About the group
Lady Pank is a popular Polish rock band. It was started in 1982 in Warsaw by Jan Borysewicz and Andrzej Mogielnicki. Its first famous song was "Mała Lady Punk" (Little Lady Punk). Lady Pank garnered some attention in the United States in 1986 when MTV placed the video for the band's single "Less Than Zero" on heavy rotation.
Lady Pank is quite a curiosity on the Polish musical market. They got popular before they were actually... formed! The group, which was originally planning to call itself "Żużel", received a lot of media coverage as a result of a skilfully conducted promotional campaign combined with group's unquestionnable talent.
Line-ups and musicians
Lady Pank's lineup has changed many times over the years. The most frequent changes concerned the drummers and guitar-players, but the group has always remained a quintet with an easily-recognizable guitar sound. The core of the group are Jan Borysewicz and Janusz Panasewicz, who have been constituting the image of the group from the very beginning.
Lady Pank is a quintet, although there have been times when more musicians were involved. Despite all changes in the lineup, the basic shape of the group remains the same: lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and drums. The role of the frontman is played by Janusz Panasewicz, with occasional help from Jan Borysewicz who sings a couple of songs too.
The original members of band were:
Jan Borysewicz - solo guitar
Janusz Panasewicz - vocal
Paweł Mścisławski - bass guitar
Edmund Stasiak - guitar
Jarosław Szlagowski - drums
The band's current line up is:
Jan Borysewicz - solo guitar/vocal
Janusz Panasewicz - vocal
Kuba Jabłoński - drums
Krzysztof Kieliszkiewicz - bass guitar
Michał Sitarski - guitar
The band's most popular songs are: "Tańcz głupia, tańcz", "Mniej niż zero", "Wciąż bardziej obcy", "Kryzysowa narzeczona", "Zamki na piasku, "Tacy sami", "Zostawcie Titanica", "Mała wojna", "Zawsze tam gdzie ty", "Znowu pada deszcz", "Na granicy", "Stacja Warszawa".
The recording history of Lady Pank is impressive. Their discography consists of about 20 albums and over 200 tracks, many of which exist in a few versions (eg. studio, live, English-language, acoustic, techno). Juni 28, 2004 saw the issue of the latest Lady Pank's album so far - "Teraz" ("Now").
Lady Pank (1983)
Drop Everything (1985)
LP 3 (1986)
O dwóch takich, co ukradli Księżyc cz.I (1986)
O dwóch takich, co ukradli Księżyc cz.II (1987)
Tacy sami (1989)
Zawsze tam, gdzie ty (1990)
Lady Pank '81-'85 (1992)
"Mała wojna" akustycznie (1995)
THE BEST OF Lady Pank (1990)
Zimowe graffiti (1996)
W transie (1997)
Łowcy głów (1998)
Złote przeboje (2000)
Nasza reputacja (2000)
BESTA BESTA (2002)
Lady Pank live shows are considered perfect. The experts say the quality of sound is no worse than that achieved in the studio. In 1983 alone, the group performed 369 times. After another three years the amount of live acts performed by the group grew up to over 800. That's a record on the Polish scene. On November 30, 2000 Lady Pank played a jubilee concert in Wrocław, celebrating the group's 18th birthday.
Lady Pank has always used the highest quality instruments. Both Jan Borysewicz and the other guitraplayers in the band have a soft spot in their hearts for Fender Stratocaster guitars and Marshall amplifiers, although recently they have also been experimenting with Orange amplifiers. Lady Pank's road crew is very strongly attached to those instruments as well.