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Opalnyi Prynz

Opalnyi Prynz (Ukrainian: Опалний Принц) was an influential.[1] and popular Ukrainian folk-rock, Ukrainian rock band; the band which came out of musical project called Strus Mozku (Ukrainian: Струс Мозку), or 'Brain Concussion', in English, which started in 1987 when Rostyslav Shtyn's younger brother Yuriy Shtyn relocated to Lviv, Ukraine after completing his studies at the conservatory in Rivne.

The Strus Mozku project included the following individuals: both Shtyn brothers, Roman Brytsky, Boris Rosenthul and a young actress from the Zankovetska Theatre in Lviv, by the name of Lyudmila Razik.[2] This project eventually morphed into Opalnyi Prynz with Yuriy Shtyn composing all of the material both musically and lyrically, singing and play keyboards, his older brother Rostyslav Shtyn, played guitar and provided vocals. Roman Brytsky stayed on as a second keyboardist[3][4]

It was with this composition of the group with which Opalnyi Prinz recorded their first singles which included: MandryWanderings in 1987, Pozychayesh pamyatYou Borrow memory, Chorna DiraBlack Hole, Leonid Brezhnev, which received airplay on Radio Liberty, and PaskudaHussy. All these compositions were very socially and musically "different" singles[5] and made up their first album also entitled Mandry after their first recorded single.

A few more singles would be released from their first album Mandry: ShantrapaRiff-raff 1987; other singles included Kombi u L’voviKombi in L’viv - 1988, a satirical song about the groups meeting with the Polish goup Kombi during their performance in Lviv; Tankova attakaTank attack(in Russian) which included saxophonist Zenon Kovpak, in 1989 which was politically oriented at what the USSR's role was in Afganistan;[6] and, Hey Ukraino!Hey Ukraine!, which would become the opening track of their second album Nova revolyutsiya New revolution 1991.

Their second album, Nova Revolyutsia, released in 1991 was filled out with Toomas Vanem on lead guitar.[7] Authorities didn't like what they heard on the new album (cassette) with a release of 30,000 copies. Many of the songs were not appreciated by Soviet authorities, songs like Nova Revolyutsiya,[8] as well as the lead song Hey Ukraino! and probably the others were just a little pro-Ukrainian, and as a result, within weeks of the album's release, no copies could be found at the regular state run music stores[9]

This is what Ukrainian music critic and journalist Oleksandr Yevtushenko wrote in one of his compilations on contemporary Ukrainian music:

"I first heard the group OPALNYI PRYNZ on the broadcasts of the Ukrainian service of [10][11]

One of the most important principles which was espoused by Opalnyi Prynz and Rostyslav Shtyn was the importance of financial and technical independence from government structures. It was under the new developments of Perebudova that in 1987 that the elder Shtyn set up the Holos Studio as a cooperative which eventually developed into the studio of Rostyslav-show.[12]

Opalniy Prinz was very much a studio band and seldom appeared live.[13]

In 1991 one of Opalnyi Prynz's videos to their song Nash prapor from their Nova revolyutsiya album received broadcast time on MTV in honour of Ukraine's newly gained independence.[14][15]

Within the first years of Ukraine's independence Opalniy Prynz ceased an active existence, though it was not completely inactive. In 1992 it played an active roll in a project entitled Vernsiage-92. Nova Ukrainiinska Khvylia – Vernisage-92. A New Ukrainian Wave. After this production Vika Vradiy together with Opalniy Prynz" were to embark on a European tour, however, something didn't work out and the tour was canceled.[16]

What followed was an interesting and progressive cooperation between Yuriy Shtyn and Vlad Dobriansky, in Looney Pelen.

References

  1. ^ Євтушенко, Олександр. "Легенди химерного краю". Українська рок-антологія. Київ-2004, "Автограф" - Online version - http://rock-oko.com/knizhki/oblichchya-muziki/tvorch-portreti/opalnij-princz.html
  2. ^ Twenty years old and still fresh today – OPALNIY PRYNZ - (Interview with Rostyslav Shtyn) http://wpawlowsky.com/2010/08/23/twenty-years-old-and-still-fresh-today-opalni-prinz/
  3. ^ Twenty years old and still fresh today – OPALNIY PRINZ - (Interview with Rostyslav Shtyn) http://wpawlowsky.com/2010/08/23/twenty-years-old-and-still-fresh-today-opalni-prinz/
  4. ^ Євтушенко, Олександр. "Легенди химерного краю". Українська рок-антологія. Київ-2004, "Автограф" - Online version - http://rock-oko.com/knizhki/oblichchya-muziki/tvorch-portreti/opalnij-princz.html
  5. ^ Twenty years old and still fresh today – OPALNIY PRINZ - (Interview with Rostyslav Shtyn) http://wpawlowsky.com/2010/08/23/twenty-years-old-and-still-fresh-today-opalni-prinz/
  6. ^ Interviews with Yurok and Rostyslav Shtyn - Twenty years old and still fresh today – OPALNIY PRINZ - http://wpawlowsky.com/2010/08/23/twenty-years-old-and-still-fresh-today-opalni-prinz/
  7. ^ Євтушенко, Олександр, "Легенди химерного краю". Українська рок-антологія. Київ-2004, "Автограф" - онлайн версія http://www.rock-oko.com/knizhki/oblichchya-muziki/tvorch-portreti/opalnij-princz.html
  8. ^ Twenty years old and still fresh today – OPALNIY PRINZ - translation of lyrics of Nova revolutsia -http://wpawlowsky.com/2010/08/23/twenty-years-old-and-still-fresh-today-opalni-prinz/
  9. ^ Personal discussion with Yuriy and Rostyslav Shtyn, 2010
  10. ^ Євтушенко, Олександр. "Легенди химерного краю". Українська рок-антологія. Київ-2004, "Автограф" - Online version - http://rock-oko.com/knizhki/oblichchya-muziki/tvorch-portreti/opalnij-princz.html
  11. ^ Twenty years old and still fresh today – OPALNIY PRYNZ - Translation of Oleksandr Yevthushenko's comentary on Opalnyi Prynz from his book mentioned elswhere.) http://wpawlowsky.com/2010/08/23/twenty-years-old-and-still-fresh-today-opalni-prinz/
  12. ^ Євтушенко, Олександр. "Легенди химерного краю". Українська рок-антологія. Київ-2004, "Автограф" - Online version - http://rock-oko.com/knizhki/oblichchya-muziki/tvorch-portreti/opalnij-princz.html
  13. ^ Twenty years old and still fresh today – OPALNIY PRYNZ - Interview with Rostyslav Shtyn - http://wpawlowsky.com/2010/08/23/twenty-years-old-and-still-fresh-today-opalniy-prynz/
  14. ^ Євтушенко, Олександр, "Легенди химерного краю". Українська рок-антологія. Київ-2004, "Автограф" – онлайн версіяhttp://www.rock-oko.com/knizhki/oblichchya-muziki/tvorch-portreti/opalnij-princz.html
  15. ^ Ростислав Штинь повернувся в Україну. В кінці 80-х він займався Іриною Білик і "Скрябіном", Богдан Логвиненко, http://h.ua/story/52588/
  16. ^ http://www.rock-oko.com/knizhki/legendi-ximernogo-krayu/festival-akcz-mprezi/vern.html
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