dêti z havel (dyetyi zh havel - children (out) of Havel) the impetus for the title and compilation was a quote from Vaclav Havel's liner notes for Pulnoc's 1991 recording City of Hysteria, an unsuccessful attempt by Arista to break them in the US. Pulnoc was an offshoot of The Plastic People, looking back to their rockier roots ala Velvet Underground. These notes were actually written in 1984, which accounts for references which were already part of the past in 1991, but were and are still relevant, I think. Note: the original text was all lower case and I have maintained that here.
"the plastics live in prague. in czechoslovakia. in central europe. their spiritual home is this ethnically, culturally and historically diverse focus of european history. traditionally, this has been the first battleground and the first victim in struggles which begin as european struggles, and end up as something worldwide. it is a crossroads of both european ideas and european armies, the inevitable object of geopolitical interests and a target of modern weapons, impending dangers always seem to be felt here first, and more urgently than elsewhere. it is a great reservoir of differences and a great gene pool of ideas that emanate from it, ideas that are often bizarre and difficult to fathom and yet which sometimes prove to be surprisingly farsighted. prague - that "magical city" built on a medieval town plan - lies at the very centre of this central europe, and though from a distance it may seem no more than the artificially ornate capital of an artificially ornate soviet satellite, it breathes its own irrepressible breath, which is continually bursting to the surface, and imparting its own qualities to imported structures.
prague teenagers don't need to read meyrink, kafka, musil, hasek, klima or hrabal, and they don't need to listen to schoenberg or webern, they don't need to know much history - and still, they will be central european in their sensibilities, their black humor, their grotesque fantasy, their mistrust of inflated rhetoric, their feeling that a generalized threat hangs over them, and the defenses they adopt against it, as well as the disgust they feel with the world - these will always betray their origins.
... some highly specific information about the existential fine tuning of people who find themselves in a place where the knots of history are tied and unraveled."
I took this as emblematic not only of Prague or Bohemia, but the entire country, of the generation contemporaneous with the Plastics and the next one that followed after them. This first collection is centered in and around Brno in Moravia, a solarized picture of which serves as the image, though certain bands are based in Prague or elsewhere within the borders.
moravian soul beat
01. Flageolety - Pavel Fajt & Pluto (4:52)
02. Sinfonietta 1. Allegretto - Leos Janacek - Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra (2:14)
03. Kocka - Iva Bittová & Cikori (6:11)
04. .. A Dny Jak Padli Andele Prsty Ryji Hlinu - Vladimir Vaclavek (4:52)
05. Baba Aga - Jablkon (2:13)
06. Krajina Ró - Jablkon & Sveceny (7:39)
07. Giordano Bruno - MCH Band (5:34)
08. Krasobruslar - Psi Vojaci (3:17)
09. Na Jih - Southwards - Dunaj (4:40)
10. Tango - Tara Fuki (2:53)
11. I'm Going - Rale (4:05)
12. Popí Rondo - Jablkon & Sveceny (3:04)
13. Bare - Vladimir Vaclavek (2:59)
14. Samson - The Plastic People (5:17)
15. Dr. Feigelstock - Mikolás Chadima & Pavel Fajt (2:53)
16. Za Nasím - Iva Bittová & Pavel Fajt (0:58)
17. Bozí Dárek - Iva Bittová & Pavel Fajt (2:31)
18. Padá Rosa Studená - Vaclavek, Ostransky, Suzanna Jelínková (2:23)
19. Hluboko Pod Zemí - Dunaj (4:51)
20. Masopust - Pluto (3:37)
21. Zpivá (Sings) - The Plastic People (3:18)
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