"In a genre of music full of interesting and extreme characters, Satan
Panonski stands out as one of the all-time punk rock heavies. Born Ivica
Culjak in the northeastern corner of Croatia in then-Yugoslavia, Culjak
had an average Yugo childhood - good at school, many friends, a member
of Tito’s Little Pioneers. But once he hit his teens he was a bit of
trouble. After being sent to a German bording school in the late 70s, he
discovered the Sex Pistols and punk rock, ran away back to home, and
became a fixture in the local punk scene.
An uber-fan of Croatian punk pioneers Pogreb X, he was drafted as front
man. He quickly created name for himself as Satan Panonski through
shocking lyrics and a confrontational stage show that involved self
mutilation. A year into the band, he killed a man in self-defense and
spent nearly a decade in a state mental hospital for criminals. In his
cell/room he turned his attention to art, writing and constructing
sounds and songs. On weekends he would get leave to jam his idea with
members of Majki, Kotjoti, and other Croatian punk greats. He played
many live shows and recorded. Two albums of material were released on
cassette and LP on the Slušaj Najglasnije! label. The music is a wild
mix of straight ahead KBD style punk, punk cut with Croatian folk
rhythms, and mind boggling, dark, experimental pieces.
Through performance and the Slušaj Najglasnije! releases, Satan Panonski
became the most popular punk rocker in all of Yugoslavia...and then the
wars came. Responding to Serbian attacks on his village, he joined in
Croatia’s defense and was soon killed under mysterious circumstances.
Though dead, Slušaj Najglasnije! kept Satan Panonski’s music alive. Word
of mouth and the internet grew the Satan Panonski. Unfortunately fans
have only had access to MP3 and low quality song streams. The original
tapes and the one vinyl release are long out of print and fetch
collector prices. It is past time for a proper presentation of this
Culled from Satan Panonski’s three cassette releases, S.S. has come up
with one solid album of material that reflects Satan Panonski’s music.
The sound quality on this surpasses what has been previously released
(transferred from the original tapes, master to vinyl by John Golden).
The cover art uses Ivica Culjak’s own artwork. Also included is a 16
page booklet with a long biographical essay on Ivica Culjak/Satan
Panonski, lyrics in the original Croatian and English, as well Culjak’s
drawings and many photos. The essay and lyric translation are both
special for this release and many of the drawings and photos have not
been seen elsewhere." - SS RECORDS
This is a vinyl only release.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 02 October, 2013.