The Plastic People Of The Universe

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Czech alternative rock group. Formed in 1968 in Prague by Milan Hlavsa. Disbanded in 1988, reformed in the 1990s, regularly performing since 1997 until present.
Band members 2016: Jiří Kabeš (leader, vocals, viola, theremin), Joe Karafiát (guitar), Vojtěch Starý (keyboards, vocals), Tomáš Skřivánek (2) (bass guitar), Jan Ježek (3) (drums).

The Plastic People of the Universe (PPU) is a rock band from Prague, Czech Republic. It was the foremost representative of Prague’s underground culture (1968–1989). This avant-garde group went against the grain of the communist regime and due to its non-conformism often suffered serious problems such as arrests.
Bass player Milan Hlavsa formed the band in 1968, which was heavily influenced by Frank Zappa (“Plastic People” is a song by the Mothers of Invention) and the Velvet Underground.
Czech art historian and cultural critic Ivan Martin Jirous (aka “Magor”, which means: “loony” or “blockhead”) became their manager/artistic director in the following year, fulfilling a similar role the one Andy Warhol had with the The Velvet Underground.
Because Jirous believed that English was the lingua franca of rock music, he employed Paul Wilson, a Canadian who had been teaching in Prague, to teach the band the lyrics of the American songs they covered and to translate their original Czech lyrics into English. Wilson served as PPU lead singer 1970–1972.
In 1974, thousands of students traveled from Prague to the town of České Budějovice to visit a PPU performance. Stopped by police, they were sent back to Prague in cattle cars, and several students were arrested. The band was forced underground until the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Unable to perform openly, an entire underground cultural movement formed around the band during the 1970s.
In 1976 the PPU were arrested and put on trial by the communist government to make an example. They were convicted of "organized disturbance of the peace" and sentenced to terms in prison ranging from 8 to 18 months.
Despite their clashes with the government, the musicians never considered themselves activists and always claimed that they wanted only to play their music. The band broke up in 1988, with some members forming the group Půlnoc (“Midnight”). At former Czech president Václav Havel’s suggestion, they reunited in 1997 in honor of the 20th anniversary of Charter 77, and have performed regularly since then. Founder and leader Milan Hlavsa died in January 2001.
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The Plastic People Of The Universe Discography Tracks

Albums

The Plastic People Of The Universe - Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club Banned album art The Plastic People … Prague* Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club Banned (Album) LTM (2), Boží Mlýn Productions, Invisible Records (11), S.C.O.P.A. France 1978 Sell This Version
The Plastic People Of The Universe - Passion Play album art The Plastic People* Passion Play (Album) Boží Mlýn Productions Canada 1980 Sell This Version
The Plastic People Of The Universe - Leading Horses album art The Plastic People* Leading Horses (Album) Boží Mlýn Productions Canada 1983 Sell This Version
The Plastic People Of The Universe - Midnight Mouse album art The Plastic People* Midnight Mouse (Album) Freedonia Records, Freedonia Records Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
The Plastic People Of The Universe - Bez Ohňů Je Underground (Live, Prosinec 1992) album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Bez Ohňů Je Underground (Live, Prosinec 1992) (Album) Globus International Czech Republic 1993 Sell This Version
The Plastic People Of The Universe - Hovězí Porážka album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Hovězí Porážka (Album) Globus International Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
The Plastic People Of The Universe - 1997 album art Plastic People Of The Universe* 1997 (Album) Globus International Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
210211-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Vožralej Jak Slíva album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Vožralej Jak Slíva(CD) Globus International 210211-2 Czech Republic 1997 Sell This Version
210215-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Jak Bude Po Smrti album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Jak Bude Po Smrti(CD, Album) Globus International 210215-2 Czech Republic 1998 Sell This Version
210217-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Kolejnice Duní album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Kolejnice Duní(CD, Album) Globus Music 210217-2 Czech Republic 2000 Sell This Version
210213-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Ach To Státu Hanobení album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Ach To Státu Hanobení(CD, RM) Globus Music 210213-2 Czech Republic 2000 Sell This Version
210309-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Líně S Tebou Spím = Lazy Love album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Líně S Tebou Spím = Lazy Love(CD, Album) Globus Music 210309-2 Czech Republic 2001 Sell This Version
The Plastic People Of The Universe - Muž Bez Uší album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Muž Bez Uší (Album) Globus Music Czech Republic 2002 Sell This Version
210310-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Trouble Every Day album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Trouble Every Day(CD, Enh) Globus Music 210310-2 Czech Republic 2002 Sell This Version
KH0001-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Pašijové Hry / Passion Play album art The Plastic People Of The Universe / Agon Orchestra The Plastic People Of The Universe / Agon Orchestra - Pašijové Hry / Passion Play(CD, Album) Knihy Hana s.r.o. KH0001-2 Czech Republic 2004 Sell This Version
GR 039-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Do Lesíčka Na Čekanou album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Do Lesíčka Na Čekanou(2xCD, Album) Guerilla Records GR 039-2 Czech Republic 2006 Sell This Version
GR 040-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Do Lesíčka Na Čekanou album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Do Lesíčka Na Čekanou(2xCD, Album) Guerilla Records GR 040-2 Czech Republic 2006 Sell This Version
GR 070-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Maska Za Maskou (The Mask Behind The Mask) album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Maska Za Maskou (The Mask Behind The Mask)(CD, Album) Guerilla Records GR 070-2 Czech Republic 2009 Sell This Version
GR 074-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Obešel Já Polí Pět - Koncert Na Počest Ladislava Klímy (2003) album art The Plastic People Of The Universe & Agon Orchestra The Plastic People Of The Universe & Agon Orchestra - Obešel Já Polí Pět - Koncert Na Počest Ladislava Klímy (2003)(CD, Album + DVD-V) Guerilla Records GR 074-2 Czech Republic 2009 Sell This Version
GR 094-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Non Stop Opera (Live 2011) album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Non Stop Opera (Live 2011)(CD, Album) Guerilla Records GR 094-2 Czech Republic 2011 Sell This Version
G 17 111 2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Apokalyptickej Pták album art The Plastic People Of The Universe Apokalyptickej Pták(CD, Album) Galén G 17 111 2 Czech Republic 2017 Sell This Version
MAM 738-2 The Plastic People Of The Universe - Co Znamená Vésti Koně album art The Plastic People Of The Universe & Filharmonie Brno* The Plastic People Of The Universe & Filharmonie Brno* - Co Znamená Vésti Koně(CD + DVD-V + Album) Indies Happy Trails, Agentura Wap Doo Wap MAM 738-2 Czech Republic 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none The Plastic People Of The Universe - For Kosovo album art The Plastic People Of The Universe For Kosovo(CD, Single) Globus Music none Czech Republic 1999 Sell This Version

Compilations

The Plastic People Of The Universe - The Plastic People Of The Universe album art The Plastic People Of The Universe The Plastic People Of The Universe (Comp) Globus International, Globus International, Globus International, Globus International, Globus International, Globus International, Globus International, Globus International Czechoslovakia 1992 Sell This Version
none The Plastic People Of The Universe - The Plastic People Of The Universe album art The Plastic People Of The Universe The Plastic People Of The Universe(Cass, Comp, Promo) Globus International none Czechoslovakia 1992 Sell This Version