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"One thing about them gypsies, they never bored nobody"
—"Break The Spell"

Okay so take Eastern European folk music, add a dash of polka, and blend with straight-up punk. This is something along the lines of the recipe for Gogol Bordello.

Led by Ukrainian frontman Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello has exploded in popularity since their first single's release in 1999, with tours through Europe and the United States. Their music has appeared in Wristcutters: A Love Story (the character of Eugene, played by Shea Whigham, is based on Hutz) and the band appeared in the movie of Everything Is Illuminated, with Hutz playing the character Alex Perchov. They have played with bands of various genres, including folk-punk bands like Devotchka and Flogging Molly.

The band is best known for their extremely high energy, theatrical shows, "gypsy punk" sound, and cultural diversity (within their songs and within the band itself). Their lyrics are often political, dealing with immigrant life, poverty, and Romani rights. Accordion, violin, upright bass, and other instruments not commonly used in rock are featured prominently.

Tropes related to, invoked by, or sung about by Gogol Bordello:

  • Answer Song:
    • Within the same album. "Supertheory of Supereverything" begins

 First time I had read the Bible

It had stroke me as unwitty

I think it may started rumor

That the Lord ain't got no humor

    • And Super Taranta! (the song, not the album)

 Second time I read the bible

I was thinking it's alright

 There were never any good old days

They are today, they are tomorrow

It's a stupid thing we say

Cursing tomorrow with sorrow

  • Recurring Element: A girl named Sally is mentioned quite a few times
  • Religion Rant Song: "Supertheory of Supereverything." Retracted in the song Super Taranta!
  • Romani: Hutz discovered that his grandmother has of Romani descent when he was 14, a fact that was kept from him purposefully. He has embraced his heritage and has supported various Romani rights organizations
  • Rule of Cool: The clothes, the odd metaphors, etc.
  • Scatting: Tons of songs feature random shouting, las, das, and ah-yah-dahs.
  • Shout-Out: Gogol Bordello is a reference to the writer Nikolai Gogol
  • Wanderlust Song: "Wonderlust King"
  • Word Salad Lyrics: All the time. In various languages.
  • Write What You Know: Hutz came to America when he was twenty after traveling extensively through Europe and many of the songs address prejudice against immigrants and people of Romani descent.
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