Acid Drinkers

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Acid Drinkers
Acid Drinkers 00001.jpg
Acid Drinkers in 2008
Background information
Origin Poznań, Poland
Genres Thrash metal, heavy metal, crossover thrash
Years active 1986–present
Labels Metal Mind, Under One Flag, Sony Music Entertainment Poland, Mystic Production
Website Official Website
Members Tomasz "Titus" Pukacki
Darek "Popcorn" Popowicz
Maciej "Ślimak" Starosta
Wojciech "Jankiel" Moryto
Past members Robert "Litza" Friedrich
Przemek "Perla" Wejmann
Tomek "Lipa" Lipnicki
Aleksander "Olass" Mendyk †

Acid Drinkers are a Polish thrash metal band formed in September 1986 in Poznań. Acid Drinkers were formed on 21 September 1986 consisting of Tomasz "Titus" Pukacki (vocals, bass) and Robert "Litza" Friedrich (guitar, vocals). The band's style is thrash metal, with influences of heavy metal. Acid Drinkers are rated as one of the most important bands in the Polish thrash and heavy metal world.[1]

History[edit]

Line-up soon expanded as Dariusz "Popcorn" Popowicz (lead guitar) and a drummer Piotr "Chomik" Kulk (shortly after replaced by Maciej "Ślepy" Głuchowski) joined the band. With this line-up the band worked on its own compositions; such as "Barmy Army", "Del Rocca" and "I Mean Acid". Within a month of the band's creation, Pukacki was called to join the army and left the band for two years. The others did not intend to idle their time away; Friedrich and Popowicz undertook a reactivation of the band named Slavoy. Soon both of them received a proposal to play for reputable groups: Popowicz from Wolf Spider, and Friedrich from Turbo.

After returning from the army, Pukacki tried to reactivate his first band, Los Desperados. His attempts misfired and Pukacki himself, after meeting with Popowicz, decided to reform Acid Drinkers with Friedrich and Maciek "Ślimak" Starosta. Their debut took place 26 August 1989 on Słodowa Island in Wrocław. That performance was actually the beginning of the band's true career. Rumors about a new, excellent metal group swiftly spread across Poland. Soon afterwards the band received an opportunity to record an album. With this line-up there emerged their best-known classics, including their debut, Are You a Rebel?, Vile Vicious Vision and their most famous, Infernal Connection. At the end of 1998, Friedrich decided to leave the band. Przemysław "Perła" Wejmann, a vocalist and guitarist and a leader of Guess Why, replaced him. With Wejmann on board, the Acids recorded three albums Amazing Atomic Activity, Broken Head and Acidofilia. At the very beginning of 2003, Wejmann decided to leave the band. It took almost a month before a new guitarist was chosen. The new member turned out to be a well-known frontman of an already disbanded group–Illusion–Tomek "Lipa" Lipnicki. Together with Lipnicki, the Acids recorded a well-received long-play, Rock Is Not Enough. After over a year of cooperation, the new guitarist left Acid Drinkers for his own project, Lipali. His place in the band was taken over by Aleksander "Olass" Mendyk from None. The new member of Acid's crew quickly integrated himself into the band and was an active member. The band released a critically acclaimed album Verses of Steel, with most of the songs written by the new guitarist. On 30 November 2008, Mendyk died from circulatory failure, in Kraków, at the age of 29. He was replaced on 9 May 2009, by a new member, Wojciech "Jankiel" Moryto.

To date, Acid Drinkers are widely considered the best and most spectacular thrash-metal band in Poland. Their popularity has gone far beyond the typical metal music sphere. The Acids have played over 500 shows e.g. on Jarocin festivals, Metalmania, Węgorzewo, Przystanek Woodstock or Odjazdy. The Acids performed there as foreground celebrities. They preceded performances in Poland by, among others, Deep Purple, Megadeth, Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura, Paradise Lost and Slayer. Moreover, many known Polish artists such as: Edyta Bartosiewicz, Kazik Staszewski, Tomek Lipnicki, Patrycja Kosiarkiewicz or Grzegorz Skawiński took part in Acids’ recordings. Acid Drinkers were four times (in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2009) awarded with a Fryderyk in the hard and heavy category, and received in 1998 from TVP 2 the "Złoty bączek" (Golden spinning top) award for being the best music group from Poland. Additionally, they were acknowledged as one of the five best Polish artists of the 1990s (together with Hey, Kazik Staszewski, Edyta Bartosiewicz and O.N.A.) by journalists and readers of Tylko Rock (Only Rock) magazine.

In 2010 the band released a second covers album called Fishdick Zwei - The Dick Is Rising Again. The Boys took a workshop compositions by artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Slayer, Frank Sinatra Donna Summer, The B52's + guests (Anna Brachaczek team BiFF and Czesław Mozil)

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Are You a Rebel?
  • Released: 9 September 1990[9]
  • Label: Under One Flag
  • Formats: CD
Dirty Money, Dirty Tricks
  • Released: 17 June 1991[10]
  • Label: Under One Flag
  • Formats: CD
Strip Tease
  • Released: 14 September 1992[11]
  • Label: Under One Flag
  • Formats: CD
Vile Vicious Vision
  • Released: 10 October 1993[12]
  • Label: Under One Flag
  • Formats: CD, digital download[13]
Infernal Connection
  • Released: December 1994
  • Label: Loud Out Records
  • Formats: CD
The State of Mind Report
  • Released: 22 April 1996[14]
  • Label: Polton
  • Formats: CD
High Proof Cosmic Milk
  • Released: 18 March 1998[15]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: CD
Amazing Atomic Activity
  • Released: 17 May 1999[16]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: CD
Broken Head
  • Released: 9 October 2000[17]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: CD
15
Acidofilia
  • Released: 24 June 2002[18]
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD
25
Rock Is Not Enough
  • Released: 24 May 2004[19]
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD
16
Verses of Steel
  • Released: 7 July 2008[20]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[21]
9
La part du diable
  • Released: 19 October 2012[22]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[23]
6
25 Cents for a Riff
  • Released: 6 October 2014[24]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[25]
4
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Cover albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[2]
Fishdick
  • Released: 6 June 1994[26]
  • Label: Loud Out Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download[27]
Fishdick Zwei – The Dick Is Rising Again
  • Released: 1 September 2010[28]
  • Label: Mystic Production
  • Formats: CD, digital download[29]
3
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Maximum Overload
  • Released: 9 September 2002
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: CD
Acid Empire Anthology 1989–2008
  • Released: 7 July 2008
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: CD

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Varran Strikes Back: Alive!
  • Released: 14 September 1998
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: CD

Video albums[edit]

Title Video details
15 Screwed Years
  • Released: 14 June 2004[30]
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: DVD
The Hand That Rocks the Coffin
  • Released: 5 August 2006
  • Label: Metal Mind Productions
  • Formats: DVD+CD

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Directed Album
1992 "Menel Song / Always Look..."
Strip Tease
1993 "Zero"
Vile Vicious Vision
"Midnight Visitor"
"Pizza Driver"
1994 "Track Time 66,6"
Infernal Connection
1996 "2B1"
The State of Mind Report
1998 "High Proof Cosmic Milk"
High Proof Cosmic Milk
"Sad Like A Coal Check" Łukasz Jankowski
"Proud Mary"
1999 "Satisfaction" (The Rolling Stones cover) Amazing Atomic Activity
2000 "Don't Go To Where I Sleep" Broken Head
2002 "Disease Foundation"
Acidofilia
"Acidofilia"
2004 "Hate Unlimited" Łukasz Jankowski Rock Is Not Enough
"E.E.G.O.O."
2008 "Swallow the Needle" CVK Studio Filmowe[31] Verses of Steel
"Blues Beatdown (In Memory of Olass)" Gunn, Wicek, Krzyk, Blonson[32]
2010 "Love Shack" (The B-52's cover) TakeOne Studio[33][34] Fishdick Zwei – The Dick Is Rising Again
2011 "Hit the Road Jack" (Ray Charles cover)
2012 "Old Sparky" La Part Du Diable

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Vile Vicious Vision". muzyka.wp.pl. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
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  14. ^ "The State of Mind Report". muzyka.wp.pl. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "High Proof Cosmic Milk". muzyka.wp.pl. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Amazing Atomic Activity". muzyka.wp.pl. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
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  18. ^ "Acid Drinkers - Acidofilia - Pyta - Muzyka w INTERIA.PL". Muzyka.interia.pl. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
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  24. ^ "Aktualności - ACID DRINKERS ujawniają okładkę nowej płyty! - Wytwórnia płytowa - Mystic Production". Mystic.pl. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
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  31. ^ "Acid Drinkers - Swallow The Needle". YouTube. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  32. ^ "Acid Drinkers - Blues Beatdown (In Memory Of Olass)". YouTube. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  33. ^ "Acid Drinkers - 25 Cents For a Riff". Acid-drinkers.com. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  34. ^ "Aktualności - ACID DRINKERS nagrali nowy klip! - Wytwórnia płytowa - Mystic Production". Mystic.pl. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 

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