ⓘ Leningrad (band)

Leningrad (band)

ⓘ Leningrad (band)

Leningrad, also known as Gruppirovka Leningrad and Bandformirovanie Leningrad, is a popular Russian rock band from Saint Petersburg, led by Sergey "Shnur" Shnurov.

Composed of 14 members, the band was founded in the late 1990s. Leningrad worked in Gypsy punk style and soon became notorious for vulgar lyrics including lots of Russian mat and celebration of drinking. As a result, most radio stations initially avoided the band, which did not stop Leningrads growing popularity, partly for purely aesthetic reasons, such as the rich brass sound. The band eventually made its way to radio and TV with profanity bleeped out. Shnurov even presented several New Years Eve TV shows.

In 2007, the group began experimenting with female backup vocals, finally choosing jazz singer Yuliya Kogan as a permanent band member.

Leningrad disbanded in 2008, and then reunited in 2010. Several new songs and videos have been released since, most of them featuring lead vocals by Kogan rather than Shnurov. In March 2019, Shnurov announced, through his daily Instagram poem, that Leningrad would disband by the end of the year, after a farewell tour.


1. Cultural impact

As Shnurov said himself: "Our songs are just about the good sides of life: vodka and girls that is."

The band was so disliked by the then-mayor of Moscow, Yuriy Luzhkov, that he cancelled all of its attempted large-scale events in the city during his term in office. Leningrads numerous performances in Moscow were therefore limited to privately owned night clubs and bars.

A particular focus of the bands lyrics are mainstream cultural and political cliches. Kandidaty - pidory "Candidates are faggots", the refrain of their 2007 song "Vybory", became a widespread post-Soviet meme referring to electoral abstention. The 2010 song I Bolsche Nikovo "And Nobody Else That I Love") addresses Saint Petersburgs intended image as "Russias cultural capital", ridiculed with the use of mat and references to alcoholism and street crime.

Shnurov is also fond of ridiculing Russian pop music and pop rock by covering the songs of popular performers and then inviting them to appear with Leningrad live on stage.


2. Soundtracks

Leningrad songs appeared in several popular pulp and crime films, notably DMB and Bimmer. Three songs by Leningrad appeared prominently on the soundtrack to the 2005 film Everything Is Illuminated. "Nikogo Ne Zhalko" "No Pity for Anyone" is one of the songs used in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. In 2015, Leningrads song "Lastochka" was featured in the ending credits of the 2014 mockumentary film What We Do in the Shadows.


3. Current line-up

  • Vladislav "Valdik" Aleksandrov Владислав "Валдик" Александров – trombone 2002–2008, 2010–present
  • Aleksey "Micksher" Kalinin Алексей "Микшер" Калинин – drums, percussion 1997–2002, 2006–2008, 2010–present
  • Aleksey Kanev "Lekha" Алексей "Лёха" Канев – baritone saxophone, alto saxophone 2002–2008, 2010–present
  • Florida Chanturia Флорида Чантурия – vocals, backing vocals 2016–present
  • Denis Mozhin Денис Можин – sound director 2002–2008, drums 2010–present
  • Grigoriy "Zontik" Zontov Григорий "Зонтик" Зонтов – tenor saxophone 2002–2008, 2010–present
  • Andrey "Ded" Kurayev Андрей "Дед" Кураев – bass 2002–2008, 2010–present
  • Viktor Rapotihin – violin 2016–present
  • Aleksandr "Puzo" Popov Александр "Пузо" Попов – bass drum, percussion, vocals 1997–2008, 2010–present
  • Dmitry Guguchkin Дмитрий Гугучкин – guitar 2010–present
  • Roman "Shukher" Parygin Роман "Шухер" Парыгин – trumpet 2002–2008, 2010–present
  • Ilya "Pianist" Rogachevskiy Илья "Пианист" Рогачевский – keyboard 2002–2008, 2010–present
  • Konstantin "Limon" Limonov Константин "Лимон" Лимонов – guitar 2002–2008, 2010–present
  • Vyacheslav "Sevych" Antonov Вячеслав "Севыч" Антонов – backing vocals, maracas 2000–2008, 2010–present
  • Sergei "Shnur" Shnurov Сергей "Шнур" Шнуров – vocals, arrangement, lyrics, guitar, bass 1997–2008, 2010–present
  • Andrey "Antonych" Antonenko Андрей "Антоныч" Антоненко – tuba, arrangement, accordion, keyboards 1997–2008, 2010–present


4. Past members

  • Igor Vdovin Игорь Вдовин – vocal, guitar 1997–1999
  • Sergei Arsenyev Сергей Арсеньев – accordion 2001
  • Vasiliy "Grasshopper" Savin Василий "Кузнечик" Савин – trombone 1998–2002
  • Michael Gopack Михаил Гопак – trombone 2002
  • Oleg Sokolov Олег Соколов – trumpet 1997–1998
  • Denis "Kashchey" Kuptsov Денис "Кащей" Купцов – drums 2002–2008
  • Alice Vox-Burmistrova Алиса Вокс-Бурмистрова – vocals, backing vocals 2012–2016
  • Yuliya "Yulia" Kogan Юлия "Юля" Коган – vocals, backing vocals 2007–2008, 2010–2013
  • Alexander "Sashko" Privalov Александр "Сашко" Привалов – trumpet 1998–2002
  • Roman "Romero" Fockin Роман "Ромеро" Фокин – saxophone 1997–2002
  • Maxim Temnov Максим Темнов – bass, double bass 2001–2002
  • Vasilisa Starshova – vocals, backing vocals 2016–2017
  • Ilya "Dracula" Ivashov Илья "Дракула" Ивашов – tuba 1997–2002
  • Dmitry "Antenna" Melnikov Дмитрий "Антенна" Мельников – drums 2000–2002
  • Daniil "Dan" Kalashnick Даниил "Дэн" Калашник – guitar 1999–2002
  • Stas Baretsky Стас Барецкий – dancing and mascot 2005–2008

5. Videography

  • 2017: - "Экстаз" Ecstasy Svetlana Khodchenkova; actress
  • September 1, 2016: - "Сиськи" Tits
  • 2016: - "Экспонат" Exhibit aka Louboutins) Юлия Топольницкая Yuliya Topolnitskaya, actress)
  • 2017: - "Вояж" Voyage Ilya Naishuller; director
  • 2017: - "Кольщик" Kolshchik)
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