The rock band named “Agata Kristi” was officially formed in 1988, Sverdlovsk, Ekanterinburg, Russia. The rock band was originally composed of Vadim Samoylov, Aleksander Kozlov and Petr Mai. These three young schoolmates start playing in a school band. Then Gleb Samoylov, brother of Vadim Samoylov, joined the group in 1985. The group was great musicians mastering their own choice of instruments. Gleb can lead vocals, play guitar, bass, and keyboard, and wrote lyrics. Vadim is more like his brother Gleb. Petr played drums and percussion. Aleksandr played keyboard and mainly the composer of the group.
The band was able to release few tape albums. The band was inspired to use the name of a British writer and detective Agatha Christie. They said that their name of the band reflected their chosen style which is eccentric, mysterious and spooky mix of techno, glam and goth rock music.
They officially launched their band on the 20th day of February 1988. It is the same date for their debut concert and the release of their debut album, “Second Front”. The group also participated in a number of rock festivals and gained more listeners. Due to their success they released two more albums entitled “Craft and Love” and “Decadence.” There were conflicts within the band, the reason why Petr Mai left the band and Albert Potapkin soon replaced him. Potapkin did not last long and the position was again replaced by Andrey Kotov.
In 1993, the band released more albums, “Shameful Star” and “Opium”. Two of the songs in “Opium” album became a big hit, entitled “Fairy Taiga” and “Opium for Nobody.” After those successful hits, they released the following albums: “Hurricane” and “Miracles.” But these albums were rated to be very depressive and gloomy that is why not all fans like these albums. Then in 2000, they released “Kaif”, it is a Russian word for “bliss”. Fans like it better than the previous two albums. In 2001, one of the most unfortunate thing happened when their keyboardist, Aleksander, died. After three years later, they released their “Thriller Part 1” album.
Agata Kristi pioneered a distinctive style of mixing post-punk or new wave music with debauched poetry of their lyrics. The group reached the Open du Rock Grand-Prix in France 1991. Agata Kristi was considered to be the most popular music band in Monte-Carlo 1997. They were chosen as the best Russian group in the 90s in year 2000.
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