Today the whole of Jammy Toast has gone into mourning after our friend Tim broke the news that Ivo Pešák has died. Ivo was a Czech singer, dancer, and comic performer. He is perhaps best known for his work with Ivan Mládek’s Banjo Band, and particularly for his high-spirited performance in the viral video phenomenon, featured on Jammy Toast yesterday, Jožin Z Bažin. Ivo was born at Jaroměř, then in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. He was a member of the rock ‘n’ roll revival band known as the Rockec Ivo Pesaka. He died in Prague from complications following a heart bypass surgery in 2011, he was 66. In Ivo’s later years, he was in a duo named Dýza Boys.
As many of you will know, Edward has been trawling through the Jammy Toast archives for posts to include on our other site; Classic Toast. Yesterday he discovered some posts from 2008 featuring an old friend of ours Jožin Z Bažin. Now Jožin is the creation of another old friend of ours Ivan Mládek. So for the purposes of those of you who have never head of Jožin or Ivan let me explain. Ivan Mládek is from Prague and in 1966 he formed his first – now famous – Banjo Band. In the 1970s Ivan and his Band had become famous in Czechoslovakia. By the mid-1980s, Ivan was the star of many Czechoslovakian television shows.
Those of you who have been following the Blog and The Bears for a VERY long time will remember Ivan Mládek and Jožin z bažin. So for the purposes of those of you who have never heard of Jožin or Ivan let me explain. Ivan Mládek is from Prague and in 1966 he formed his first, now-famous, Banjo Band. In the 1970s Ivan and his Band had become famous in Czechoslovakia. By the mid-1980s, Ivan turned to comedy and starred in many Czech television shows.
Jozin has become very popular around here and since we featured him on the blog, more and more videos are turning up on YouTube and the original Jozin Video has now been viewed over 1.5 million times. Despite this people are still asking; what is it all about? Ok here is what we know. This is a rough translation of the story based on Ivan’s lyrics.
Ivo Pešák — the guy with the funny dance in the Bog Monster Song — is now a member of a Czech Disco Band called The Dyza Boys and judging by the video he has lost none of his moves over the years. Interest in the original Ivana Mládka & Banjo Bandu is now reaching fever pitch on YouTube with the video gaining nearly half a million views. Many parodies of the original are also appearing but alas, none can match the originality and wit of the original.
After featuring the Bog Monster Song the other day and not knowing much about who the band were, we decided to see what we could find out. Erasmus didn’t sleep the night we found out about the Monster and then when Laura told him on her driving lesson that there was a Bog Monster in Bromborough… well that was it, he was hiding under the bed that night!
As most of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know, the bears make music videos from time to time. I personally think they have a big talent in this area and it is wonderful to see them. They all try their best but today we have seen a video from Poland and we have to admit we just can not match this!!