Polish Music – Perfect

Posted on 16. Feb, 2009 by in Culture

I think it was one of the Michaels who suggested that we should talk about our favorite music. Naturally, I assume he meant Polish music.

Hmmm… favorite Polish music… I do have to admit to owning two disco polo CDs, but they’re not exactly what I would call my favorite.
So what is? Well, I am going to show my true age again here and dig up some Polish golden oldies for you.

Let’s start with my most favorite Polish song, probably ever. Ask any Pole over the age of 20 if he’s heard “Autobiografia” and I bet you he’ll answer something along these lines “Duh! Man, it’s a classic.”

And yes, it sure is. It is the most famous song of the most famous Polish rock band with a very non-Polish name – Perfect.

In terms of rock music, it’s an ancient band, it’s been around, on and off, since the late 70s. (Yes, Virginia, there was rock music in Poland under komuna.)

The song – “Autobiografia” is more or less a typical coming of age story of a young guy who discovers rock music, alcohol, sex and dreams of being famous.
Why did it become so immensely popular? I’m not sure. It’s very easy to sing along to, the lyrics are simple enough for anyone to understand (in Polish, of course) and it has gentle references to changes that took place in Poland after the death of Stalin (referred to in the song as “uncle Joe has died” – “wujek Józek zmarł.” It talks about happy times (parties and having fun) and tragic times (when the girlfriend commits suicide). In other words, it covers a lot of very real life.

Set the words to a great melody and what you get is a hit. And a hit it was indeed. The song was released in the fall of 1982 during one of the more miserable periods in Polish modern history. But that didn’t stop it from ruling the charts. (Yes, Virginia there were music charts in Poland under komuna.)

So here it is. Music – Zbigniew Hołdys, lyrics – Bogdan Olewicz.
“Autobiografia” – Perfect.

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PS. I couldn’t find a “singable” English version of “Autobiografia” on the internet, but if you know where to find one, please let me know. Otherwise, I’m thinking to prepare my own translation.

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8 Responses to “Polish Music – Perfect”

  1. Basia Lomnicka 16 February 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Funny, I was watching a TVP polonia broadcast of “Sniadanie na podwieczorek”,
    (my cousin is associatated with the show and I watch it occassionally) a few weeks
    ago and one of the guest performers was the rock band Perfect.
    Interesting first impression for me. I heard the interview before the lead singer actually
    performed, so I thought his “rock star” image, was a bit of a put-on. But once
    he started performing, he was obviously the real McCoy. I quite liked the band.
    I’ll have to dig up more of their stuff and have a listen.
    Basia

  2. michael 16 February 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Songs I like:

    Dla Agaty Mróz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=cY15u370Hgk&feature=related
    There is nice music in the background to this tribute to Agata Mróz

    Another tribute to Agata Mróz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVJ4DWJWgUE&NR=1

    Anita Lipnicka & John Porter – Old Time Radio
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mTMbbcER5A&feature=user
    This is the first “Polish” song I found on you tube. Below is a song by her in Polish:
    Zanim zrozumiesz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh-9oyXnARs

    More links:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toE0B-1WAVg
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=p7GQST3lR5Q
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7GQST3lR5Q
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9jyULimx8E

  3. David Honley 17 February 2009 at 6:40 am #

    Cześć Anna!
    Polska muzyka? (Polish music?) I am presently trying to get all the songs recorded by Łzy (‘Tears’ in English) – Polish pop/rock band of the ’90s, but still performing live concerts all over Poland. For any person trying to learn the Polish language I can thoroughly recommend that you listen to Łzy. The female lead singer, Ania Wyszkoni, has superb diction – the words she sings on the recordings are so clear and distinct. I find listening to Łzy a great help in accustomizing my ear to the sound of the Polish language and recognizing words from the songs. Maybe not everybody’s ‘cup of tea’, but I think Łzy’s music is ,,fantastyczna”! My favourite tracks are:
    Narcyz
    Niebieskia sukienka
    Agnieszka już dawno…
    Gdybyś był
    Anyone interested, the CDs are avaiable from:
    http://www.rockserwis.pl and at very good prices. Many of the songs can be heard via the following link:
    http://www.textofsong.com/teksty_piosenek/l/lzy
    Try some out!
    Have fun!
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie
    David (w Anglii)

  4. vanja 18 February 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Hey Anna,

    The Norwegian composer KAADA is releasing an album soon which he calls “11 Pre-Apocalypse Junkyard Symphonies Nostalgias for the Polish Workingclass Heros”. The album is released together with old-looking postcards from Poland.
    http://www.kaada.no or myspace.com/kaada

    really strange music, and I am not sure if it is actually polish sounding?

  5. dazzzzan 13 August 2009 at 4:39 am #

    This is Czech a new. underground band that make fun with the mix of music and lyrics ….
    this is their first ever music video. its pretty cool for an unknown band!! http://vimeo.com/5936645

    u can find out more about the band there!

  6. agnieszka 23 October 2009 at 10:35 am #

    how funny,
    (David )I met Lzy when I was in college(since the lead singer was friends with my college girlfriend and here they are), untill this day my friends sing to me Agnieszka juz dawno….. they also performed during our Juwenalia-they sure rock!!!!!!!
    But you can’t forget group like Wilki,Lady Pank.
    I also remember singing with Kasia Kowalska, Marek Grehuta itp.
    I’m not a fan of Country which you can compare to Dicso Polo .sorry

  7. Craig Broad 15 October 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Hello,

    I am the bass player for a band called The Truths, who are headed by a musician named Anthony Neale, formerly of Mainstream, who were quite big in Poland (He also did some successful solo work/re-mixes under the name Antosh). Myslovitz are coming to the UK in a weeks time, and Anthony will be re-united on-stage with them, and we are looking for coverage both for Myslovitz, and also for Anthony and The Truths(The Truths album has just come out, we are desperate for reviews in Poland and a potential tour) and was wondering if you could feature it at all. The press release will be below;

    Thank you for your time,

    Craig Broad

    Multi-award winning Polish exports Myslovitz head to UK shores this October to play a sole date at Shepherds Bush Empire. Not only that, but they will be re-united on stage for the first time in almost a decade with Anthony Neale (of Mainstream fame), who previously worked with Myslovitz on their hit single, Dlugosc dzwięku samotnosci, which won Play Box’s song of the year.

    Since Mainstream and a series of successful music endevours in Poland, Neale has moved back to England, forming The Truths, whos debut album, ‘Above All…’ was released on the 29th September 2010 through Aardvark Records.

    Details for the date are as follows;

    Saturday 23/10/2010
    Doors: 18:00
    Show: TBD
    Tickets £25 – £30 (All prices listed exclude fees and charges)
    O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
    Shepherd’s Bush Green
    London,
    United Kingdom,
    W12 8TT

    Tickets can also be purchased here: http://www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk/event/16347/myslovitz-tickets

    http://www.myspace.com/myslovitz
    http://www.myspace.com/thetruthsband


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