Leningrad (band)

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Leningrad
Leningrad in Prague, 07.jpg
Leningrad performing in 2017. Shnurov and Florida
Background information
Also known asGruppirovka Leningrad
OriginSaint Petersburg, Russia
GenresSka punk, ska, chanson, reggae fusion, folk
Years active1997–2008
2010–present
LabelsGala Records
O.G.I. Records
Websiteleningrad.top
MembersCurrent line-up
Past membersPast members

Leningrad (Russian: Ленинград), also known as Gruppirovka Leningrad (Russian: Группировка "Ленинград") and Bandformirovanie Leningrad (Russian: Бандформирование "Ленинград"), is a popular Russian rock band from Saint Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), led by Sergey "Shnur" Shnurov.

Composed of 14 members, the band was founded in the late 1990s. Leningrad worked in Gypsy punk style and soon became notorious for vulgar lyrics (including lots of Russian mat) and celebration of alcoholism. As a result, most radio stations initially avoided the band, which did not stop Leningrad's growing popularity, partly for purely aesthetic reasons, such as the rich brass sound. The band eventually made its way to radio and TV (with profanity bleeped out). Shnurov even presented several New Year's Eve TV shows.

In 2007, the group began experimenting with female backup vocals, finally choosing jazz singer Yuliya Kogan as a permanent band member.

Leningrad disbanded in 2008, and then reunited in 2010. Several new songs and videos have been released since, most of them featuring lead vocals by Kogan rather than Shnurov.

Cultural impact[edit]

As Shnurov said himself: "Our songs are just about the good sides of life: vodka and girls that is."

The band was so disliked by the then mayor of Moscow Yuriy Luzhkov, that he cancelled all of its attempted large-scale events in the city during his term in office.[1] Leningrad's numerous performances in Moscow were therefore limited to privately owned night clubs and bars.

A particular focus of the band's lyrics are mainstream cultural and political clichés. Kandidaty - pidory ("Candidates are faggots"), the refrain of their 2007 song "Vybory", became a widespread post-Soviet meme referring to electoral abstention. The 2010 song I Bolsche Nikovo ("And Nobody Else (That I Love"))[2] addresses Saint Petersburg's intended image as "Russia's cultural capital", ridiculed with the use of mat and references to alcoholism and street crime.

Shnurov is also fond of ridiculing Russian pop music and pop rock by covering the songs of popular performers and then inviting them to appear with Leningrad live on stage.

Soundtracks[edit]

Leningrad songs appeared in several popular pulp and crime films, notably DMB and Bimmer. Three songs by Leningrad appeared prominently on the soundtrack to the 2005 film Everything Is Illuminated. "Nikogo Ne Zhalko" ("No Pity for Anyone") is one of the songs used in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.[3] In 2015, Leningrad's song "Lastochka" was featured in the ending credits of the 2014 mockumentary film What We Do in the Shadows.

Current line-up[edit]

  • Sergei "Shnur" Shnurov (Сергей "Шнур" Шнуров) - vocals, arrangement, lyrics, guitar, bass (1997 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Vyacheslav "Sevych" Antonov (Вячеслав "Севыч" Антонов ) - backing vocals, maracas (2000 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Aleksandr "Puzo" Popov (Александр "Пузо" Попов) - bass drum, percussion, vocals (1997 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Andrey "Antonych" Antonenko (Андрей "Антоныч" Антоненко) - tuba, arrangement, accordion, keyboards (1997 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Grigoriy "Zontik" Zontov (Григорий "Зонтик" Зонтов) - tenor saxophone (2002 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Roman "Shukher" Parygin (Роман "Шухер" Парыгин) - trumpet (2002 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Andrey "Ded" Kurayev (Андрей "Дед" Кураев) - bass (2002 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Ilya "Pianist" Rogachevskiy (Илья "Пианист" Рогачевский) - keyboard (2002 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Konstantin "Limon" Limonov (Константин "Лимон" Лимонов) - guitar (2002 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Vladislav "Valdik" Aleksandrov (Владислав "Валдик" Александров) - trombone (2002 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Aleksey Kanev "Lekha" (Алексей "Лёха" Канев) - baritone saxophone, alto saxophone (2002 - 2008, 2010–present)
  • Denis Mozhin (Денис Можин) - sound director (2002 - 2008), drums (2010 - present)
  • Aleksey "Micksher" Kalinin (Алексей "Микшер" Калинин) - drums, percussion (1997 - 2002, 2006-2008, 2010 - present)
  • Dmitry Guguchkin (Дмитрий Гугучкин) - guitar (2010 - present)
  • Florida Chanturia - vocals, backing vocals (2016 - present)
  • Viktor Rapotihin - violin (2016 - present)

Past members[edit]

  • Yuliya "Yulia" Kogan (Юлия "Юля" Коган) - vocals, backing vocals (2007 -2008, 2010 - 2013)
  • Igor Vdovin (Игорь Вдовин) - vocal, guitar (1997 - 1999)
  • Roman "Romero" Fockin (Роман "Ромеро" Фокин) - saxophone (1997 - 2002)
  • Alexander "Sashko" Privalov (Александр "Сашко" Привалов) - trumpet (1998 - 2002)
  • Oleg Sokolov (Олег Соколов) - trumpet (1997 - 1998)
  • Vasiliy "Grasshopper" Savin (Василий "Кузнечик" Савин) - trombone (1998 - 2002)
  • Dmitry "Antenna" Melnikov (Дмитрий "Антенна" Мельников) - drums (2000 - 2002)
  • Ilya "Dracula" Ivashov (Илья "Дракула" Ивашов) - tuba (1997 - 2002)
  • Stas Baretsky (Стас Барецкий) - dancing and mascot (2005 - 2008)
  • Denis "Kashchey" Kuptsov (Денис "Кащей" Купцов) - drums (2002 - 2008)
  • Michael Gopack (Михаил Гопак) - trombone (2002)
  • Daniil "Dan" Kalashnick (Даниил "Дэн" Калашник) - guitar (1999 - 2002)
  • Maxim Temnov (Максим Темнов) - bass, double bass (2001 - 2002)
  • Sergei Arsenyev (Сергей Арсеньев) - accordion (2001)
  • Alice Vox-Burmistrova (Алиса Вокс-Бурмистрова)- vocals, backing vocals (2012 – 2016)
  • Vasilisa Starshova - vocals, backing vocals (2016 - 2017)

Discography[edit]

Year Title Translation Other information
1999 Пуля Bullet
1999 Мат без электричества Mat without the electricity (idiomatically, "Mat Unplugged" or "Acoustic Mat")
2000 Дачники Dacha People
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 Бабаробот Fembot
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
2007 Аврора Aurora
2011 Хна Henna
2011 Вечный огонь The Eternal Fire Internet release; CD has yet to be released
2012 Рыба Fish
2014 Фарш Minced Meat
2014 Пляж наш Our Beach

Videography[edit]

  • 2016: - (Exhibit (aka Louboutins)) (Юлия Топольницкая (Yuliya Topolnitskaya), actress)[4]
  • September 1, 2016: - "Сиськи" (Tits) (Anna Parmas, director; Yuliya Topolnitskaya, actress)
  • 2017: - "Кольщик" (Kolshchik) (Ilya Naishuller, director; Yuliya Topolnitskaya, actress))
  • 2017: - "Вояж" (Voyage) (Ilya Naishuller; director)
  • 2017: - (Ecstasy)

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