All about the band «Combination»: history, concerts, modernity
At the turn of the '80s and '90s, a lot was changing on the domestic scene. In the place of strict and touching songs came compositions reflecting atmosphere of the former Soviet Union: the deficit, crime, and the entry of Western culture and fashion into the country. Along with this, it also began to emerge. new artists who performed compositions «about the essentials».
One of these new stars was the band «Combination»which was one of the first ensembles to reflect the Modernity Russia's frontier condition.
The beginning of the story: inspired by «Mirage» and justified its unusual name
The beginning of the formation of the group refers to 1988 year. The composition of «Combination» is assembled in Saratov among girls who are familiar with the music and the underside of the scene. The producer of the new group becomes Alexander ShishininHe also worked in the police department in the past. Before forming his band, Shishinin also showed himself in the musical sphere: he worked first in a club, and then in the management of the concert department at the youth center.
Soon there was an acquaintance with the novice composer Vitaly OkorokovThe group was formed with the lyricist Yuri Druzhkov. To the creation of the collective, which will consist of young girls and have the popularity of the group «Laskovy Mai», three young people pushed saw a performance by the popular 1980s band «Mirage».
In 1987, the search for members begins. At first the young people found vocalists - Alyona Apinawho at the time was dreaming of a career as a pianist, and Tatiana IvanovaThe rest of the girls came from the music school. The other girls came to the group from the music school.
At first the band was called Angelica, but later, on the advice of his journalist acquaintance Andrei Tsepov, Shishinin named the band «Combination». According to Okorokov, the name comes from the use in the band's songs of various of musical styles, and has nothing to do with women's underwear.
«Combination» started their career with small gigs. Their first The first stage appearance took place in the fall of 1988; a short time later, the first release The band's record «The Way of the Horse». Next, the girls were faced with numerous tour Union.
60 concerts a month - Saratov girls conquer the capital
One of the first hits of the group is rightly considered a song «Russian Girls»which came out on their official mini-album, which also included a couple of new tracks.
The girls and their producers began to conquer Moscow in 1989. Already at that time the band had hard touring schedule: traveling around the country, the group gave about sixty concerts a month. In addition, the members of «Combination» were under strict control and were excluded from the delights of star life.
A year after his arrival in the capital, a second album was released. «Russian Girls. The New Version».The new pop stars also made their debut in the the movie.
In the sharpest year for young Russia, 1991, comes the Third The band's record titled «Moscow Residence», which absorbed biggest names Combination tracks: «Accountant» and «American Boy».
The departure of Apina and the decline in popularity...
After the recording, there are changes in the lineup. Group leaves After her meeting with Alexander Iratov, Alena Apina starts her solo career. So after her departure the band has been two vocalists, but eventually the solo will be Ivanova.
Because of Apina, the American tour did not take place. For Shishinin, the departure of one of the best soloists from the group was betrayalThe girl is not a member of Kombinanta, and soon Tatiana Ohomush, with whom she did not manage to record any hits, takes her place. After a short presence in «Combination» she leaves, and her place is taken by Svetlana Kashina. With the renewed lineup, the band releases «Two Slices of Sausage», which includes legendary tracks «And I Love the Military», «Cherry Nine» and the song of the same name as the album.
After the unfortunate events of three years in the group leaves Kashin, and then Kombinatsiya completely disappears from the screens. Shishinin is replaced by producer Alexander Tolmatsky, who will also be with the group for a short time.
For a long time, the authorship of the Kombinatsia songs was controversial moment. As part of the creative company of the team there was a poet Druzhkovhe often said that the authorship of the songs unfair attributed to Shishinin. However, Apina said in one of her interviews that Yuri's lyrics were not good enough to become full The band was also involved in the work of Shishinin, who wrote most of the band's tracks. Shishinin was also involved in the work; he is listed as the author of most of the band's tracks. Almost all of the song lyrics were created by collectively.
In 1993, there is a turning point for Combination: dies Alexander Shishinin, who was with the girls from the beginning. To this day, the case remains openThe producer died as a result of severe blood loss due to a sharp object. Alexander died as a result of a large loss of blood due to a blow with a sharp object. He was last seen alive by a member of the band Elena Molchanovawho rented an apartment next to it.
The relationship between the band members, even after all the grim events, remained friendly: many years after the breakup of the «golden» lineup, the girls talk about each other positively. Despite the fact that many members of the original cast have changed their occupation, they do not regret their former fame and miss their colleagues.
After the band withdrew from collaboration with Tolmatsky, the responsibility for conducting concerts and recording new tracks took over Tatiana Ivanova. In the lineup since Svetlana Kashina left constantly There have been changes; now the participants also change sometimes.
At the moment, the group's activities involve only performances, mostly corporate parties and concerts dedicated to nostalgia for the bygone nineties. The band's new material does not release, and at the performances performs only his main hits. For the thirtieth anniversary of the band «Combination» played a number of concerts in Russia and Europe, performing in original composition.
A separate turn in the history of the group «Combination» - the creative path of the former lead singer Alena Apina. After leaving the band, she recorded her first hit, titled «Xyusha»which has become her calling card.
Throughout the '90s, Apina released about 9 albumswhich included the most famous The singer's songs: «Knotts», «Electric Train», «Lekha», and «Moon Nights» in a duet with Murat Nasyrov. Also the musician collaborated with the big stars of the Russian stage, Lolita and Boris Moiseyev, and appeared at Pugacheva's «Christmas Meetings». Apina became laureate She has won many prestigious awards and has taken part in various TV shows. Now the singer still performs on stage and writes music.