Music / Nautilus Pompilius
Nautilus Pompilius (Наутилус Помпилиус) was a Soviet-Russian new-wave rock band founded by Vyacheslav Butusov
in 1983 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekateinburg). Over time, they became one of the most popular Russian rock bands of the time due to their philosophical lyrics and unique sound. Their songs appeared in some very popular Russian films, such as Brother
(in which the band members, particularly Butusov, make some cameos), Brother 2
, and Stilyagi
. After the band broke up, Vyacheslav Butusov launched a successful solo career, and later joined up with Yuri Kasparyan (the former guitarist of another hugely popular rock band, Kino, and good friend of the band frontman Viktor Tsoi
) and launched the band U-Piter, which is active to this day.
- 1983 Pereyezd (Highway Crossing)
- 1985 Nevidimka (Invisible)
- 1986 Razluka (Separation)
- 1988 Ni Komu Ni Kabel'nost (Pun-Based Title: nekommunikabel'nost means 'lack of sociability' (a loanword, from communicare and -able-) and nikomu ne means 'to nobody')
- 1988 Knyaz' Tishiny (Prince of Silence)
- 1988 Otboy (Lights-out)
- 1989 Chelovek Bez Imeni (Man With No Name)
- 1992 Chuzhaya Zemlya (Alien Land)
- 1994 Titanic
- 1994 Titanic-Live
- 1995 Kryl'ya (Wings)
- 1996 Luchshie Pesni (Best Songs)
- 1997 Yablokitay (China-apple)
- 1998 Atlantida (Atlantis)
- The Bad Guy Wins: "Black Birds", in which Black Birds terrorize a man and refuse his pleas and bargains to leave him alone.
- Cover Version: Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones (although it was rarely performed).
- Crapsack World: In many songs - "Titanic", "Song for the Women's Protection", "Striptease", "Tear the Fabric", and, most prominently, "These Rivers Flow to Nowhere".
- Creepy Crows: Black Birds
- Determinator: "The Last Man on Earth", and, as it is obvious by the end of the song, "Ivan Humanov".
- Driven to Suicide: "Warm Snow Fell"
- Drunken Song: "The 9th Scotch"
- Escapism: "Alain Delon (The Glance from the Screen)"
- Flying Dutchman: "The Flying Frigate"
- Grief Song: "I Want to Be with You", about a man who commits intense self-harm after the woman he loves dies, ending with him being commited into a psychiatric hospital.
- Intercourse with You: "Gate From Which I Came", to a very creepy extent.
- Kraken and Leviathan: "Sea Serpent"
- Magic Realism
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: "My Brother Cain"
- Shout-Out: "Alain Delon (The Glance from the Screen)" to "Robert De Niro" by Bananarama
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: '"Blow, Gabriel!" kicks it up a notch, to the Apocalypse Failure:
Blow, Gabriel, blow! Now it just cannot worsen.
City's so tight asleep, that Heaven itself will not rouse it.
- A Storm Is Coming: "Mongolian Steppe"