U Škripcu

U Škripcu at the time of release of their second album

Background information

Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia

New wave, art punk, post-punk, synthpop, pop rock

Years active
1980 – 1985
1986 – 1987
1989 – 1991
(reunions: 2007)

Jugoton, PGP-RTB, Jugodisk, Taped Pictures, Mascom

Associated acts
Babe, Delča i Sklekovi, Đura i Mornari, Ekatarina Velika, E-Play, Familija, Košava, Partibrejkers, Vlada Divljan i NVO

Past members
see the members section

U Škripcu (Serbian Cyrillic: У Шкрипцу; trans. In Dire Straits) was a Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band from Belgrade.
The band was formed in 1980 by Zoran Vulović “Vule” (keyboards), Milan Delčić “Delča” (vocals) and Aleksandar Vasiljević “Vasa” (guitar), who decided to expand the lineup of their former band to Miloš Obrenović (drums) and Aleksandar Lukić (bass guitar), and change their name to U Škripcu. At the time of their formation, the band was a part of the Yugoslav new wave scene, the period of work which was documented on the seminal 1981 various artists compilation album Artistička radna akcija. With the debut album release, the 1982 Godine ljubavi, the band moved towards a more experimental post-punk sound, before achieving nationwide commercial success with the release of the album O je! and EP Nove godine!, under the influence of New Romanticism. The original lineup recorded yet another album, the synthpop Budimo zajedno, which was did not repeat the commercial success of its predecessors, causing the band to disband in 1985.
In 1986, Vulović and Delčić reformed the band, but the latter soon left the band, so the new lineup, featuring the vocalist Aleksandar Tabaš and various musicians, recorded the fourth studio album, U Škripcu. Despite the hit song “Vreme je za nas”, the album was not commercially successful, causing the band to disband in 1988. The following year, Vulović reunited with Delčić and Vasiljević, Lukić on guitar, bassist Dejan Škopelja, and drummer Ratko Ljubičić. The lineup recorded the critically acclaimed fifth studio album Izgleda da mi smo sami, after which the band disbanded. Following the disbandment, Vulović became a producer and manager, Delčić pursued a solo career with his band Sklekovi, and Vasiljević and Lukić became a part of the supergroup Familija. In 2007, the original lineup reunited at the Delča i Sklekovi concert at the Belgrade Dom Omladine, which