Much of the band's sound is inspired by Gypsy music. The band incorporates accordion and violin mixed with punk and dub.
The band has appeared in a number of popular films, most notably in 2005's Everything Is Illuminated in which the lead singer, Eugene Hütz, co-starred with Elijah Wood in a dramedy and adventure story about the Nazi purges in Ukraine. The entire group was present for one shot in which they played a brass band in a set that included the Star Spangled Banner. They also played the traditional Yiddish tune "Bublitschki". Gogol Bordello contributed the song "Start Wearing Purple" to the film's score.
The band also has their own documentary called Gogol Bordello Non-Stop. This documentary was filmed in 2008 and follows the band's progress.
In 2012, the band recorded a new song titled 'Let's Get Crazy' for Coca Cola's Euro 2012 advertising campaign.
On July 25, 2013, Oren Kaplan, the former guitarist, filed suit against Eugene Hutz on behalf of the Gypsy Punks LLC alleging that Hutz embezzled half a million dollars from the band's account to personal accounts.
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