Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Gogol Bordello is a fiery stew of gypsy music, punk rock, bawdy cabaret, Slavic dirges, and three-penny Brechtian opera for the common man. Rough and tumble and surreal, these artful dodgers are debauched yet somehow innocent as ragamuffin pickpockets. Take their leader, Eugene Hütz. A mystical outsider, a far-flung scatterling from the post-Soviet diaspora, Hütz is originally from the Ukraine and has lived as a refugee in Poland, Hungary, Austria and Italy. He is a patchwork effigy of all these places, a crazy quilt flag of many flags, and he leads the band with the ragged determination of a survivor. Gogol Bordello would be great for a party or a revolution, but you probably wouldn't want them moving in upstairs.

Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello

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