Tuesday, August 4, 2020

THE PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE - Prague, Czechoslovakia (1968 - 2020)

The Plastic People of the Universe is a band from Prague, Czechoslovakia.The band was created in 1968 or 69, and still performs today in one form or another.
Their music was considered to be subversive, so they were not popular with the government and were continually harassed and hassled.
If you think the government of the U.S. is oppressive today, then try wrapping your brain around the fact that the Nazi party abolished jazz upon its occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938.
In 1964, the music of The Beatles was introduced to the whole world, and after that their was no turning back.
Besides The Beatles, The Plastic People Of The Universe were influenced by bands like The Velvet Underground, The Fugs, The Doors, Captain Beefheart, and The Mothers Of Invention, from who they drew their name.
The Plastic People Of The Universe and their tale has been well documented, so if you want to know the whole story, here are a couple of great links!

In 1968, The Plastic People released an LP called "Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club banned."

This song titled "Magické Noci" was from that album and will give you a good idea of how their music sounded!

This "Live" tape was released in 1992.

This record called "Leading Horses" came out in 1983, and there were many more that you can check out right HERE!

These days we live in troubled times, and I don't know of a better example of perseverance in the face of adversity than The Plastic People Of The Universe!! 
 Despite all the pain and sorrow they have had to endure just trying to have fun and be creative, The Plastic People Of The Universe have come a long way!

Thanx to Chris Phinney of Harsh Reality Music for the suggestion!

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