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Gogol Bordello: Garage, London

Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 13 December 2003

GOGOL BORDELLO'S UKRAINIAN GYPSY lead singer, Eugene Hutz, calls his band "an orchestra of fucking immigrants, jamming in A minor". Hutz has the kind of tragi-comic background most western bands can only make up. Born in Kiev in 1972, he was evacuated to the western Ukraine following the Chernobyl catastrophe. He spent his teens soaking up the freakish cacophonies of Einstürzende Neubauten and the Birthday Party, only available on the black market, then decided he'd had enough of the Soviet Union and slowly worked his way across Europe and finally to New York.

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