Associated actsDžentlmeni, Dah, Dogovor iz 1804, Bicikl, Siluete, Warriors, Lost City, Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel Past membersZlatko Manojlović
Čedomir Petrović GenresProgressive rock, Hard rock, Heavy metal Record labelsJugoton, PGP-RTB, ZKP RTLJ, Rock Express AlbumsPakleni trio, Gordi 3, Kraljica smrti, Gordi 2, Čovek
Gordi (Serbian Cyrillic: Горди; trans. The Proud Ones) were a Yugoslav heavy metal band from Belgrade. Their initial works were mostly progressive rock-oriented and only their last two studio albums, Pakleni trio and Kraljica smrti were heavy metal-oriented. However, these are the albums for which Gordi are generally most remembered and are considered milestones on the former Yugoslav heavy metal scene.
The band was formed in November 1977 by former Džentlmeni, Fleš and Dah member Zlatimir Zlatko Manojlović. The band's first lineup consisted of Zlatko Manojlović (guitar, vocals), Zlatko's brother Goran Manojlović (a former Dah and Land member, keyboards), Stevan Milutinović Steva (a former Dogovor iz 1804, Moira and Dah member, drums) and Dragan Janković (a former Buket Mojih Prijatelja member, bass guitar). After Zdenko Pomper (a former Dah member) replaced Janković on bass guitar, the band released its debut album Čovek (A Man) in 1978, through ZKP RTLJ. Album featured song "Misli" ("Thoughts"), which was previously released on the B-side of the single "Žeđ" ("Thirst"), the last single released by Manojlović's previous band Dah. The album was progressive rock-influenced and in an interview for Rock Express Zlatko Manojlović described the band's sound as "psychedelic". Soon after the album release, Pomper was replaced by Slobodan Svrdlan, and Gordi released their second studio album Gordi 2. the album was released in 1979 through PGP-RTB. While the band's first album was mainly progressive rock-oriented, Gordi 2 featured more hard rock elements. In 1980 Zlatko Manojlović released his first solo album Zlatko i njegove gitare, and in 1981 the band released their third studio album Gordi 3 through PGP-RTB. Although progressive/hard rock-oriented, Gordi 3 also featured pop music elements. The same year, Gordi performed as the opening band on Ian Gillan Band concert in Belgrade Pionir Hall.
In 1981, Gordi became a power trio, after Stevan Milutinović was replaced by Čedomir Petrović "Čeda" (a former Bicikl and Siluete member), and Goran Manojlović left the band. The band signed for Jugoton and released the album Pakleni trio (Hell Trio) which marked Gordi's shift towards heavy metal. In 1982, the band released their second heavy metal-oriented album, Kraljica smrti (Queen of Death), however, they failed to sustain their popularity and disbanded two years after the album release.
Manojlović dedicated himself to his solo career. Svrdlan became a member of the heavy metal band Ratnici, releasing two albums with them. In 1983, he played bass guitar on U Škripcu album O je!. In the early 1990s he was a member of the American band Lost City, recording the album Watching You (1993) with them, and in the late 1990s of the British band Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel, recording the album Love Lies Bleeding (1999) with them. In 2005, he appeared as a guest on Generacija 5 album Energija (Energy), playing bass guitar on five tracks.
In 1994, the song "Put do pakla" ("Road to Hell") was released on Komuna compilation album Pakleni vozači: Jugoslovenski hard rock (Hell Riders: Yugoslav Hard Rock). In 2006, Rock Express Records rereleased Pakleni trio, featuring four videos as bonus material. In 2007, the same record label rereleased Kraljica smrti, featuring three videos as bonus material.
Gordi 2 (1979)
Gordi 3 (1979)
Pakleni trio (1981)
Kraljica smrti (1982)
"Duga noć" / "Idi sad" (1978)
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