Bezuha Duda (guitar), Tomislav Rakijaš Toma (guitar) i Vladimir Filipović Buca (keyboards). The band performed blues classics on numerous appearances in
Serbiaand became one of the greatest Serbian club atractions. Kolar also played in Vlada Divljan's band on "Tajni život A. P. Šandorova" tour.
In 1991 Zona B released their debut album entitled "Bestseller" featuring cover versions of blues classics. The album was released by
PGP RTBand was produced by Dušan Bezuha. The next release was also a cover album,"Juke-Box" (released in 1993), this time featuring two Zona B songs written by Bezuha and Savić, My Woman and Don't Put Me Down. This release was the last featuring Savić, Rakijaš and Filipović.
In 1995 Kolar became the bassist of the
Vlada Divljanbacking band called the Old Stars Band also featuring Aleksandar Šandorov (keyboards), Srđan Gojković Gile (guitar, vocals), Marko Milivojević(drums) and Boris Bunjac (percussion). The band had two concerts at Novi Sad sad Studio "M", an NS Plus Unplugged and a regular show with electric equipment on January 18and 23, 1996. The material recorded from the shows was released on a live album entitled "Odbrana i zaštita" released through B92Records records. Divljan returned to Australiaand Kolar continued working with Zona B. Kolar also appeared in the "Lepa sela lepo gore" movie as Mirovnjak and "Sudbina jednog razuma" TV drama in 1996. He also appeared on the Električni Orgazamunplugged album as the band announcer.
The second time Divljan returned to
YugoslaviaKolar and the rest of the Old Stars Band recorded a soundtrack album for "Tri palme za dve bitange i ribicu" ("Three Palms Trees On The Isle Of Happiness). They also had a successful tour in Sloveniain July, 1998. When the tour ended Divljan and the Old Stars Band entered the studio in Novi Sadand recorded the "Sve laži sveta" album which was released in 2000 due to political situation in the country. In the meantime Vlada Divljanmoved to Vienna.
Petar Zarija (vocals), Pop Mašina former member Zoran Božinović (guitar, vocals) and Ljuba Đordević (harmonica) became new Zona B members. The new lineup performed the song "Negde daleko" which is a cover of a Pop Mašina hit which appeared on the Blues Summit Coupe Vol. 1 compilation. By the time "Pirat" was released, Đordević left the band so the band featured guitarist and producer Dadi Stojanović in 1999.
Vlada Divljanstarted working on the Die Tonzentrale project featuring Kolar on bass. The album came out in 2003 as "Vlada Divljan presents Die Tonzentrale". The style of the album was a combination of jazz, blues, pop, rock and electronic music. Zona B released a new record "Original" featuring only Zona B tracks in 2005. The album, like the previous was released by Duda Bezuha. Kolar also appeared as guest on Električni Orgazamalbum "Harmonajzer" in 2002 as backing vocalist.
In 2007 Zona B released the "Devil Blues" album and celebrated their 20th anniversary. The album design was done by Kolar. He also performed with the Old Stars Band. A the moment
Vlada Divljanis preparing his new album.
Pomoć, pomoć" / " Retko te viđam sa devojkama" (Izgled 1980) - single given as a present with the "Vidici" magazine
Maljčiki" / " Retko te viđam sa devojkama" ( Jugoton1981)
Ona to zna" / " Ljubavi" ( Jugoton, 1985) - single given as a present with the "Džuboks" magazine
* "VIS Idoli" (
Odbrana i poslednji dani" ( Jugoton, 1982)
* "Šest dana juna" (
Various Artists Compilations
Paket aranžman" ( Jugoton, 1980)
Svi marš na ples!" ( Jugoton, 1981)
Vrući dani i vrele noći" ( Jugoton, 1982)
Novi val osamdesetih" ( City Records, 2005)
Pop - Vol. 1" ( PGP RTS, 2005)
Retromanija osamdesetih" ( City Records, 2006)
With Vlada Divljan
* "Sve laži sveta" (Automatik, 2000) - as Vlada Divljan Old Stars Band
* "Vlada Divljan presents Die Tonzentrale" (B92 Records, 2003) - as Die Tonzentrale
* "Odbrana i zaštita" (B92 Records, 1996) - as Vlada Divljan Old Stars Band
* "Tri palme za dve bitange i ribicu" (Favi, 1998)
With Zona B
* "Zdravo-živo - Aleksinac 11.08.2006" (2007) - Official bootleg
Various artists compiltaions
* "Godine ljubavi" (
PGP RTB, 1982) - bassist on the debut U Škripcualbum
* "Harmonajzer" (
PGP RTS, 2002) - backing vocals on the Električni Orgazam2002 album
* "Živo i akustično" (B92 Records, 1996] ) - announcer on the
Električni Orgazamunplugged album
External links and references
* "EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006", Janjatović Petar; ISBN 978-86-905317-1-4
* [http://www.zona-b.com Official Zona B page]
* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Zdenko+Kolar Zdenko Kolar at Discogs]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1122669 Zdenko Kolar at imdb]
* [http://www.akordi.co.yu/arhiv/idoli/idoli.htm Zdenko Kolar interview (Serbian source)]
* [http://forum.krstarica.com/archive/index.php/t-2272.html Vlada Divljan interview (Serbian source)]
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