Kult (band)

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Kult
Kult - concert in Warsaw.jpg
Kult performing live in Warsaw on November 2, 2005.
Background information
Origin Warsaw, Poland
Genres Punk rock, rock, alternative rock, new wave, psychedelic rock, post-punk, jazz, hard rock
Years active 1982–present
Labels S.P. Records
Website http://www.kult.art.pl (in Polish)
Members Kazik Staszewski
Jarosław Ważny
Wojciech Jabłoński
Ireneusz Wereński
Janusz Grudziński
Janusz Zdunek
Piotr Morawiec
Tomasz Glazik
Tomasz Goehs

Kult is a Polish rock band formed in 1982 in Warsaw, originally consisting of Kazik Staszewski (lead vocals, saxophone), Piotr Wieteska (bass guitar), Tadeusz Bagan (guitars) and Dariusz Gierszewski (drums). Kult's early works were strongly influenced by alternative, progressive and punk rock, as well as the British new wave, but the band gradually incorporated more diverse and innovative styles in their music. The music of the band is primarily associated with strong lyrics by Staszewski and distinct wind section (saxophones, horn).

Before forming the band, all members of the original quartet had been playing together in either Poland or Novelty Poland, two bands lead by Staszewski between 1979 and 1981. The first concert of the new band in July 1982 sold only 14 tickets. However, in 1986 the band recorded its' first album (named eponymously "Kult"; released the following year), which attracted much attention and included early punk-inspired hits "Krew Boga", "O Ani" and "Wspaniała nowina". Initially the censorship office did not allow for release of many songs by Staszewski, clearly aimed against "the system". Also in 1987 a second album, the slightly psychedelic "Posłuchaj to do Ciebie" was released. Since then the band gained much popularity in Poland, with songs such as "Do Ani", "Arahja" and "Krew Boga" reaching #1 on Polish Radio 3 chart (LP3).

After 1989 and the end of Communist rule in Poland Kult enjoyed great success, with each of a series of albums bringing new hits to the tops of the radio charts. The "Generał Ferreira / Rząd oficjalny" from the 1991 album "Your Eyes" reached #1 on LP3 and stayed in the Top20 for 33 consecutive weeks. "Dziewczyna bez zęba na przedzie", "Komu bije dzwon", "Gdy nie ma dzieci" and "Lewy czerwcowy" (from the 1998 album "Ostateczny krach systemu korporacji") all reached #1 and stayed in the Top20 for 37, 38, 30 and 23 weeks, respectively. In addition, "Gdy nie ma dzieci" spent 9 weeks at #1, a former record among Polish artists, surpassed by Artur Rojek's "Syreny" in 2014.

Although the recent post-2000 albums by Kult enjoyed less popularity, Kult remains one of the best-known Polish musical groups. The band released a total of 13 studio albums and two live albums, including the 2010 recording of a MTV Unplugged concert.

History[edit]

Kult was formed in 1982 from Kazik Staszewski’s previous band, Novelty Poland.

In July 1982 the band performed at its first concert at the Remont Club in Warsaw.

Although it was not released until July 1987, the first Kult release was recorded in September 1986.

Kult’s music has its roots in punk, but now it has some elements of rock, ska, jazz, traditional balladry, reggae, and even poetry. From the start, the group has had an instantly recognizable sound and is distinguished by the voice and provocative lyrics of the lead singer, Kazik Staszewski.[1]

Kult became famous for the atmosphere they created at their concerts and the unorthodox message in their songs. Kult’s songs attack ‘the system’, understood as a conglomerate of the communist state apparatus, the Catholic Church, and others. In the nineties Kult took on the ‘new system’, which was seen as founded on pseudo-democratic leaders, the clergy and corporations.

Members[edit]

The original members of Kult were:

The membership of the band changed over the years. As of 2008, Kult consists of:

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[2]
Kult
  • Released: May 1987
  • Label: Polton, S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[3]
Posłuchaj to do ciebie
  • Released: October 1987
  • Label: Klub Płytowy Razem, S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[4]
Spokojnie
  • Released: December 1988
  • Label: Polton, S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[5]
Kaseta
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Polton, S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[6]
45-89
  • Released: February 1990
  • Label: Arston, Bogdan Studio, S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[7]
Your Eyes
  • Released: September 1991
  • Label: Zic Zac, S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[8]
Tata Kazika
  • Released: April 1993
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[9]
Muj wydafca
  • Released: October 1, 1994[11]
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[12]
Tata 2
  • Released: March 1, 1996[13]
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[14]
Ostateczny krach systemu korporacji
  • Released: May 4, 1998[15]
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[16]
Salon Recreativo
  • Released: October 1, 2001[17]
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[18]
1
Poligono Industrial
  • Released: December 5, 2005[19]
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download[20]
1
Hurra!
  • Released: September 28, 2009[23]
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download[24]
1
Prosto
  • Released: May 13, 2013[26]
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download[27]
1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL
[2]
Tan
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Arston, S.P. Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS, digital download[30]
MTV Unplugged
  • Released: November 22, 2010[31]
  • Label: S.P. Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, DVD, LP, Blu-ray
1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kult Following". Warsaw Voice. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  2. ^ a b http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=52&lang=
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    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=807&lang=
    http://olis.onyx.pl/listy/index.asp?idlisty=625&lang=
  3. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/kult/id591932933
  4. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/pos-uchaj-to-do-ciebie/id590003281
  5. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/spokojnie/id590009248
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/kaseta/id590004513
  7. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/45-89/id591932136
  8. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/your-eyes/id591932096
  9. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/tata-kazika/id591932190
  10. ^ a b http://www.terazrock.pl/aktualnosci/czytaj/Kult-ze-zlota-plyta-i-niespodzianka.html
  11. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,5596,title,Muj-Wydafca,plyta.html
  12. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/muj-wydafca/id591932112
  13. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,5597,title,Tata-2,plyta.html
  14. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/tata-2/id591930097
  15. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,5598,title,Ostateczny-Krach-Systemu-Korporacji,plyta.html
  16. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/ostateczny-krach-systemu-korporacji/id591996543
  17. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,5602,title,Salon-Recreativo,plyta.html
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/salon-recreativo/id592007751
  19. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,55023,title,Poligono-Industrial,plyta.html
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/poligono-industrial/id592672146
  21. ^ http://www.sprecords.com.pl/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=43&layout=blog&Itemid=74&limitstart=470
  22. ^ http://muzyka.onet.pl/kult-odebral-zlota-plyte/9hbj8
  23. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,539622,title,Hurra,plyta.html
  24. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/hurra!/id592676231
  25. ^ a b http://www.wiadomosci24.pl/artykul/hurra_niech_kult_zyje_nam_126865.html
  26. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,674340,title,Prosto,plyta.html
  27. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/prosto/id640197922
  28. ^ http://www.dziennikpolski24.pl/artykul/3287268,najnowsza-plyta-kultu-pokryla-sie-platyna,id,t.html?cookie=1
  29. ^ http://topguitar.pl/newsy/artysci-newsy/kult-odebral-platynowa-plyte-za-album-prosto/
  30. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/tan/id591937384
  31. ^ http://muzyka.wp.pl/rid,597574,title,MTV-Unplugged,plyta.html
  32. ^ http://muzyka.interia.pl/alternatywa/news/wielki-sukces-kultu,1609488,45
  33. ^ http://www.cgm.pl/aktualnosci,14553,mtv_unplugged_kult_diamentowa_plyta,news.html

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