Republika (band)

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Background information
OriginToruń, Poland
GenresRock, new wave
Years active1981-1986, 1990-2002
LabelsSonic, Pomaton EMI, Polton, Arston, Sound-Pol, Polskie Radio Łódź, Złoty Melon
Past membersGrzegorz Ciechowski (deceased)
Sławomir Ciesielski
Zbigniew Krzywański
Paweł Kuczyński
Leszek Biolik
Jacek Rodziewicz
José Torres

Republika was a Polish rock band which began in 1978 in Toruń, Poland. Originally, the band was founded and fronted by Jann Castor under the name Res Publica. (See the links and notes below). The name took its origin from "Rzecz Pospolita" (Res Publica), but under the communist regime at the time the name was censored and not allowed. It has to be noted, that the band name was invented by Kris Caputa (Polish) currently residing in Victoria BC, Canada, who for the last thirty years worked in various fields of applied science, including astronomical instrumentation and numerical electrodynamics. One of the most notable member was the brother of Jann Castor, Zbigniew Ruciński, who was a guitar virtuoso - and it was him, who brought Grzegorz Ciechowski into the whole picture. The original art (black & white) was created by Ina Koneczna, an artist from Torun, which was later transformed (but based on her art) into black and white stripes that became the band's logo Republika became one of the most original European bands thanks to their specific anti-mainstream rock & roll songs and black-and-white performance motif. Their new wave-inspired music and lyrics, both catchy and poetic, forged a path into the Polish rock pantheon. Republika debuted at a new wave band concert in Torun in November 1981.

In June 1982 the band, consisting of Paweł Kuczyński (bass), Zbigniew Krzywański (guitar), Sławomir Ciesielski (drums), and Grzegorz Ciechowski (vocal, piano, flute) began a three-month recording session, which resulted in the classic 1983 album Nowe sytuacje (eng. New Situations). Within a year, Republika recorded Nieustanne tango (eng. Permanent Tango), which was a logical expansion of the anti-regime musical ideas they'd established in their debut. The band also released an English-language album, the Orwellian bell-ringer entitled 1984. Due to artistic quarrels, Republika disbanded in summer 1986. Grzegorz Ciechowski kicked off a solo career under as Obywatel G.C. (Citizen G.C); Kuczyński, Krzywański and Ciesielski, along with vocalist Robert Gawliński founded the band, Opera. Using unreleased Republika song sketches, Ciechowski released a solo album, Obywatel G.C., in 1986. His debut was an artistic success rather than commercial one; however his 1988 sophomore effort, Tak! Tak! was a blockbuster. In 1990, a concert in Opole acted as a catalyst for Republika's reunion. Only Kuczyński refused the proposition, so as a trio, the band issued their comeback album, 1991, which was a compilation of their well-known but rearranged songs. Kuczyński was replaced by Leszek Biolik, with whom Ciechowski, Krzywański, and Ciesielski finished recording the final Obywatel G.C. album titled Obywatel Świata;; (Citizen of the World) .

In 1993, the first live unplugged album Bez Prądu (Unplugged, lit. Without current) was released. The same year Republika recorded the classic album Siódma Pieczęć (eng. The Seventh Seal), which presented a more acoustic countenance, with keyboards and samplers replaced by Hammond or Rhodes piano. In 1995, they released the rather pop-sounding album, Republika marzeń (eng. Republic of Dreams). The last studio album recorded by the band was Masakra (eng. Slaughter), inspired by modern heavy rock and trip-hop. Grzegorz Ciechowski's sudden cardiac death on December 22, 2001 interrupted production of the next Republika album. Four finished tracks along with 15 live songs comprised a double-CD simply titled Republika.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Nowe sytuacje
  • Released: July 4, 1983[1]
  • Label: Polton
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[2]
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Mega Organisation
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[3]
Nieustanne tango
  • Released: September 17, 1984[4]
  • Label: Polton
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[5]
  • Released: August 19, 1991[6]
  • Label: Arston
  • Formats: CD, CS
Siódma pieczęć
  • Released: August 16, 1993[7]
  • Label: Sound-Pol
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[8]
Republika marzeń
  • Released: September 11, 1995[9]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[10]
  • Released: December 14, 1998[11]
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[12]
Ostatnia płyta
  • Released: March 23, 2002
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, CS

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Bez prądu
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Polskie Radio Łódź
  • Formats: CD
  • Released: March 23, 2002
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download[14]
Największe przeboje - LIVE
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Axel Springer Kontakt
  • Formats: CD
Trójka Live! aka
Koncerty w Trójce vol. 13 - Republika
  • Released: November 7, 2007
  • Label: 3 SKY MEDIA
  • Formats: CD, digital download[15]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
  • Released: March 15, 1993[17]
  • Label: Sonic
  • Formats: CD
Biała flaga
  • Released: March 12, 1999
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
  • Released: November 15, 2003
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: CD
Gwiazdy polskiej muzyki lat 80.
  • Released: June 26, 2007
  • Label: TMM Polska, Planeta Marketing
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Video albums[edit]

Title Video details Sales Certifications
Republika - Złote DVD
  • Released: November 23, 2002
  • Label: Pomaton EMI
  • Formats: DVD
Projekt Republika - Przystanek Woodstock 2011
  • Released: December 6, 2011
  • Label: Złoty Melon
  • Formats: DVD


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