Start Wearing Purple

Album: Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (2006)
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  • Although it wasn't released until 2006, Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz says the band's breakout song "Start Wearing Purple" was actually written in 1995. Hutz says the song is about a crazy neighbor he once had while living with his then-girlfriend. The neighbor was an old lady who used to dress in purple head-to-toe. According to Hutz, the woman was "clearly bonkers." When Hutz and his girlfriend had an argument, the girlfriend would scream and Hutz would respond by saying "you might as well start wearing purple now."

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