I LOVE THIS! Do you remember Ivan Mladek’s song called “Jozin z Bazin” (the Swampland Jozin) (see the words to the song by clicking here) ? Well, if you don’t, it is a 30-year old, folk song that became a huge hit at the time. The song is about this monster Jozin who lives in the swamps somewhere in Moravia and eats only people from Prague – the city snobs. Although he doesn’t eat the locals they are tired of him. That is why the town mayor makes an offer to give away his daughter and a half or the “JZD” (the communist word for the town farm) to anyone who destroys this monster. The Czechs still play it on the radio from time-to-time. Every time I hear this song it brings me back to my childhood: I am 7 years old, hanging out with my friends at my parent’s cottage during the summer and lazily munching on Nanuk (an awesome communist ice cream bar). Anyway – it’s crazy – but this song ( and the video) has just now become a HUGE hit in Poland! It’s been the number one song on most of the Polish Top Song list (in Polish it is Jozek z bagien). The teenagers have the disco version uploaded in their MP3’s and are dancing away, trying to copy the dancing style of Ivo Pesak.
What is so catchy about that song to the Polish? Is it the singing style of the major singer, Ivan Mladek, or is it the dancing maneuvers of his “side-kick” Ivo Pesak? No one knows…But one thing is clear. The Polish people love Jozin z Bazin so much that some want him to become the future president of Poland (as some of the street graffiti reveal)…Anyhow, see this awesome YouTube video for yourself (located at the end of this post):
CZ: Tak si predstavte, ze nas zlaty Jozin z Bazin, pisnicka napsana pred 30ti lety, se stala v Polsku obrovskym hitem! Pokazde, kdyz ji slysim hrat v radiu (coz jednou za 100 let), tak me to prinese zpatky do meho detsvi: je mi 7 let, jsou letni prazdniny, ktere travim s rodici na chate a pochutnavam si spolu s kamoskama na Nanuku. Nicmene, pisnicka – a take jeji video – udelala v Polsku takovou diru, ze uz je vytvorena jeji disko verze a vsichni nactileti ji maji nalozene do jejich MP3 a nejen ze si pisnicku pobrukuji, ale take se snazi napodobit tanecni styl Mladkova pobocnika, Iva Pesaka. Co se Polakum na Jozinovi tak libi?? Je to zpevecky styl Ivana Mladka? Nebo tanecovani pana Pesaka? Nikdo netusi….Jedno je ale jasne: Jak to cituje vetsina mestskych grafitu a napisu, Polaci chteji Jozina za budouciho polskeho prezidenta. Tak tady to je:
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