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Lady Pank garnered some attention in the United States in 1986, when MTV placed the video for the band's single Minus Zero on rotation. The title was somewhat changed for the English language release; the original Polish title Mniej niż zero means "less than zero".
Lady Pank was quite a curiosity on the Polish musical market in that they gained widespread attention and notoriety even before they were actually formed. The group, which was originally planning to call itself "Żużel", received a lot of media coverage as a result of a skillfully conducted promotional campaign.
Lineups and musicians
Lady Pank's lineup has changed many times over the years but the core of Jan Borysewicz and Janusz Panasewicz have maintained a specific and recognizable sound for the quintet. The role of the frontman is played by lead vocalist Panasewicz, with occasional help from guitarist Borysewicz (who has sung lead on a few tracks).
The original members of band were:
- Jan Borysewicz - solo guitar
- Janusz Panasewicz - vocal
- Paweł Mścisławski - bass guitar
- Edmund Stasiak - guitar
- Jarosław Szlagowski - drums
The band's current line up is:
- Jan Borysewicz - solo guitar/vocal
- Janusz Panasewicz - vocal
- Kuba Jabłoński- drums
- Krzysztof Kieliszkiewicz - bass guitar
- Michal Sitarski - guitar
The band's most popular songs are: Tańcz głupia, tańcz ("Dance stupid, dance"), Mniej niż zero ("Less than zero"), Wciąż bardziej obcy ("More and more of a stranger"), Kryzysowa narzeczona ("Crisis fiancée"), Zamki na piasku ("Castles on the sand"), Tacy sami ("Just the same"), Zostawcie Titanica ("Leave the Titanic alone"), Mała wojna ("Little war"), Zawsze tam gdzie ty ("Always there, where you are"), Znowu pada deszcz ("It's raining again"), Na granicy ("On the Border"), Stacja Warszawa ("Warsaw Station").
In 1983 alone, the group performed live 369 times. After another three years the total number of live shows grew to over 800, a record at the time in Poland. On November 30, 2000 Lady Pank played a jubilee concert in Wrocław, celebrating the group's 18th birthday.
Both Jan Borysewicz and the other guitar players in the band have a soft spot in their hearts for Fender Stratocaster guitars and Marshall amplifiers, although recently they have also been experimenting with Orange amplifiers. Lady Pank's road crew is also very partial to this equipment.
The discography of Lady Pank consists of about 20 albums and over 200 tracks, many of which exist in a several versions (e.g. studio, live, English-language, acoustic, techno).
Studio and Concert Albums
- Lady Pank (1983)
- Ohyda (1984)
- Drop Everything (1985)
- LP3 (1986)
- O dwóch takich, co ukradli księżyc (1986)
- O dwóch takich, co ukradli księżyc cz. 2 (1988)
- Tacy sami (1989)
- Zawsze tam, gdzie ty (1990)
- Na na (1994)
- Akustycznie: Mała wojna (1995)
- Międzyzdroje (1996)
- Zimowe graffiti (1996)
- W transie (1997)
- Łowcy głów (1998)
- Koncertowa (1999)
- Nasza reputacja (2000)
- Teraz (2004) POL No. 3
- Strach się bać (2007) POL No. 3
- Maraton (2011)
Compilations and Special Editions
- The Best of Lady Pank (1990)
- Lady Pank '81-'85 (1992)
- Ballady (1995)
- Gold (1995)
- Złote przeboje (2000)
- Besta besta (2002)
- The Best - Zamki na piasku (2004)
- Lady Pank - Box 13 CD (2007)
- Gwiazdy polskiej muzyki lat 80. (2007)
- Gwiazdy polskiej muzyki lat 80. – vol. 2 (2007)
- Trójka Live! (2008)