Národní Trída

Je Treba Si Zvykat/Vlhkost v Nocním Autobusu

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This CD, part of Black Point's archives series, puts together all the material the group Národní Trída released on samizdat cassettes in the mid-'80s. Included are Je Treba Si Zvykat and Vlhkost v Nocním Autobusu, two short sets of songs released on the same cassette in 1986, and an earlier recording of Je Treba Si Zvykat from 1984. The music sounds surprisingly outdated, closer to Phallus Dei-era Amon Düül II than anything going on in the world (Czechoslovakia or elsewhere) at the time. These songs have a dark, psychedelic mood, a trippy protest attitude. The influence of Plastic People of the Universe is strong and understandable: Václav and Vojtech Stádnik wrote the music and contributed the strongest musical elements to texts by Viktor Karlík, Jáchym Topol, and Vit Kremlicka -- all three would later switch to literature or plastic arts. Followers of the PPU will want this item to complete their collection. Others should proceed with caution. These home recordings sound very average (Vlhkost V Nocním Autobusu is actually quite nice, but the other two sets suffer) and the music is not as tight and engaging as one could expect. At the time it was performed, this freak music had lost not its meaning, but its contemporaneousness.

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