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Origin Moscow, Russia
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1991–present
Labels FeeLee Records (1997–2002)
AiB Records (2003–2007)
FG Nikitin (2008–2009)
Navigator Records (since 2009)
Members Dmitry Spirin
Sergey Prokofyev
Vasily Lopatin
Alexander Pronin
Nikolai Stravinsky

Tarakany! (Russian: Тараканы!; translated as "Cockroaches!") is a Russian punk rock band.


The history of the band that is currently named Tarakany! began in Moscow, Russia in 1991. Tarakany! was one of the first punk bands to emerge from the new Russian Federation after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The first name of the band was Kutuzovsky Prospect - this is the title of the street in Moscow where band members lived. A bit later the band was renamed to "Четыре таракана" (rus. "four cockroaches"). It has recorded its first album "Duty Free Songs" in 1992, it was distributed on tapes. Soon after that the vocalist left the band, and his place was taken by Dmitry Spirin, who still leads the band. In 1997 the band was renamed again to Tarakany!.

For the first 12 years of the band's life, Tarakany! has released nine albums and performed in more than 800 concerts. Until 2004, Tarakany! was relatively unknown outside their home country. This has changed with the release of their 10th album, Freedom Street, now available on Zurich Chainsaw Massacre Records.

They've toured Japan as well as parts of Europe, along with touring and playing large festivals in Russia. In 2003 Tarakany! organized a Russian tour, which ended with three shows in collaboration project with Marky Ramone under the name Marky Ramone & The Pinhead Army.

In January 2005, Tarakany! toured Europe with Marky Ramone on a special Ramones Night tour. Tarakany! played a set of their own material and then played a set of Ramones material with Marky on drums.

In 2013 Tarakany! released their new MaximumHappy! album (divided into two volumes). The album was recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany at Rock or Die Studio & Stereo-Labs Studio and was sponsored by the band's fans using Planeta croudfunding platform. Some of the songs at this album were recorded with Die Ärzte and Anti-Flag.

Tarakany! has been influenced by the Ramones, Bad Religion, Pennywise, TSOL and others. While being labeled a punk band, they also incorporate influences from ska, metal, and other genres into their music.



Studio albums[edit]

  • 1992 - Duty Free songs (as 4 Tarakana)
  • 1995 - Best Before... (as 4 Tarakana)
  • 1997 - Stole? Got Drunk?! Go to Jail!!! (rus. "Украл? Выпил?! В тюрьму!!!") (as 4 Tarakana)
  • 1998 - No Landing (rus. "Посадки нет")
  • 2000 - Popcorm. We taught the world to suck (rus. "Попкорм. Мы научили мир сосать")
  • 2002 - Fear and Loathing (rus. "Страх и ненависть")
  • 2003 - Freedom Street (rus. "Улица свободы")
  • 2004 - Rockets from Russia (rus. "Ракеты из России")
  • 2006 - Masters of the Universe (rus. "Властелины Вселенной")
  • 2008 - Unplugged Unlimited
  • 2009 - Fight Till Holes (rus. "Бой До Дыр")
  • 2013 - MaximumHappy vol. 1
  • 2013 - MaximumHappy vol. 2


  • 2009 - How Much Money Does God Have? (rus. "Сколько денег у Бога?")
  • 2010 - Heart of a Dog (rus. "Собачье сердце")
  • 2011 - Thank You! (rus. "Спасибо тебе!")

Live albums[edit]

  • 1999 - This is Life! (rus. "Это жизнь!")
  • 2004 - And we already rock! (rus. "А мы уже рубим!")
  • 2007 - Sharp claws. 15 years (rus. "Острые когти. 15 лет")
  • 2014 - MaximumHappy Live

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1997 - Short description of previous series (1991-1996) (rus. "Краткое содержание предыдущих серий (1991–1996)") (as 4 Tarakana)
  • 2001 - The Best is the Enemy of the Good (rus. "Лучшее Враг Хорошего")
  • 2007 - Rare Metals (rus. "Редкие Металлы")

Export albums[edit]

  • 2003 - Freedom Street
  • 2004 - Rockets from Russia
  • 2013 - Release
  • 2014 - Russian DemoCrazy

Split albums[edit]

  • 2001 - Punk this Town/A Real Punk? (with Sobut)
  • 2005 - Davai, Davai (with Scream of the presidents)
  • 2006 - If the Guys Were to Unite (rus. "Если парни объединятся") (with Distemper)
  • 2010 - Split (with Kirpichi)


  • 2004 - And we already rock! (rus. "А мы уже рубим!")
  • 2007 - Sharp claws. 15 years (rus. "Острые когти. 15 лет")


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