Plastic People of the Universe
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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 Doors and Captain Beefheart. 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). (Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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