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About:

Kazik Staszewski (12 March 1963)

Kult was formed in 1982 from Kazik Staszewski’s previous band, Novelty Poland. In July 1982 the band performed at its first concert at the Remont Club in Warsaw. Although it was not released until July 1987, the first Kult release was recorded in September 1986. This explains why quickly a second album called ‘Posłuchaj to do ciebie’ follows. Been writing songs since 1982 a third album was also assembled quickly in 1988 containing their first hit ‘Arahja, oraz Do Ani’. The band also delivered the themesong for the movie ‘Czarne słońca’ (by Jerzego Zalewskiego) later added to the cd-release of their third album. In 1989 the band released two albums one on cassette (with the hit ‘Po co wolność’) and one live-album featuring songs from the cassette album. Due to internal differences the band decided to suspend its activities for three months after this tour.

On the eve of political change in Poland in 1990 the band started working in the album ’45 – 89’. The album was a pamphlet describing the epoch of socialism (from WW2 to present) with fragments of genuine speeches of party officials, imposed on the soundtrack. An English reinterpretation of their songs followed a year later. Meanwhile Kazik also started a solo career exploring rap and hiphop that would result in several albums trhoughout the Nineties. He also started the side project Kazik Na Żywo which was a rapcore combo. Their first performance was during the music festival in Sopot, Poland, in 1992. Staszewski then shocked the audience, singing the song 100 000 000, which was based on Lech Wałęsa's presidential campaign unfulfilled promise that all Poles would be given 100 million złotys. In chorus, Staszewski repeats: Wałęsa, give me my 100 million, Wałęsa, give us our 100 million. For Kult the line up of the band changed in 1992 and they started working on an album entirely with songs from Kazik’s father Stanislaw Staszewski. The album was well received and got a follow up in the album ‘Tata 2’ in 1996. In between the band recorded their biggest selling album ‘Muj wydafca’ filled with own compositions and covers from Hungarian band Omega and ‘The passenger’ by Iggy Pop. In 1998 trumpeter Janusz Zdunek joined the band. But also ill fate struck when drummer Andrew Szymańczak was found dead in his appartment. Autopsy turned out that he choked on a piece of chewing gum in his sleep. His chair was taken by Tomasz Goehs. Their 2001 album ‘Salon Recreativo’ consisted of two CDs, with new and re-recorded material. The single ‘Brooklyńska Rada Żydów’ (Brooklyn Council of Jews) coused a stir when the media refused to air the song blaming Kazik of anti-sematism. The band always refused the critique stating that the lyrics reffered to kindness to the Jews.

After this the band fell silent untill December 2005 when ‘Poligono Industrial’ was released. The band turned out to still be very popular and after a succesfull tour the started working in 2007 in the follow up. Initially the name was ‘Concentrazion Gigantic’ but in 2009 it appeared under another title ‘Hurra’.

On the web:

- Kult's official website: http://www.kult.art.pl/

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What do we think:

DB: Poland's punky busy bug. As long as it is rooted with a punk set of mind Kazik throughs in elements of rock, ska, rap, jazz, traditional balladry, reggae, and even poetry. Charismatic frontman he is quite the provocative songwriter which brought him into trouble on several occasions. He doesn't care. Musically it's a bit 1,2,3, and play. It seems Kazik hates his productions too polished and artistic. It has to feel live.

Albums:

♪♪♪ - Kult (1987)

♪♪♪♪ - Posłuchaj to do ciebie (1987)

- Spokojnie (1988)

- Kaseta (1989)

- 45-89 (1990)

- Your Eyes (1991)

♪♪♪♪ - Tata Kazika (1993)

- Muj wydafca (1994)

- Tata 2 (1996)

- Ostateczny krach systemu korporacji (1998)

- Salon Recreativo (2001)

- Poligono Industrial (2005)

♪♪♪ - Hurra! (2009)

With Na żywo

Na żywo, ale w studio (1994); Porozumienie ponad podziałami (1995); Las Maquinas de la Muerte (1999)

Kazik solo:

Spalam się (1991); Spalaj się! (1993); Oddalenie (1995); 12 Groszy (1997); Melassa (2000); Czterdziesty pierwszy (2004); Los się musi odmienić (2005); Silny Kazik pod wezwaniem (2008)
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♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


 

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