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[[caption-width-right:171:Eugene Hütz]]

->''"One thing about them gypsies, they never bored nobody''"
-->--'''"Break The Spell"'''

Okay so take Eastern European folk music, add a dash of polka, and blend with straight-up Music/PunkRock. This is something along the lines of the recipe for Gogol Bordello.

Led by Ukrainian frontman Eugene Hütz, Gogol Bordello has exploded in popularity since their first single's release in 1999, with tours through Europe and the United States. Their music has appeared in'' WristcuttersALoveStory'' (the character of Eugene, played by Shea Whigham, is based on Hütz) and the band appeared in the movie of ''Film/EverythingIsIlluminated'', with Hütz playing the character Alex Perchov. They have played with bands of various genres, including folk-punk bands like Music/{{Devotchka}} and Music/FloggingMolly.

The band is best known for their extremely high energy, theatrical shows, "gypsy punk" sound, and cultural diversity (within their songs and within the band itself). Their lyrics are often political, dealing with immigrant life, poverty, and UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} rights. Accordion, violin, upright bass, and other instruments not commonly used in rock are featured prominently.
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!!Tropes related to, invoked by, or sung about by Gogol Bordello:
* AnswerSong:
** Within the same album. "Supertheory of Supereverything" begins
--> ''First time I had read Literature/TheBible''
--> ''It had stroke me as unwitty''
--> ''I think it may started rumor''
--> ''That [[{{God}} the Lord]] [[NoSenseOfHumor ain't got no humor]]''
** And "Super Taranta!" (the song, not the album)
--> ''Second time I read the bible''
--> ''I was thinking it's alright''
* AuthorTract: Most explicitly in "Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)", "Your Country", "Not a Crime", and "Tribal Connection," just to name a few.
* BadassMustache
* BilingualBonus: The majority of their songs have some non-English lyrics
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: A lot of the songs do this.
* ButNotTooForeign: Eugene lived in the US from when he was 15 to a few years ago so speaks near perfect English, despite using the wrong grammar in his songs (mostly for comedy purposes). When he lived in his native Ukraine, he never actually lived as a gypsy, and mostly sings about the culture because he has Romani ancestry and because he admires the sense of togetherness.
* CarefulWithThatAxe ([[{{pun}} Eugene?]]): "I Would Never Wanna Be Young Again"
* TheCasanova: "Sex Spider". Additionally, Hütz has become somewhat of a sex symbol.
* CitizenshipMarriage: "Greencard Husband"
* CrapsackWorld: The situation described in "When Universes Collide"
* CultureClash: Many of their songs address the giant differences across cultures
* DeterminedDefeatist: From "Huliganjetta": "If situation is no-win/Anyhow I'm going to win"
* DysfunctionalFamily: "My Strange Uncles From Abroad"
* MrFanservice: Eugene, according to Website/YouTube.
* FakeRadioShowAlbum: There are some random interjects in "Not A Crime"
* FunnyForeigner: The band themselves parody and subvert this trope, and there a few songs like "My Strange Uncles From Abroad" which discuss it
* FuroScene: "Avenue B"
* GenreAdultery: Each album will be somewhat folkish punkish but just how much punk and just how much folk is never certain. They've been known to cover some traditional Eastern European folk songs. In the collaboration known as Jüdisch-Ukrainische Freundschaft (J.U.F. for short) between Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat, things take a more dancey turn. The band also have some reggae and dub influences, the song DogsWereBarking starting off as a frenetic gypsy punk song before having a dub middle section complete with toasting (Jamaican style rapping).
* GodwinsLaw: "Mussolini vs. Stalin"
* GoldTooth: Hütz has one
* IndecipherableLyrics: Sometimes you can't understand it because it's in a different language; sometimes it's just plain impossible to understand in ''any'' language.
* LifeOfTheParty: In "American Wedding" the speaker attempts to be one, only to discover that quiet, traditional American weddings are vastly different from the giant, loud weddings he's used to.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Yes, it's a reference to that Creator/NikolaiGogol
* LyricalDissonance
* {{Malaproper}}
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: "Gypsy punk," combining punk music with various Eastern-European folk traditions and the occasional bit of reggae and dub.
* NostalgiaFilter: Discussed unfavorably a few times but it's pretty blatant in "Ultimate"
--> ''There were never any good old days''
--> ''They are today, they are tomorrow''
--> ''It's a stupid thing we say''
--> ''Cursing tomorrow with sorrow''
* OdeToIntoxication: "Alcohol"
* RecurringElement: A girl named Sally is mentioned quite a few times. Possibly named after Sally Norvell, though it's obviously not supposed to be her.
* ReligionRantSong: "Supertheory of Supereverything." Retracted in the song "Super Taranta!"
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: Hütz discovered that his grandmother has of Romani descent when he was 14, a fact that was kept from him purposefully. He has embraced his heritage and has supported various Romani rights organizations
* RuleOfCool: The clothes, the odd metaphors, etc.
* RuleOfFunny: His occasional poor grammar - his English is near perfect as he lived in the US since he was 15.
* {{Scatting}}: Tons of songs feature random shouting, las, das, and ah-yah-dahs.
* ShoutOut: Gogol Bordello is a reference to the writer Creator/NikolaiGogol
* TropeNamer: Gypsy Punk.
** Another famous band of the genre are the Norwegians Music/KaizersOrchestra, who are more indebted to Music/TomWaits than to Music/ThePogues. Kaizers are likely the TropeCodifier of Gypsy Punk.
* WanderlustSong: "Wonderlust King"
* WordSaladLyrics: All the time. In various languages.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Hütz came to America when he was twenty after traveling extensively through Europe and many of the songs address prejudice against immigrants and people of Romani descent.
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