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OriginBologna, Italy
GenresComedy rock, punk rock, new wave
Years active1975–2012
LabelsUniversal, EMI

Skiantos is a comedy punk band from Bologna, Italy, formed in 1975. They have released ten studio albums, two live albums and five compilation albums. They participated in the Gods of Demential festival on January 12, 2007. Roberto “Freak” Antoni, leader of the band, died in Bologna at 59 years of age on February 12, 2014.


The group formed in the mid-1970s, and their initial repertoire mainly consisted of cover songs.[1] After some demo tapes, the project became more concrete in 1977 with Inascoltable, an experimental improvised live album which was only distributed on cassette and which according to Freak Antoni was recorded in "a night of improvisation for ten people in love of music".[2] The concerts of the group, especially in the beginning, were characterized by provocative performances with references to Futurist and Dadaist forefront, including the launch of vegetables from the musicians on the audience.[1][3] In 1978 the group made their official debut with MONOtono, an album considered the manifesto of the band, characterized by "raw sounds, out of time music, voices out of tune and lyrics that reveal a non-vulgar aggressiveness, made of no sense, paradoxes and puns."[1]

On April 2, 1979 they participated to Bologna Rock, a punk rock and new wave festival, and their performance caused a lot of buzz. Skiantos brought on stage a kitchen, a table, a TV and a fridge, put to boil the spaghetti and then ate them, without playing anything; the audience protested, and Antoni responded "You do not understand a fucking thing: this is avant-garde, you piece-of-shit audience."[2] The same year they released the album Kinotto, containing their hit Mi piaccion le sbarbine.[1] Shortly later the leader Freak Antoni left the group, dedicating to some solo musical and literary projects with the stage names Beppe Starnazza and later Astro Vitelli.[1][2] The original lineup of the group reformed in 1984, when they released the album Ti spalmo la crema.[1][2]


  • Fabio "Dandy Bestia" Testoni - guitar
  • Luca "Tornado" Testoni - guitar
  • Massimo "Max Magnus" Magnani - bass guitar
  • Gianluca "Giangi La Molla" Schiavon - drums

Former members[edit]

  • Roberto "Freak" Antoni - vocals
  • Andrea "Jimmy Bellafronte" Setti - vocals
  • Franco "Frankie Grossolani" Villani - bass guitar
  • Andrea "Andy Bellombrosa" Dalla Valle - guitar
  • Leonardo "Tormento Pestoduro" Ghezzi - drums
  • Stefano "Sbarbo" Cavedoni - vocals
  • Bubba Loris - vocals
  • Mario Comellini - vocals
  • Gianni "Lo Grezzo" Bolelli - guitar
  • Stefano "Ringo" Sarti - bass guitar
  • Linda Linetti - vocals
  • Lucio Bellagamba - bass guitar
  • Fabio "Tormento Pestolesto" Grandi - drums
  • Marco "Marmo" Nanni - bass guitar
  • Roberto "Granito" Morsiani - drums
  • Sandro "Belluomo" Dall'Omo - piano, keyboards
  • Carlo Atti - sax


Singles & EP[edit]

  • 1978 - "Karabigniere Blues / Io sono un autonomo"
  • 1980 - "Fagioli / Mi piaccion le sbarbine"
  • 1999 - "Gratis"
  • 2002 - "Virus"
  • 2006 - "Sesso pazzo"
  • 2009 - "Phogna - The Dark Side of the Skiantos" (EP)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. ISBN 8809756258.
  2. ^ a b c d Oderso Rubini, Andrea Tinti (cured by). Non disperdetevi. 1977-1982 San Francisco, New York, Bologna. Le città libere del mondo. Shake edizioni, 2009, ISBN 9788888865898.
  3. ^ Gianluca Testani. Enciclopedia del rock italiano. Arcana Editrice, 2006. ISBN 9788879664226.

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