The Books of Knjige
The Books of Knjige is the name of the Montenegrin rock band and comedian troop from Cetinje, also known as TBOK, Booksovci or Buksovci. It has four members: Popaj (Aleksandar Radunović), Goran (Goran Vujović), Gajo (Veselin Gajović) and Zonjo (Zoran Marković). They have made numerous TV comedy shows, an alternative rock album and host a weekly radio show on Radio Antena M. Their name, "The Books of Knjige" is an absurd for itself, since knjige means books in Montenegrin/Serbian. They are also registered as an NGO in Montenegro.
Members of this troop grew up as close friends in Cetinje, Montenegro. They have been know in the city for their frequent practical jokes and amateur comedy shows, which started their popularity.
The Books of Knjige have published only one official album, "Moja Domovina" ("My Homeland") in 2000. It was released by "Balkan Productions". Its first single, "Moja Domovina", was temporarily blocked on RTCG for its allegedly controversial content. Their genre is alternative rock, with predominantly humourous lyrics.
Also, in 2006 they have recorded a single "Bjež'te drogaši" ("Go Away, You Druggies") as a part of the Montenegrin Government's anti-drug campaign.
* Before each song there are short comical skits as its intro, recorded as separate tracks
The Books of Knige have hosted a radio show for a while on local Radio Cetinje, mostly consisting of previously prepared skits on current topics. In 1998, they have signed a contract with Radio Antena M, and are doing a weekly friday night show on that radio station.
The show is simply called "The Books of Knjige" and is on air live every Friday night, at midnight. It lasts for two hours. Popaj, Gajo and Goran are the show hosts, while fourth member, Zonjo, is a producer and DJ. The show is usually composed from three parts. The first one is a humorous talk about current events, with an satirical retrospect to last week's current events. The second part usually consists of talking with two guests, and making fun of them mercilessly. The guests are either popular singers, film directors and other famous people from Balkans or people with very bizarre occupations, hobbies or sexual preferences. The third, last part of the show is usually a series of skits, or simply a free talk about topics the hosts feel like talking about.
Some of the fictional characters from the TBOK radio serial:
Gardaš, a brutal police officer from Cetinje.
The Books of Knjige have recorded multiple TV comedy shows, broadcast on Montenegrin TV channels, RTCG and IN TV. Their shows are a mix of satire and paradox, often compared to the works of Bosnian troop Top Lista Nadrealista and widely popular Monty Python.
List of TV shows:
TBOK Top Volley (parody on a popular TV lottery)