The Plastic People Of The Universe (a name inspired by
Frank Zappa's second album),
formed in Prague by bassist Milan Hlavsa in 1968 (right after the Soviet
invasion), played avantgarde rock music that was reminiscent of the
Velvet Underground, the
The line-up consolidated in 1969-70 by their mentor Ivan Jirous around
guitarist Josef Janicek, viola player Jiri Kabes and (briefly)
Canadian vocalist Paul Wilson became the main
psychedelic act of Eastern Europe.
In 1972 they adopted a more "progressive" sound, adding saxophonist Vratislav
Brabenec to the stew. This phase is documented by their first cassette,
Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club Banned (1974), released in 1978 in
western Europe, and by the subsequent releases:
Pasijove Hry Velikonocni/ Passion Play (1978) and
Jak Bude Po Smrti/ What It's Like After Death (1979).
Despite unrelenting persecution (and frequent arrests)
by the Communist authorities, the PPOTU
remained a center of cultural resistance, and recorded
Co Znamena Vesti Kone/
Leading Horses (1981),
Kolejnice Duni/ Rails Rumble (1982),
the unreleased Hovezi Prazka/ Beef Slaughter (1984) and
Pulnocni Mys/ Midnight Mouse (1986).
They dissolved in 1988, just before the communist regime collapsed.
Hlavsa formed Pulnoc, which released Pulnoc (1990) and
City of Hysteria (1991).
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