Laboratorija Zvuka
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Laboratorija Zvuka
Laboratorija Zvuka
Background information
OriginNovi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia
GenresRock, pop rock, new wave, alternative rock
1977 – 1996
LabelsPGP-RTB, Jugoton, Komuna
Luna, Pekin?ka Patka, Ekatarina Velika, Zemlja, To?ak i Nebo
Predrag Vrane?evi?
Mladen Vrane?evi?
Aleksandar Pejak
Stevan Luki?
Laslo Pihler
Vera Lajko
Dina Kurbatfinsky Vrane?evi?
Aleksandar Kravi?
Olah Vince
Renata Vigi
Ivan Ka?ik
De?e Molnar
Miroslav Cvetkovi?
Zoran Bulatovi?
Ivan Fece
Stojan Jovanovi?
Senad Ja?arevi?

Laboratorija Zvuka (Serbian Cyrillic: ; trans. Sound Laboratory), sometimes credited as Laboratorija (Laboratory) only, was a Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band. Noted for their eccentric style, erotic lyrics, unusual line ups and bizarre circus-inspired stage performances, Laboratorija Zvuka were one of the pioneers of the Serbian and former Yugoslav alternative rock scenes.


1970s and 1980s

The band's history begins in 1977, when brothers Predrag (an architect and former film critic, formerly a member of The Best of Nothing and Med) and Mladen Vrane?evi? (a former Falkoni and Neoplanti member) decided to form a band. The brothers previously worked together on music for films, theatre plays, radio and TV shows. They started working together in 1971, when they wrote music for Karpo Godina's short film Zdravi ljudi za razonodu (Healthy People for Recreation), on the lyrics of poet and musician Branko Andri?. For the music they were awarded on the Festival of Short and Documentary Film, which motivated them to continue composing, often receiving awards for their music in Yugoslavia and abroad. They wrote music for numerous films, including The Medusa Raft, Ve?ta?ki raj (Artificial Paradise), Jo? ovaj put (One Last Time), Kraj rata (End of the War), Oktoberfest, The Original of the Forgery, Full Moon Over Belgrade, and numerous TV shows, including Poletarac, Pri?e iz Nepri?ave, Fore i fazoni, ?ik pogodi ko sam, Lutkomedija.

The band, named Laboratorija Zvuka, featured musicians with whom the Vrane?evi? brothers previously worked in studio: Aleksandar Pejak (guitar), Stevan Luki? (guitar), Laslo Pihler (drums), Vera Lajko (vocals, keyboards), Dina Kurbatfinsky Vrane?evi? (Mladen Vrane?evi?'s wife, vocals), Aleksandar "Caki" Kravi? (bass guitar), and Olah Vince (violin). With the song "Dok vam je jo? vreme" ("While You Still Can") they appeared on the Opatija Festival. After the success of the single, they recorded their debut album. Telo (The Body), released through Jugoton in 1980,[1] was a concept album, with the A-side entitled Vrline (Virtues),[2] featuring the songs which celebrated asceticism and healthy lifestyle, and the B-side, entitled Poroci (Vices),[3] featuring songs about bodily pleasures. The album opens with an acted transmission from the bodybuilding competition in Ba?ki Jarak, and is followed by new wave-oriented (but also featuring elements of other genres) songs "Suvarak" ("Spall"), "Lepo telo" ("Pretty Body", featuring a quotation from Oliver Dragojevi?'s song "Oprosti mi, pape"), "Alkohol, ?ene i..." ("Alcohol, Women and...", featuring a quotation from the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"), "Bajna ma?ina" ("Fabulous Machine"), and other songs.[4]

On the concerts the band performed in a thirteen-piece lineup, which, beside the band members, featured the female singer Renata Vigi, drummer Ivan Ka?ik, but also the world bodybuilding champion Petar ?elik and his wife Irena. While the band was playing, ?elik was practicing his bodybuilding using various training devices. In 1980 the band released the 7" single featuring their biggest hit, the ska song "Ska-kavac joj za?'o u rukavac" ("Grasshopper Got in Her Sleeve"), which featured quotes from Crven ban, a collection of erotic folk poetry compiled by Vuk Karad?i?. The song also featured the debut appearance of the band's mascot, Vilmo? Kauboj (Vilmo? the Cowboy), real name Vilmo? Lakato?, a marginal character from the streets of Novi Sad, who toured with the band as an announcer.

The band's following album, Duboko u tebi (Deep inside You), released through Jugoton in 1982,[5] featured elements of rockabilly. The song "Zaboravljena draga" ("The Forgotten Beloved") was recorded for Zoran Amar's film Piknik u Topoli (Picnic in Topola), featuring lyrics written by Predrag Vrane?evi? and Slobodan Ti?ma, the member of Luna, and a former member of La Strada. However, as Ti?ma did not want to be known that he worked on the song lyrics, he was signed on the album as Bobo Misteriozo. The album also featured a cover of Larry Williams' "Bony Moronie", and "Odlazim dolazim" ("I'm Leaving I'm Coming"), recorded live in 1978, on the band's performance on the Subotica Festival Omladina.[6] At the time, the band's new members became De?e Molnar (saxophone), and Miroslav Cvetkovi? "Pis" (guitar). In 1982, the band performed in Germany, on the concerts organized by KPZ of Vojvodina for the children of Yugoslav guest workers. During this staying in Germany, the band recorded the electronic music-oriented single with the songs "Devica 69" ("Virgin 69") i "?etnja" ("A Walk").

In 1982, Predrag Vrane?evi?, in the name of the band, was charged because the band "insulted socialist moral and hurt patriotic feelings" of the citizens of Novo Mesto, SR Slovenia. Some citizens of Novo Mesto saw a poster announcing Laboratorija Zvuka concert and thought that the image of Vilmo? Kauboj insults the image of president Josip Broz Tito. Predrag Vrane?evi? was sentenced to 40 days in prison, but the whole case was soon hushed up as absurd and all charges were dropped.

In 1983 the band performed in Germany once again, and after a performance at the Zagreb Bienale Festival, which that year featured the bands Gang of Four and Classix Nouveaux, established contacts with English managers, and in August 1984 went to London, and during five evenings they performed in the Institute of Contemporary Arts, under the name La Boratoria. The happening, entitled Ja?u?i konje Svetog Marka (Riding Saint Mark's Horses), featured an art exhibition and a theatre play about a hero named PVC, an illegitimate son of Sergei Yesenin and Isadora Duncan. On the scene appeared the members of the band, ballet dancers, and bodybuilder Slobodan Blagojevi?. The performance was well received in the British press. During their staying in London, the band recorded a short documentary, entitled Kuda ide na?e malo dru?tvo (Where Is Our Small Society Heading To), with a screenplay written by Predrag, and directed by Mladen Vrane?evi?. At this time, Predrag Vrane?evi? started working with young bands, and helped Plavi Orkestar and Ru? in their first steps.

Laboratorija Zvuka, with Du?ica Ili? (first one from the left) and Vilmo? Kauboj (sitting)

In 1986 the band released the album Nevinost (Innocence),[7] in the new lineup, which, beside Predrag Vrane?evi? on keyboards, guitar and vocals, De?e Molnar on saxophone, and Mladen Vrane?evi?, Renata Vigy, and Dina Kurbatfinsky Vrane?evi? on vocals, featured a former Luna and Pekin?ka Patka member Zoran "Bale" Bulatovi? on guitar, a former Luna and Ekatarina Velika member Ivan Fece "Firchie" on drums, Stojan Jovanovi? on bass guitar, and Senad Ja?arevi? on keyboards. The band's new mascot, beside Vilmo? Kauboj, became a trans woman named Du?ica Ili? (born as Du?ko Ili?), who later became known as the clairvoyant under the name Kleopatra in the 1990s. The album featured rereleased songs from 7" singles, "Ska-kavac joj za?o u rukavac", "Devica", "?etnja", but also the notable tracks "Daj mi bugi, dam ti vugi" ("Give Me Boogie, I Give You Woogie"), "Mala moja, al' je paranoja" ("My Baby Is Paranoid"), "Vili, Vili" ("Willie, Willie").[8]


After a longer break in their work, the band, in 1996, released the album entitled in Serbian ijekavian, Nema ni?e te ljepote (There's No Such a Beauty), through Komuna.[9] The title track was recorded for the Tourism Association of Montenegro, and the others were written during the band's career, but never appeared on any of the band's releases. The album featured ten songs, recorded in a minimalist manner and resembling demo recordings. The songs were written by Vrane?evi? brothers. The songs "Do I Dare" and "Vinyl Mirrors" were written on the poems of Johnatan Loyd, and the lyrics for the song "Mimi" were written after the motifs from Ivo Tijardovi?'s works.[10] The album was recorded by Vrane?evi? brothers, Molnar, Bulatovi?, and the backing vocals were sung by Milana Vrane?evi?, daughter of Mladen and Dina Vrane?evi?'s. After the album release, the band officially ended their activity.


In 1991, Predrag Vrane?evi? became the TV Novi Sad musical editor. He retired in 2005. In 2011, in cooperation with film director ?elimir ?ilnik, he created the opera Nema zemlja (Silent Land). The opera was based on Vrane?evi?'s 1971 rock opera Fabrike radnicima (Factories to the Workers).[11]

Mladen Vrane?evi? dedicated himself to marketing. He died on July 16, 2006.[12]

In 2007, the band was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Belgrade Festival of Short and Documentary Film.[13]


In 2006, the song "Ska-kavac joj za?'o u rukavac" was ranked No. 84 on the B92 Top 100 Domestic Songs list.[14]

In 2007, the band was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Belgrade Festival of Short and Documentary Film.[15]


Studio albums

  • Telo (1980)
  • Duboko u tebi (1982)
  • Nevinost (1986)
  • Nema ni?e te ljepote (1996)


  • "Dok vam je jo? vreme" / "Sve je to bilo u prole?e" (1978)
  • "Ko ne zna da se sme?i" / "Brek boks" (1978)
  • "Kad postanem slab i star" / "Kas" (1979)
  • "Mod-deran" / "Ska-kavac joj za?'o u rukavac" (1980)
  • "Poletarac"/ "Sto?i?u postavi se" / "Opro?taj od magneta" (1981)
  • "Devica 69" / "?etnja" (1982)
  • "Jo? ovaj put" / "Jo? ovaj put - instrumental" (1983)


  • EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006, Janjatovi? Petar; ISBN 978-86-905317-1-4
  • NS rockopedija, novosadska rock scena 1963-2003, Mijatovi? Bogomir; Publisher: SWITCH, 2005

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