Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz chats with us about the insanity, cosmic consciousness and fragility of the records that changed his life. 

Tender Prey

by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

I always considered The Bad Seeds to be the ultimate good guys in the music world…they have many solid albums, but this one is particularly heartwarming to me because of its fragility…you can actually hear that fragility, as well as an incredible perseverance and determination to keep carving a unique path, catapulting yourself away from any already-made rock formulas, and creating a still unheard-of, elegant synthesis of poetic and abrasive compositions. Somehow I find myself always going back to that album.

The first time I heard the leading track "The Mercy Seat" I was just a little baby…I was so impressed by its hypnotic vibe and uncompromising length that I pretty much scared everyone around me for a while playing it on repeat. Roughly 20 years later, that very song was covered by Johnny Cash giving it yet another spin of justice. It was a great idea of Rick Rubin to make sure that happened, all of which allowed me to have an “I told you so, mother******s” moment… but, humor aside, this is a masterpiece. 


Frank's Wild Years 

by Tom Waits

Put it on, see for yourself. It’s timeless freakoholic boogie, where Tom’s songwriting is at its catchiest, and experiments with arrangements are still insane.

I love it too much and often find myself singing three, four songs from this album acoustically with my guitar, especially when there's good jolly company around.


Band of Gypsys by Jimi Hendrix / Fun House by The Stooges

I’ll take the liberty to fit these two into one because, to me, they're both absolute masterpieces of electric rock.

They both reach incredible frequencies, they both influenced me a lot and they both laid out a very inviting sonic carpet for me into a world of impressive, beautiful bent notes and savage animalistic guitar riffs…leaving me forever with a fantasy of Iggy on stage with Hendrix—that would be something to put into a Voyager for other civilisations to hear.


Songs of Love and Hate

by Leonard Cohen

So often he seemed like the only living guide into matters of the soul. The rare living link from here to beyond and back. Love forever.

We will never stop learning from Leonard.



by Manu Chao

This record stands unique because travel-journal-spirit albums usually have little to offer when they're done. Manu is a deep traveller so the album encapsulates all the high spirits of Latin America and the Mediterranean and keeps them forever fresh without sounding touristic.

It has a touch of cosmic consciousness, both folkloric and electronic. It’s the only record of its kind.


Gogol Bordello's new album Seekers and Finders is out on August 25

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