Underdog World Strike

Gogol Bordello, is a “world gypsy punk” band based out of New York and has been rapidly gaining in popularity over the past few years. The band’s front man Eugene Hütz appeared in the film Everything is Illuminated, and his personality was the inspiration for the character “Eugene” in Wristcutters: A Love Story. Iconoclastic, worldly, and linguistically varied, the band gets part of its name from the Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol, who supposedly smuggled Ukrainian culture into the main-stream of Russian hegemony. I’ve been interested in getting my hands on some of Gogol’s works after encountering this band, his “Diary of a Madman” seems particularly interesting, and I suppose in this way Gogol Bordello has succeeded in its task.

Eugene himself is from the Ukraine, though he spent many years in various refugee camps after fleeing the Chernobyl meltdown with his family.

I’m not usually a fan of modern punk, but Eugene’s bohemian personality and the spirit of worldly resistance he represents is a heartening addition to international culture. American Wedding, Start Wearing Purple, and Through the Roof and Wanderlust King are good places to start.

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