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Marko Perković

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Origin  Croatia
Associated acts  Thompson
Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter
Name  Marko Perkovic

Instruments  Vocals
Role  Musician
Years active  1991–present
Marko Perkovic Marko Perkovic Thompsons concert in Zagrebs main square
Born  27 October 1966 (age 49) Cavoglave, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia (present-day Cavoglave, Republic of Croatia) (1966-10-27)
Genres  Pop-rock, Folk-rock (earlier), Hard rock, Heavy metal, Progressive metal, Symphonic metal (later)
Spouse  Sandra Perkovic (m. 2003), Danijela Martinovic (m. 1995–1998)
Albums  Bilo jednom u Hrvatskoj, Ora et labora, Geni kameni, E - moj narode, Vjetar s Dinare

Music group  Thompson (Since 1991)

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Marko Perković (born 27 October 1966) is a Croatian musician and has been the lead singer of the band Thompson since 1991.


Perković was born in Čavoglave, SFR Yugoslavia. He participated in the Croatian War of Independence (1991–95), during which he started his career with the patriotic song "Bojna Čavoglave". In 2002 he started his first major tour after the release of the E, moj narode album. Since 2005, he has been organizing an unofficial celebration of the Victory Day in his birthplace of Čavoglave. During his career, he has been accused of promoting extreme nationalism and of glorifying the Nazi-affiliated Independent State of Croatia, for which he has been banned from performing in Switzerland in 2009.

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Early life and Croatian War of Independence

Marko Perković was born in 1966 in Čavoglave (at the time SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia) to Marija and Ante. He rarely saw his father, who worked as a Gastarbeiter in Germany and rarely came home. He finished high school in Split. In 1991, Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia, prompting the Croatian War of Independence. He joined the Croatian National Guard where he was given the American Thompson gun, which became the nickname given to him by his battlefield comrades.

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It was while he was defending his home village that Perković became inspired to write one of the most popular songs during the war: Bojna Čavoglave (Čavoglave Battalion), which launched his music career. In 1992, Perković held numerous humanitarian concerts throughout Croatia, and released his first album the same year. He continued to write songs to raise morale during the war. In 1995 he returned to the Croatian Army and the 142nd Drniš Brigade, and became one of the first soldiers to enter the captured cities of Drniš and Knin during Operation Storm.

Career and controversy

On 15 September 2002, he had his largest concert to date at the Poljud Stadium in Split with about 40,000 visitors.

In 2007, he surpassed the 2002 concert at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb on 17 June 2007, with 60,000 people attending. His concert at the stadium was aired live on the state owned HRT plus pay-per-view channel, and several days later on the main national channel as well.


Perković has said he is a fan of Nightwish, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Dream Theater.


The lyrics of his songs often feature patriotic sentiments and relate to religion, family, the Croatian War of Independence (1991-95), politics and media, but also contain notorious references to war crimes. Accused of neo-Nazism, in 2004, the band was prohibited from performing in Amsterdam by the local authorities, although he held a concert in Rotterdam.

In 2009 a concert in the Swiss city of Lucerne was canceled after the Social Democratic Party called for an urgent statement on the issue of Thompson's concert, calling Perković a fascist. This resulted in a three-year ban from Switzerland. As Switzerland is a member of the Schengen Agreement, Thompson was prohibited from entering into all Schengen countries for a period of three years, confirmed by Michele Cercone, spokesman for the Vice President of the European Commission.

Perković created controversy by performing "Jasenovac i Gradiška Stara", a song that openly glorifies the Ustaše regime and its crimes against humanity during World War II. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre filed complaints to Croatia's state television channel regarding its broadcast of a singer accused of expressing nostalgia for the Ustaše, although Perković denied any connection with that time period. The complaints were ignored. Perković denied writing or even performing the song, stating he is "a musician, not a politician". An organizer for a Thompson tour of New York City in 2007 also defended Perković, claiming the musician did not write the song nor is a copy available on any of his albums.

Many of his fans are known for their ultranationalism, demonstrated by Ustaše uniforms (including black hats associated with the movement), symbols, and banners. At the beginning of the song "Bojna Čavoglave", Perković invokes za dom - spremni! (Ready for the homeland!), the slogan/rallying cry of the Nazi-affiliated Ustaše.

Personal life

Perković's nickname, "Thompson", is actually a nom de guerre deriving from his time as a soldier in the 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence, during which he carried a Thompson submachine gun. In the mid-1990s he was in a relationship with Croatian singer Danijela Martinović. Although never legally married, they had a Catholic marriage ceremony. After their separation, he sought a Church annulment, which was granted by the Ecclesiastical Court in Split in 2005. Thus, he was able to have a church marriage with his wife Sandra, a Croatian-Canadian he met during a concert in Canada. Together they have five children.

He owns a 20% share of the radio station Narodni radio, the most successful privately owned Croatian radio station, notable for airing exclusively Croatian songs.

Pope Benedict XVI received Perković in an audience in December 2009.

Studio albums

  • 1992 - Bojna Čavoglave
  • 1992 - Moli mala
  • 1995 - Vrijeme škorpiona
  • 1996 - Geni kameni
  • 1998 - Vjetar s Dinare
  • 2002 - E, moj narode
  • 2006 - Bilo jednom u Hrvatskoj
  • 2011 - Glazba iz filma Josef
  • 2013 - Ora et labora
  • Compilation albums

  • 1992. - Najveći hitovi
  • 2001. - The best of
  • 2003. - Sve najbolje
  • 2008. - Druga strana
  • 2015. - The best of collection
  • 2016. - Antologija
  • Concert videos

  • 2002. - Turneja: E, moj narode
  • 2007. - Turneja: Bilo jednom u Hrvatskoj
  • 2013. - Turneja: Ora et labora
  • Songs

    Lijepa Li SiVjetar s Dinare · 1998
    Moj IvaneE - moj narode · 2002
    Bojna - ČavoglaveMoli mala · 1992


    Marko Perković Wikipedia

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