A selection of Satan Panonski’s writing translated from Serbo-Croatian to English by Nikolina Lazetic
I am the fruit of this civilization, but not its devotee.
I divide peoples into SHEEP, DOGS and PEOPLE! Sheep as sheep: with bowed heads, timid, calm. DOGS shear them as and when they please, keep them in a herd – deceived, blackmailed, abused.
If a sheep dares to step out of the herd and escape the corral, DOGS send their wolves, all dressed up for the occasion, to punish the sheep wickedly and bring it back to a predestined habitat.
DOGS, therefore, have it easy with SHEEP. Clever (not wise), greedy, deceitful, envious amongst themselves; DOGS stand divided. Yet they unite in a hellish plot against any open-minded MAN that happens to stand in the way of their Evil, anyone who unmasks their gruesome deeds. They, then, point all their weapons at MAN, aiming at anything holy inside, around and to PEOPLE. I myself am an obvious target. But…
SATAN PANONSKI: DOKUMENTARAC
Dir. Milorad Milinkovic, 1990.
Yugoslavia, 34 min.
In Croatian with English subtitles
SATAN PANONSKI: DOKUMENTARAC is a Serbian student film featuring the best footage of Panonski’s “Hard Blood Shock” Body Art performance, Continue reading
“My Motto is: No one can choose their parents, time and place of birth, religion, appearance, skin color, and language from a catalog. But later on we have a choice: be a human or a beast.” Ivan Glišić, Yugoslavian punk, poet, and friend of Satan Panonski
“Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we not die of starvation entails to the risk of dying of boredom?” -Raoul Vaneigem
It was Autumn of 1980 in Vinkovci, a Slavonian town of about 30,000 that locals jokingly called the Chicago of Yugoslavia, when Pogreb X, likely the region’s first punk band, played their now legendarily short set at the Communist Party-sponsored “Youth Conference,” where rock n’ roll performances would mix with discussions of teenage delinquency, (mainly “drinking and Kung Fu movies”) and its danger to the socialist ideal. While Rolling Stones and Ramones records were contraband behind the Iron-Curtain, Yugoslavia’s “Velvet Curtain” allowed the contagious anthems of disaffected youth in through the thrift shops of Trieste, making Yugoslavia the likely high water-mark for the 77’ punk wave. And while punks would be suspected of neo-Nazism in Ljubljana and monitored as a potential agents of chaos in Novi Sad, Vinkovci’s bureaucrats, who had likely seen one of Pogreb X’s first gigs as a Sex Pistols cover band, apparently saw some potential in the vaguely leftist and iconoclastic songs that poked-fun at monarchy and pondered the benefits of the other side of the Berlin Wall.
These organizers may have been surprised to see Pogreb X had a new singer, a beer-swilling, deranged-looking street-kid with a shaved head and ragged outfit. Power chords blasted, the singer growled, and the scheme of punkers and aparatchiks walking hand-in-hand towards the socialist horizon were demolished with the smashing of the vocalist’s bottle against his skull. Blood poured down his face, and he hawked globs it off the stage as he yelled, “You came to cheat and deceive, not help!” Horrified, the party members, Young Pioneers, and most of the audience ran in terror from the hall. One imagines them continuing to play their set to the empty room, the portrait of the recently-deceased beloved dictator Josip Broz Tito hung behind them as the last audience member. Continue reading
Includes biography, translated poetry, images, and essay about Balkan punk. Copies are from run limited to about 200. Supplies very low, get them while they’re hot!
Autobiography (from liner notes of Nuclear Olympic Games) Continue reading
Pogreb X – Live in Vinkovci ’81
Self-released Cassette (Anyone have it? email me)
Pogreb X – Live in Novi Sad (Post-Satan Panonski)
Label: Dark Scene Records
download: (Dark Scene) ( location 2 ) Continue reading