Nautilus Pompilius (band)
Nautilus Pompilius in concert, late 1980s.
|Genres||Art rock, post-punk, new wave, gothic rock, alternative rock|
|Associated acts||U-Piter, Televizor, DDT|
|Past members||Vyacheslav Butusov
Nautilus Pompilius (Russian: Наутилус Помпилиус), sometimes nicknamed Nau (Russian: Нау), was a legendary Soviet/Russian rock band formed by the lead singer Vyacheslav Butusov and bassist Dmitry Umetsky.
The band was formed by Vyacheslav Butusov and Dmitry Umetsky while the two studied in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) Institute of Architecture (now called Urals Academy of Architecture). The band, with its various incarnations, was active between the years 1983 and 1997. Nautilus were an influential band in the post-punk, new wave wing of Russian rock music and also a landmark of the "Ural rock" style with their philosophical lyrics. Some of their early hits are popularly associated with the Perestroika period. Their songs also accompanied the movie Brother. A version of their popular song, "Bound by One Chain" ("Скованные одной цепью") appeared in the film Stilyagi. The band hired English guitarist Bill Nelson to produce their 1997 album Yablokitay (Russian: Яблокитай) on which Nelson also plays guitar. Since the group disbanded, Vyacheslav Butusov has launched a successful solo career.
Even though Butusov composed most of the band's songs and wrote some of their lyrics, poet Ilya Kormiltsev was one of the key contributors as a songwriter and producer.
|Year||Russian name||English transliteration (translation)|
|1983||Переезд||Pereyezd (Resettlement (or Highway Crossing))|
|1985||Невидимка||Nevidimka (The Invisible One)|
|1986||Разлука||Razluka (Separation), a name of a Russian folk song featuring in the album|
|1987–1988||Ни Кому Ни Кабельность (LIVE)||Ni Komu Ni Kabel'nost (pun; nekommunikabel'nost means 'lack of sociability' (a loanword, from communicare and -able-) and nikomu ne means 'to nobody')|
|1988||Князь Тишины||Knyaz' Tishiny (Prince of Silence), after a poem by Endre Ady|
|1988||Отбой (LIVE)||Otboy (Lights-out)|
|1989||Человек без имени||Chelovek Bez Imeni (Man With No Name)|
|1992||Чужая земля||Chuzhaya Zemlya (Foreign Land)|
|1996||Лучшие Песни (LIVE)||Luchshie Pesni (Best Songs)|
|1997||Яблокитай||Yablokitay (China-apple, Dutch etymologization of Russian apel'sin 'orange fruit')|
Among their most well-known songs are: The Prince of Silence ("Князь тишины"), "Walks on Water" ("Прогулки по воде"), "The Last Letter" ("Последнее письмо", also known as "Goodbye, America"), "The Glance from the Screen" ("Взгляд с экрана"), "Hlop-Hlop" ("Хлоп-хлоп"), "The Khaki Sphere" ("Шар цвета хаки"), "Bound by One Chain" ("Скованные одной цепью"), "I Want to Be with You" ("Я хочу быть с тобой"), "On the Shore of the Nameless River" ("На берегу безымянной реки"), and "Wings" ("Крылья").
- Nautilus Pompilius // Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Russian culture, 2013
- Nautilus Pompilius' history at Allmusic.com
- Nautilus Pompilius at discogs.com
- Discography with Lyrics and English translations
- About the band
- Nautilus Pompilius On-Line - Official web site (Russian)
- Zvuki.ru - Nautilus pompilius (Russian)
- Official Website of Butusov & U-Piter Vyacheslav Butusov's current group (Nautilus Pompilius' front man) (Russian)