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clockwise below left: Ridho, Bimbim, Kaka, Abdee, Ivanka
Background information
Origin Jakarta, Indonesia
Years active 1983–present
Associated acts
Members Bimo Setiawan Almachzumi (Bimbim)
Akhadi Wira Satriaji (Kaka)
Ivan Kurniawan Arifin (Ivanka)
Abdee Negara (Abdee)
Mohammad Ridwan Hafiedz (Ridho)
Past members Bongky Marcel (Bongky)
Indra Chandra Setiadi (Indra)
Parlin Burman (Pay)

Slank is the biggest Indonesian rock band. It was founded in 1983 by teenagers in an alley street in Jakarta called Gang Potlot.


Early years[edit]

Bimo Setiawan Almachzumi (Bimbim) created Cikini Stone Complex in the early 1980s. The band only covered Rolling Stones songs. In 1983 the band broke up.[1]

Accompanied by his colleagues Denny and Erwan, Bimbim created the band Red Devil. For the guitarist Bimbim brought in Bongky. In December 1983 they changed their band name to Slank because they looked "selengean" ("rebellious" or "unruly").[1]

The group's initial lineup consisted of Kaka (vocals), Pay (guitars), Bongky (bass), Indra Qadarsih (keyboards), and Bimbim (drums). Their first album, Suit suit...hehehe, was not released till 1990. From there, more albums, most of them commercially successful, followed, but Slank was plagued by a number of defections, some involving personal issues, others having to do with internal tensions based around creative decisions. The negativity was overcome, and over the next 20 years, Slank was able to increase their profile, tour the world and maintain commercial success. In 2007, Slank released their 20th album, Slow But Sure.[2]

Suit suit...hehehe (1991) was an enormous hit. Their subsequent success inspired the formation of other bands, such as Dewa.

Their first three albums, awarded by BASF Indonesia for Best Selling Albums on BASF tapes and the fourth album Generasi Biru went multi-platinum, with several songs making in into Indonesia's top charts.

Slank became the first MTV Indonesia icon in 2005.[3]

Various changes[edit]

Since its inception, Slank's band members have changed frequently. Reasons have ranged from drug use and woman to money and differences in musical styles. The best line up of the band were Kaka (vocals), Bimbim (drums), Pay (guitar), Bongky (bass) and Indra (keyboards). In 2007, Slank released the new album, Slow But Sure; the album's first single "Slalu Begitu" was played heavily on Indonesian radio stations.

In 2008 Slank toured the U.S. and Europe. They have also played in various Asian countries, such as Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, and South Korea.

Having more than fifteen albums sold and occasionally causing political controversy in Indonesia, Slank decided to travel to the USA to record their first English-language album, Anthem for the Broken-Hearted. Blues Saraceno was chosen to be the producer of the album. They recorded and mixed the album in only twenty-two days.[4]

If you want the world to see what you want to say, you better go to the highest mountain. And for music, the highest mountain now is in the U.S.A.”, says Abdee Negara.[5]

Java Jazz Festival 2009[edit]

In 2009, surprisingly, Slank was invited to take part in the well known Java Jazz Festival.

Their invitation to a jazz festival by Peter F. Gontha was meant as a challenge to see if they had what it took to perform in a jazz music setting. Their show, attended by thousands, successfully transformed their songs into jazz. In the spirit of reaching a greater jazz audience by combining genres, this show featured Michael Paulo, Ron King and Tony Monaco. It later was described as a "once in a lifetime experience".[6]


For more than two decades, Slank has managed a healthy attitude towards their music career, which in turn has helped them throughout the years. Slank has also gained somewhat of a cult status in Indonesia, Slank fans are known as 'Slankers', and they have a reputation for devotion. They wave their Slank flags, which consist of the word 'Slank' shaped into a graffiti-style butterfly. They sing along with several punk rock songs and perform a stadium-worthy call-and-response routine.[5] According to one of the guitarists Ridho, 'Slankers' span all ages from children to adults.


In 2009 Slank took part in a film called Generasi Biru that depicts their life and journey. It was directed by Garin Nugroho. For the film, Slank released a single, "Slank Dance", the video clip of which depicts members of the band performing a unique dance created by their fans, the Slankers.

Band members[edit]

Current members


Studio albums[edit]

  1. Suit suit...hehehe (1990)
  2. Kampungan (1991)
  3. Piss (1993)
  4. Generasi Biru (1994)
  5. Minoritas (1996)
  6. Lagi Sedih (1997)
  7. Tujuh (1998)
  8. Mata Hati Reformasi (1998)
  9. 999 + 09, Vol. 1 (1999) (double album)
    999 + 09, Vol. 2 (1999)
  10. Virus (2001)
  11. Satu Satu (2003)
  12. Road To Peace (2004)
  13. PLUR (2004)
  14. Slankissme (2005)
  15. Slow But Sure (2007)
  16. The Big Hip (2008)
  17. Anthem For The Broken Hearted (2009)
  18. Jurus Tandur No.18 (2010)
  19. I Slank U The Album (2012)
  20. Slank Nggak Ada Matinya (2013)
  21. Restart Hati (2015)
  22. Palalopeyank (2017)

Live albums[edit]

  1. Konser Piss 30 Kota (1998)
  2. Virus Road Show (2002)
  3. Slank Bajakan (2003)
  4. Reborn Republic Slank (2005)

Movie soundtracks[edit]

  1. O.S.T. "Get Married" (2007)
  2. Original Soundtrack "Generasi Biru" The Movie (2009)
  3. O.S.T. "Get Married 2" (2009)

International albums[edit]

  1. Since 1983 - Malaysian Edition (2006)
  2. Slank feat. Big Hip - Japan Edition (2008)
  3. Anthem For The Broken Hearted - USA Edition (2008)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Profil Slank" [Slank Profile]. Indonesian Tunes (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  2. ^ True, Chris. "Slank | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Slank: MTV Icon Yang 'Haus' Penghargaan" [Slank: MTV Icon who thirst for awards]. (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Blues Saraceno on Slank". Blues Saraceno Official. Archived from the original on 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  5. ^ a b Huling, Ray (2009-01-25). "The Future of Music". Culture11. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Slank Performance at Java Jazz Festival 2009". March 8, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2009. 

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