Illustrative photo – Petr Hošek, singer and guitarist of the punk rock band Plexis, died at the age of 55 (pictured on January 31, 2017).
Prague – This afternoon, people can say goodbye to the singer and guitarist of the punk rock band Plexis, Petr Hošek, at the Scaranica crematorium. The singer died after a short illness on Monday, January 23, he was 55 years old. Hošek was a prominent figure in the domestic punk scene, he was also active in the groups Do rájne!, Michael's Uncle or St. Vincent.
Petr Hošek was born on February 8, 1967 in Prague. He grew up in a musical environment, his mother was a singer in the acclaimed folk bands Skiffle, Kontra and Traxleri. He considered the year 1982 to be an important turning point in his life, when he first heard the punk band Buzzcock and their song Promises. He founded the Plexis group in 1984.
In 1986, the communist regime banned the group, and Plexis then played mostly at unofficial events. It was during this difficult time that the communist State Security (StB) forced him to sign a cooperation agreement. After November 1989, Hošek publicly admitted to signing. He claimed that he did not harm anyone because he did not attend meetings with the StB. In 1990, Plexis released their debut album Midnight Rebel.
Hošek and Plexis always presented their world as one big party. Their biggest hit, The World is Bars, speaks for itself. “That's just the way it is. For me, punk is above all fun, my lifestyle does not consist of being permanently angry. I would express it with the slogan 'it sucks to be pissed',” he said some time ago.
Despite his rather cheerful image, Plexis also went through a difficult period of drug addiction, which they sing about on the 1992 album White Killer. for that,” said Hošek, pointing to former Plexis guitarist Johnny Jukl, who was arrested and accused of producing heroin.
Hošek's broad musical range is also evidenced by his work in the Maradona Jazz project and his performance as a DJ as DJ Mucho. He was particularly interested in Latin American jazz.