|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Russian Wikipedia. (December 2010)|
Leningrad performing in 2007. Shnurov (left) and Baretsky
|Also known as||Gruppirovka Leningrad|
|Origin||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Years active||1997–2008 2010–|
Aleksey Kanev "Lekha"
Leningrad (Russian: Ленинград), also known as Gruppirovka Leningrad (Russian: Группировка "Ленинград") and Bandformirovanie Leningrad (Russian: Бандформирование "Ленинград"), is a popular Russian ska punk band from Saint Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), led by Sergey "Shnur" Shnurov.
Composed of 14 members, the band appeared in the late 1990s. They soon became famous for their vulgar lyrics containing obscenity, aestheticization of alcoholism and a lot of Russian mat, the main reason they were avoided by most radio stations at first. But this did not stop Leningrad's growing popularity, partly because of the rich brass sound. The band have made their way to radio and TV (filler noises covering the prohibited words), with Shnurov even presenting some New Year's Eve TV shows.
Circa 2007 the group began experimenting with female back vocals, finally choosing tall redhead jazz singer Yuliya Kogan as a permanent participant.
Disbanded in 2008, Leningrad reunited in 2010. Several new songs and videos have been released since, most of them featuring lead vocals by Kogan, not Shnur.
Cultural impact 
As Shnurov said himself: "Our songs are just about the good sides of life, vodka and girls that is." Several of Leningrad's recent songs portray women (using Yuliya Kogan's voice) worshiping man's penis.
The band are known to be so disliked by the mayor of Moscow Yuriy Luzhkov, that he has cancelled all of their ever attempted large-scale events in the city during his long term in office. Thus Leningrad's numerous performances in Moscow were limited to privately owned night clubs or bars.
Another field of the band's artistic interests are mainstream cultural and political clichés. 2007 song Vybory's final string Kandidaty - pidory ("Candidates are faggots") became a widespread post-Soviet meme referring to the election abstention. 2010 song I Bolsche Nikogo ("And Nobody Else (That I Love") addresses Saint Petersburg's intended image as "Russia's cultural capital", ridiculed with the use of mat and references to alcoholism and street crime.
Leningrad songs appeared in several popular films, mostly those of pulp and crime inclination, notably DMB and Bimmer. Three songs by Leningrad appeared prominently on the soundtrack to the 2005 film Everything Is Illuminated. "Nikogo Ne Zhalko" is one of the songs used in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
Current line-up 
- Sergei "Shnur" Shnurov (Сергей "Шнур" Шнуров) - vocals, arrangement, lyrics
- Yuliya "Yulia" Kogan (Юлия "Юля" Коган) - vocals, backing vocals
- Vyacheslav "Sevych" Antonov (Вячеслав "Севыч" Антонов ) - backing vocals, maracas
- Aleksandr "Puzo" Popov (Александр "Пузо" Попов) - bass drum, percussion, vocals
- Andrey "Antonych" Antonenko (Андрей "Антоныч" Антоненко) - tuba, arrangement
- Denis Mozhin (Денис Можин) - sound director
- Grigoriy "Zontik" Zontov (Григорий "Зонтик" Зонтов) - tenor saxophone
- Denis "Kashchey" Kuptsov (Денис "Кащей" Купцов) - drums
- Roman "Shukher" Parygin (Роман "Шухер" Парыгин) - trumpet
- Andrey "Ded" Kurayev (Андрей "Дед" Кураев) - bass
- Ilya "Pianist" Rogachevskiy (Илья "Пианист" Рогачевский) - keyboard
- Konstantin "Limon" Limonov (Константин "Лимон" Лимонов) - guitar
- Vladislav "Valdik" Aleksandrov (Владислав "Валдик" Александров) - trombone
- Aleksey Kanev "Lekha" (Алексей "Лёха" Канев) - baritone saxophone, alto saxophone
- Stas Baretsky (Стас Барецкий) - dancing and mascot
|1999||Мат без электричества||Mat without the electricity (idiomatically, "Mat Unplugged" or "Acoustic Mat"|
|2001||Пуля+ (Диск 1)||Bullet+ (Disc 1)|
|2001||Пуля+ (Диск 2)||Bullet+ (Disc 2)|
|2001||Маде ин жопа||Made in the Ass|
|2002||Пираты XXI века||Pirates of the 21st Century|
|2002||Точка||Point||Contains the song "Money"|
|2003||Ленинград уделывает Америку (Диск 1)||Leningrad does America (Disc 1)|
|2003||Ленинград уделывает Америку (Диск 2)||Leningrad does America (Disc 2)|
|2003||Второй Магаданский||Second Magadan|
|2003||Для миллионов||For Millions||Contains the song "Меня зовут Шнур".|
|2004||(Не) Полное собрание сочинений||(Un) Collected Works||Greatest Hits Record|
|2005||Хуйня||Bullshit||Collaboration with The Tiger Lillies.|
|2006||Хлеб||Bread||German release of Хлеб|
|2006||Бабье лето||Indian Summer|
|2011||Вечный огонь||The Eternal Fire||Internet release, wasn't released on CD yet|
- Sladkyi Son ("Sweet Dream") official MP3 release, Pizdabol ("Cheap Talker") official MP3 release. One more song, Ne Mozhet Byt ("It Can't Be True"), released through YouTube only.
- Запрещенная Лужковым группа «Ленинград» выступит в поддержку его соперника Лебедева
- Official MP3 release, additionally ridiculing Madonna.
- appearing on the set list for a mock Russian-themed radio station in the game called Vladivostok FM.
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- Leningrad's music page at Media Club
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- Lyrics with English Translations at RussMus.Net