Thursday, 4 May 2017

áPolóK - Egyedül A Világon -1993- (Tape, Artalom), Hungary


Time for another cassette by Hungarian cultband áPolóK (trans. The Nurses) after two of their other releases I posted on the blog before. áPolóK comes from the Hungarian city of Miskolc and started out in 1982. They are ranked among Hungary's finest weirdo avant-garde groups. They can be placed among other Hungarian underground bands from the eighties and nineties like A.E. Bizottság (Albert Einstein Committee), Kampec Dolores, Tudósok, Vágtázo Hallottkémek and many others.

Their humoristic hyper-intelligent lyrics combine the insanity of the Hungarian culture with great poetic depth and absurdity. áPolóK is a quite unique band in Hungary mashing up a Rock In Opposition sound that contains unorthodox transitions in zappaesque ways with a great punk attitude and alternative rock manoeuvres. It's a band that is very underrated and deserves a lot more attention.

Egyedül A Világon (alone in the world) was áPolóK's first album that was also published abroad as a CD in England which was translated to The One And Only In The World (get that one here!). The cassette was self-released on their own Artalom label (it's a word merging the words Art and Content with each other.) I think this album is one of the stronger releases and shows a more developed sound of the band. The musical quality is keeping the right pace with the showcased absurdity. Some of the members of áPolóK are still playing in bands in Hungary like the absurd punk group Büdösök. Again check out their other releases in the archive of this blog.

Highly Recommended!

Get it - in all its original cassette glory - HERE

4 comments:

  1. Good stuff. I have this on CD, but am looking for their “Szarvasgyar”, from 1995.

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  2. Hello Blog friend!

    Yeah me too, would love to find that one. I will do my best the next time I'm back in Hungary, but those old cassettes are not easy to find. Otherwise I will ask around for sure in my circles there!

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  3. Btw "Szarvasgyár" is a wordplay meaning "Deer Factory" and "Shit Iron Factory". Again refering to the industry city of Miskolc and the absurdity. Great great stuff.

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