Through Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Belgrade, Budapest...展开, Paris, Utrecht and New York, the author is in pursuit of the heroes of his youth, trying to tell to his own self the story about the expansion of punk-rock and the fall of socialism. With plenty of music and shots from the times of the new wave, The Lucky Child is a little monument to the generation that was growing up with a strong belief that rock'n'roll is more important than life.
Yugoslavian new wave. Not the most celebrated musical sub-genre going round, but when you’re standing in a record store in Zagreb with Serbo-Croatian language skills amounting to a poorly pronounced ‘thank you’, you take what you can get. As it turns out though, the cracks that began to appear in the Balkan Communist regime as Tito’s death loomed in 1979, proved a remarkably fertile time for a new generation of punk and new wave bands in Ljubljana, Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo, whose rise fed off the youthful optimism spreading throughout the Eastern bloc at the time. Collected as the soundtrack to the 2004 film Sretno Dijete (Happy Child), which saw director Igor Mirkovic seeking out the musical idols of his youth and documenting a lost scene in the process, the ten bands spread across this double disc compilation are largely unknown in the West. The sounds though, are another matter. Running the gamut from overblown cock rock to ska, keyboard-driven pop, scrappy proto-punk, melodic guitar-based new wave, bluesy rock, strummed acoustic singalongs and breakneck Clash-style punk, the tracks on offer attest that a decaying iron curtain was no barrier to a thriving underground with its ears cocked to the West. Makes you wonder what could be brewing in the back lots of Iran or North Korea as we speak.