Taxi (Romanian band)

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Taxi
Origin Romania
Years active 1993–present
Website http://www.trupataxi.ro
Members Dan Teodorescu
Adrian Bortun
Cantemir Neacşu
Mugurel Coman
Darius
Vicky Albu

Taxi are a Romanian pop-rock band. Their sound is an eclectic mix of rock and contemporary pop, occasionally introducing other influences such as hot Nashville-style guitar licks.

The band was founded March 13, 1999 in Bucharest. Dan Teodorescu, songwriter, lead vocalist and the band's leader, first recruited Adrian Bortun, with whom he had previously played in Altceva ("Something Else"). Bortun recruited his former bandmate Andrei Bărbulescu from Sarmalele Reci ("The Cold Sarmale"; sarmale are meat rolls with cabbage); Dan recruited Georgică Pătrănoiu with whom he had also played before.

Their first Romanian hit was "Criogenia salvează România" ("Cryogenics saves Romania"), which gained them fans even among the members of the Romanian Parliament with its ironic political lyrics.

Hai să ne băgam cu toţii-n nişte frigidere mari
Să ne congelăm pentru vreo sută de ani
Şi să-i aşteptăm liniştiţi pe-americani
Poa' să vină japonezii, poa' să vină şi nemţii
Să ne facă reformă că noi nu avem pretenţii
Doar atât le vom cere: să nu ne uite-n frigidere
- Dan Teodorescu - "Criogenia salvează România"
Let's put ourselves all in some huge refrigerators
To freeze for about 100 years
And let the Americans come and solve our problems.
Even the Japanese and the Germans may come
To reform our economy;
We will not complain, but we have a small thing to ask:
"Please, do not forget us in the fridge!..."

It was followed by an EP Jumătate de album (Half an album), after which drummer Andrei Bărbulescu left and was replaced by Lucian Cioargă. Shortly after their song "Luna" ("The Moon") became the Romanian nominee to the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest. They came in seventeenth,[1] a higher rank than any other Romanian band ever had, but disappointing nonetheless. A few months after the Festival in Stockholm, they debuted an English-language song called "E.B.U - European Broadcasting Union": "We played poker by their rules... But in the end, they told us that four jacks are stronger than four aces." The song continues on, using an obscene expletive to express their disregard for the contest.

Taxi welcomed the 2000 millennium with a song "Doi zero zero zero" ("Two zero zero zero"). Jumătate de album was expanded in July 2000 to a full album Trag un claxon (Honk a Horn). A succession of Romanian hist included "Comunitaru" ("Stray Dog"), which addresses Bucharest's plan of spaying and euthanizing ownerless dogs from the point of view of one of the dogs. The song describes, ironically, the state of the Romanian economy and society, then goes on to a chorus:

Castraţi-mă, castraţi-mă,
Sau, dacă vreţi, eutanasiaţi-mă,
Pentru că singura voastră problemă
Sunt eu, câinele comunitar'.
- Dan Teodorescu, "Comunitaru"
(Castrate me, castrate me,
Or, if you like, euthanize me,
Because your only problem
Is me, the stray dog.)

This appeared on their 2001 album Americanofonia, the title track of which is a song about the flood of English-language expressions entering Romanian:

Business, meeting, briefing, trading,
Casting, shopping, fashion, trend,
Dealer, broker, leader, joker,
Manager, advertising, P.R., brand,
Lobby, hobby, weekend, party,
Timeout, fifty-fifty, supermarket, copyright,
Discount, cash, card, net, mail, chat, standby,
D.J., V.J., L.P., C.D., bye-bye!
Oops, yeah...
Suntem anglofoni, americanofoni,
Suntem bu-bu, bu-bu, bu-bufoni.
- Dan Teodorescu, "Americanofonia"
(We're English-speakers, American-speakers,
We're foo-foo foo-foo foo-fools.)

Teodorescu was married for four years to Melania Medeleanu; the autumn 2006 divorce was amicable, and Medeleanu sings on one track of the 2007 Taxi album Romantica.[2] There are several other collaborators on the album, including Cheloo of Paraziţii.[3]

In late 2010, they released the single "Cele două cuvinte" (The two words). The video featured more than two dozen male Romanian celebrities (actors, singers, TV personalities, athletes, filmmakers) explaining men's inability to say "I LOVE YOU" and became a YouTube hit, receiving more than 1,500,000 views in less than 2 months.

Band members[edit]

  • Dan Teodorescu (vocals, guitar)
  • Adrian Bortun (bass guitar)- until November 2009
  • Cantemir Neacşu (lead guitars), January 2006 – present
  • George (a.k.a. Georgică or GXG) Pătrănoiu (lead guitars) December 1999-January 2006
  • Andrei Bărbulescu (drums), March–November 1999, February 2003-June 2006 (?)
  • Lucian Cioargă (drums), December 1999-February 2003
  • Darius Neagu (drums), July 2006 – present
  • Mugurel Coman (keyboards), January 2006 – present
  • Vicky Albu (vocals)
  • Kerezsi Csongor (bass guitar) - November 2009 – present

Albums[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Official 2000 Eurovision results, accessed online 4 April 2007.
  2. ^ Stiri : După divorţul de Dan Teodorescu, Melania Medeleanu se afişeaza cu fostul solist al trupei Stigma, ("News: After the divorce from Dan Teodorescu, Melania Medeleanu is going out with the former soloist of the troupe Stigma") eGhid.ro, 28 March 2007. Accessed online 4 April 2007.
  3. ^ Componenţii trupei TAXI sunt nişte romantici, ("Members of the troupe Taxi are some romantics", Realitatea Românească, 21 February 2007. Accessed online 4 April 2007.

External links[edit]

  • Official Website - includes extensive free downloads of the band's songs, including at least six in English.
Preceded by
Mălina Olinescu
with "Eu cred"
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2000
Succeeded by
Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel
with "Tell Me Why"
Preceded by
Mălina Olinescu
with "Eu cred"
Winner of Selecţia Naţională
2000
Succeeded by
Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel
with "Tell Me Why"