Gogol Bordello

Gypsy punk New Yorkers led by Ukraine-born Eugene Hütz; originally called Hütz and The Béla Bartóks, they changed the name because “no one knows who the hell Béla Bartók is in the US” (though the Ukrainian writer Gogol is hardly more of a household name in Middle America). The band’s best known song, Start Wearing Purple, was featured in Leiv Schreiber’s 2005 film Everything is Illuminated, which co-starred Hütz. His father, who made Hütz’s first guitar out of plywood, played with Meridian, one of Ukraine’s earliest rock groups; his son was in a band called Uksusnik, and after arriving in the US as a refugee formed The Fags, then Flying Fuck.

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