Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz talks about collaborating with Madonna on her directorial debut, ‘Filth and Wisdom.’ By Jenni Miller
Photo by Jon Wasserman
Eugene Hutz, the global gypsy punk and star of Madonna’s directorial debut, Filth and Wisdom, began rocking out back in his native Ukraine before fleeing the Chernobyl disaster with his family. They landed in Vermont, but he eventually found his way to New York City’s East Village where he gained notoriety for his onstage antics in the band Gogol Bordello, his mad DJ skills at the legendary Bulgarian bar Menahata, and that amazing moustache. He’s even been a model — both the high fashion and the naked kind (in the now-defunct Sweet Action).
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | 9:31 AM
King of the gypsy punks, Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hütz has fast become known as one of indie rock’s highest-energy performers, his multi-ethnic rebel band’s rollicking accordion-and-fiddle swagger raising the room’s temperature while Hütz swings from the rafters. (There aren’t enough superlatives to do their staggering live shows justice.) Yet some might better recognize the Ukrainian emigrant-turned-downtown New York icon from the cinema, not least because he had to shave his renowned curly mustache for Liev Schreiber’s 2005 directorial debut “Everything Is Illuminated.” As Alex, the blinged-out Michael Jackson fanatic and Ukrainian tour guide to Elijah Wood’s visiting Jewish-American nerd, Hütz hilariously steals the show faster than you can say Jonathan Safran Foer.
Eugene Meets Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
Familia in full swing for Muttville!
Photos by Hilary Hulteen
ILLUMINATED: Hutz, here in a Brixton pub, says he has “come to be content in my restlessness”
DEIRDRE O’CALLAGHAN FOR TIME
Eugene Hutz is drawing glances. he’s in London’s Brixton Market, amid the sensory barrage of exotic aromas, vibrant garb and competing bass lines, dressed in a purple jacket and trying on ladies’ wigs. When he finds one he likes, he lets out a strange yowl, twirling the fake blonde locks around his head in celebration. But it’s not Hutz’s clothes or wig that have people staring. Locals in this bustling, ethnic stew of a neighborhood have seen it all before. No, people are looking at this lanky man with the lavish handlebar mustache because they recognize him. As Hutz is happy to admit, he has at last become famous.
PERHAPS IT’S TIME TO LOOK INTO THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN THAT IS OUR WEBSITE. AND SCREW IT! HERE IS THE NEW ONE. IT HAS NEW GATES AND MANY NEW FLOWERS TO SMELL. AND PLEASE NOTE, SOME OF THE WEAVING GREENS, SERGEY GREW THEM HIMSELF…
TROUBADOURING LEADS TO AN ACTUAL EXPERIENCE OF LIFE, SO THINGS LIKE THAT SEEM TO BE IRRELEVANT AND SECONDARY, YET NOT COMPLETLY USELESS. SO ENJOY, AND FIRE AWAY WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU GOT!
I’LL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU. PARTY!
Gogol Bordello played at the Tom Waits-tribute Bonnaroo Superjam with Les Claypool and Kirk Hammett of Metallica.
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“The set of Tom Waits songs performed by Les Claypool, Gogol Bordello and Kirk Hammett played during the Superjam was jaw-dropping. The ability of them to take the songs and make them into something completely new and fresh while infusing enough of each players own personality was musical genius.”
– Jeff Hahne, Creative Loafing
“Did he say “musical penius”? , anyway… here’s a quote for your website: The late night Superjam at Bonarroo with myself, Serge, Yuri, Oren and Eugene from Gogol Bordello was one long musical orgy that climaxed with the appearance of my old high-school pal, Kirk (Hamster) Hammet. The blend of eastern European and western suburban hill-billy was such a potent combination that if the DNA were collected from each member, the combined results could be cloned into a creature that I would imagine to be Viking-like and lanky; endowed with massive hairy testicles that naturally pulsate in a precise and compelling rhythm as it trod’s mercilessly across the earth, fornicating with everything in its path.”
– Les Claypool
You can download the whole set by clicking here
In June, Gogol Bordello visited the oldest Roma settlement in the world, Sulukule in Turkey.
Read more about Sulukule and GB’s appearance here
Go to the videos page now to view footage!
Cari amici italiani dei Gogol Bordello!
E’ una grande tragedia per GB sapere che cosa sta succedendo in Italia con gli zingari, con la popolazione Roma.
Noi, certamente, sappiamo che le opinioni conservatrici e degli ignoranti non si ritrovano tra i nostri amici italiani e i nostri fan.
Comunque vogliamo dire a tutti che dovete usare il potere di suggestione intelligente con i vostri compatrioti chi stanno nell’oscuro nel rapporto con i Roma.
Principalmente, tutti devono capire che TUTTO CIO’ CHE LORO SANNO RIGUARDO GLI ZINGARI E’ UNA BUGIA!!! Per favore aiutate a rilassare le inutili tensioni educando gli idioti.
Con molto amore i rispetto, GB
Dear Italian Friends of Gogol Bordello!
It’s a big shock for GB to know what’s been going on in Italy in regards of Gypsies, the Romany nation.
We of course understand that right wing opinions and opinions of ignorant kind are not likely to be found amongst our Italian friends and fans.
However, we would like to encourage you to use the power of intelligent suggestion towards your compatriots who still live in the dark about Roma.
Most importantly they have to understand: EVERYTHING THEY KNOW ABOUT GYPSIES IS A LIE. Please help to ease the unnecessary tensions by educating the idiot camp.
Much love and respect, GB
NEW RIO de JANEIRO PROJECT of DJ HUTZ “MITITIKA”
(feat Diana romantico-paranormale, ROUMANIA!)
21 MAY, 31 MAY at CINE LAPA, 10:45!