Kombi (band)

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Kombi
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Background information
Also known as Akcenty, Kombi Łosowski
Origin Gdańsk, Poland
Genres Funk rock, synthpop
Years active 1969–1992, 2004–present
Labels Tonpress, Pronit, Wifon, Polskie Nagrania Muza
Associated acts Kombii
Website kombi.pl
Members Sławomir Łosowski, Tomasz Łosowski, Zbigniew Fil, Karol Kozłowski
Past members Grzegorz Skawiński, Waldemar Tkaczyk, Jan Pluta, Mariusz Bryl, Benedykt Musioł, Ryszard Gębura, Przemysław Pahl, Zbigniew Kraszewski, Jerzy Piotrowski

Kombi is a musical band from Poland, founded in 1969 in Gdańsk by Sławomir Łosowski. In the beginning, the group played mostly experimental, jazz music. In second half of 70s they turned into funk rock, later their style turned towards synthpop. They used such musical equipment as Commodore 64 as a MIDI sequencer, Prophet 5, Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer, Simmons SDS-V electronic drum kit and Roland TR-808 drum machine.[1] The band was known for its characteristic sound, based on state-of-the-art electronic instruments programmed (and often modified) by Łosowski, distinctive vocals and guitar playing by Skawiński and Tkaczyk's bass slapping style. Their most popular songs include "Słodkiego miłego życia", "Nasze randez-vous", "Black and White", "Kochać cię - za późno", "Za ciosem cios", "Nie ma zysku", "Przytul mnie", "Królowie życia" and "Nietykalni - skamieniałe zło".

History[edit]

The band previously performed as Akcenty, and played their first live gig as Kombi in August 1976.[2] In 1979, they released their first single "Wspomnienia z pleneru" and published three songs on a compilation Muzyka młodej generacji. Their debut album Kombi followed in 1980. In the same year, the band started recording their second album Królowie życia, which they released in 1981.

Their 1983 single "Inwazja z Plutona" introduced the new style influenced by synthesizers. The group's third album, Nowy rozdział recorded in 1983 and released the following year, was dominated by synthpop and included their biggest hit "Słodkiego miłego życia" as well as popular songs "Kochać cię - za późno" and "Nie ma zysku". At the 21st National Festival of Polish Song in Opole in 1984, Kombi won the audience award for "Słodkiego miłego życia".[3] The band released their next album Kombi 4 in 1985, and the LP included hits "Nasze randez-vous" and "Black and White". The following year, to commemorate Kombi's 10th anniversary, the band embarked on a tour.

1989 saw the release of their last studio album, Tabu, recorded the year before, which spawned the politically charged hit "Nietykalni - skamieniałe zło". In 1991, the group re-recorded their hits for the new album The Best of Kombi. They split up in 1992 due to musical plans of Grzegorz Skawiński, after that Łosowski decided to suspend band, and stopped finding new musicians for Kombi due to difficult personal situation.

In 2003, Skawiński, Tkaczyk and Pluta reformed as Kombii without Łosowski, with new keyboarder Bartosz Wielgosz. Łosowski newer agreed with this move of excolleagues, so in 2004, Łosowski formed a band called Łosowski and released a new album Zaczarowane miasto in 2009. In 2013–2014 he returned to original band name - Kombi. In 2013 Kombi released "Live" album, with concert in Grudziądz, and in 2016 "Nowy Album" (eng. New Album) had its premiere.

Discography[edit]

  • 1980: Kombi
  • 1981: Królowie życia
  • 1984: Nowy rozdział
  • 1985: Kombi 4
  • 1986: 10 Years – The Best of Kombi – Live
  • 1989: Tabu
  • 1990: 15 lat
  • 1991: The Best of Kombi
  • 1993: Koncert 15-lecia
  • 1993: The Singles
  • 1998: Gold
  • 2009: Zaczarowane miasto
  • 2013: Live
  • 2016: Nowy album

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Grzegorz Skawiński – lead guitar, vocal
  • Waldemar Tkaczyk – bass guitar, drums
  • Jan Pluta – drums
  • Mariusz Bryl – drums
  • Benedykt Musioł – drums
  • Ryszard Gębura – drums
  • Przemysław Pahl – drums
  • Zbigniew Kraszewski – drums
  • Jerzy Piotrowski – drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historia zespołu" (in Polish). kombi.pl. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Kombii :: Utwory :: RMF FM" (in Polish). www.rmf.fm. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Kombi - Europopmusic". europopmusic.eu. Retrieved 2015-09-15.