Denis & Denis ‎– Čuvaj Se!

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A1 Čuvaj Se 3:53
A2 Tek Je Sedam Sati 3:35
A3 Dvadeset I Osam Minuta Do Pet
Lyrics By – Damir Pandur
2:56
A4 Telefon 4:10
A5 Ti I Ja 4:02
B1 Program Tvog Kompjutera 4:12
B2 Doba Noćnih Kiša 4:15
B3 Sačuvaj Nešto 4:36
B4 Dio Refrena
Lyrics By – D. Cuculić*
4:35

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Recorded in studio "AB" Rijeka.

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  • Barcode: SOKOJ
  • Matrix / Runout: LSY 63206 A 05 05 84 SB
  • Matrix / Runout: LSY 63206 B 05 05 84 SB

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAY 1451 Denis & Denis Čuvaj Se!(Cass, Album) Jugoton CAY 1451 Yugoslavia 1984 Sell This Version
LSY-63206 Denis & Denis Čuvaj Se!(LP, Album) Jugoton LSY-63206 Yugoslavia 1984 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

Crijevo

May 1, 2010
edited over 2 years ago
I always use to say, it is truly sad most (ex) Yugoslavian synth-pop bands never learned from their creative strengths and songwriting talent. Denis & Denis are no exception in this matter for everything they gave on their debut album with such naive charm and sensuality, they also seem to have thrown away as their pop-career progressed.

"Čuvaj se!" (meaning: "Take Care!") is a deserved masterpiece of early 80s electro-pop, that extends far beyond the borders of a Yugoslavian synth-sensation of the time. While many point out their megahit "Program tvog kompjutera" (meaning: "Your Computer's Programme"), each song on the album is a hit-single of its own - even though none were officially released - giving this debut a strong feeling of a truly 'Greatest Hits" collection.

Also in terms of their sound and image at this stage, Denis & Denis cleverly took The Human League's blueprint and transformed it into something just as unique. I guess, Philip Oakey and the group were desperate with "Hysteria", for it never reached the dizzily heights of its predecessor "Dare!", while somewhere in Eastern part of Europe, a strangely named "Folie a Deux" found the perfect formula, creating something just as vital as 'Dare!', without a single risk of plagiarism.

These songs throw obscurity, optimism, sex-appeal, desire and melancholy well into the mix to great effect; the opening track 'Čuvaj se!', echoing loneliness and endless search of comfort, 'Tek je sedam sati' (meaning: 'It's just about 7'[o'clock]) dealing with relationship cliches, "Dvadeset i osam minuta do pet" ("Twenty-eight Minutes to Five") singing about daily routines, "Telefon" ("Telephone") about desire to re-establish communication, "Ti i ja" ("You and Me") with its erotic innuendos, "Program tvog kompjutera" being about cause and effect between two people in love, "Doba noćnih kiša" ("Night Rains' Seasons") with its darker overtones, a beautiful ballad "Sačuvaj nešto" ("Keep Something") about a relationship ending and the album's jewel among the crown's jewels - "Dio refrena" ("Part of the Refrain"), a magnificent electro-monologue of utter paranoia.

The most amazing feeling about the album, "Čuvaj se!" is conceived well ahead of its time and while it captures the essence of the early 80s' music perfectly, its sound survives the test of time - the song "Ti i ja" for example, is a rather accidental reflection of House music, way before House actually officially reached the ears of the general public. It's latin-induced intro in strange collision with a drum machine quite reminiscent of New Order's "Blue Monday" is worth alone to explore this album.

Of course, there are nine masterpieces in total to explore.

For those unable to find a suitable LP copy of this album (which I personally recommend more), a CD-remaster (although it feels like a very clumsy remaster), collecting "Čuvaj se!" with the duo's later mini-LP "Ja sam lažljiva" (meaning: "I Feel Mendacious") from 1985, is once again available to purchase from Croatia Records (ex-Jugoton). However, this CD is a rather shallow cash-in compilation, as it rids both albums of their individual audio-visual appeal, clumsily squeezed onto once compact disc.