TSA (band)

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TSA
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Background information
OriginOpole, Poland
GenresRock, hard rock, heavy metal
Years active1979–1989
1990–1992 (TSA-Evolution)
1991–1992
1998–1999
2001–2018
2021–present
LabelsTonpress, Polton, Mega Records, Warner Music Poland, TMM Polska, Zic Zac, Metal Mind Productions
Websitewww.tsa.com.pl

TSA is a Polish hard rock and heavy metal band.

The band formed in 1979 in Opole as an initiative of guitarist Andrzej Nowak. The original line-up additionally included Stefan Machel (guitar), Janusz Niekrasz (bass) and Marek Kapłon (drums). TSA was originally an instrumental band. It won a "battle of the bands" during the 1981 Jarocin Festival at which members met Marek Piekarczyk, a singer in Sektor A. He debuted as TSA's vocalist a month later at the Pop Session festival in Sopot.

The band's song "Zwierzenia kontestatora" ("Confessions Of A Contestant") appears in the musical documentary Behind the Iron Curtain, which documents the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's first visit to Poland and other countries in Eastern Europe. The song is used as background music during the scene filmed in the music club Remont.

TSA's song "Marsz wilków" ("The Marching Of The Wolves") is used in the 1983 Polish children's movie Akademia Pana Kleksa (Academy of Mr. Kleks) – a film based on Jan Brzechwa's 1964 book.

The group disbanded on the eve of the 1990s, but came back together in the spring of 2001 to record and perform a 'classical line-up' of music.

As is common of heavy metal bands with acronym-based names, "TSA" may have no meaning, although in a 2003 press release one of the founders claimed that the acronym originally meant "Tajne Stowarzyszenie Abstynentów" – "Teetotallers' Secret Association".[1]

In 2018, the band suspended its activities. In May 2021, there was a reactivation with the core of the team supplemented by Zbyszek Kraszewski and Paweł Mąciwoda.

Members

Current line-up
  • Marek Piekarczyk − lead vocals (1981–1989, 1991–1992, 1998–1999, 2001–present)
  • Stefan Machel − guitar, backing vocals (1980–1989, 2001–present)
  • Paweł Mąciwoda − bass guitar (1998–1999, 2021–present)
  • Zbigniew Kraszewski − drums, backing vocals (1984–1989, 2021–present)
Former members
  • Andrzej Nowak (†2022)[2] − guitar (1979–1983, 1987–1989, 1991–1992, 1998–1999, 2001–2022)
  • Janusz Niekrasz − bass guitar, backing vocals (1980–1989, 2001–2018)
  • Marek Kapłon − drums (1980, 1981–1983, 2001–2018)
  • Paweł Stompór − guitar (1991–1992)
  • Marek Raduli − guitar (1980)
  • Antoni Degutis − guitar (1984–1986, 1998–1999)
  • Ryszard Petelnik − guitar (1980)
  • Andrzej Walczak − bass guitar (1991–1992)
  • Tomasz Zatwarnicki − bass guitar (1979)
  • Dariusz Biłyk − drums (1991–1992)
  • Duane Cleveland − drums (1998–1999; US citizen, only non-Polish member in band history)[3]
  • Leszek Wojtas − drums (1980)
TSA-Evolution line-up
  • Janusz Pyzowski − lead vocals (1990–1992)
  • Stefan Machel − guitar (1990–1992)
  • Piotr Łukaszewski − guitar (1990–1992)
  • Janusz Niekrasz − bass guitar (1990–1992)
  • Zbigniew Kraszewski − drums (1990–1992)

Discography

Title Album details Peak chart positions
POL
[4][5][6]
TSA
  • Released: March 1983
  • Label: Polton
  • Formats: LP, CD
8
Spunk!
  • Released: February 1984
  • Label: Mega Records
  • Formats: LP, CD
Heavy Metal World
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Polton
  • Formats: LP, CD
7
Heavy Metal World
(English-language version)
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Mausoleum Records
  • Formats: LP, CD
Rock 'n' Roll
  • Released: April 1988
  • Label: Tonpress
  • Formats: LP, CD, CS
14
52 dla przyjaciół
  • Released: September 1992
  • Label: Zic Zac
  • Formats: CD, CS
Proceder
  • Released: March 23, 2004[7]
  • Label: Metal Mind
  • Formats: CD, CS
2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References

  1. ^ Ryszard Wolański: Leksykon Polskiej Muzyki Rozrywkowej Tom II. MTJ Agencja Artystyczna, 2003, s. 176. ISBN 83-911888-8-4
  2. ^ Nie żyje Andrzej Nowak, gitarzysta i założyciel TSA (in Polish)
  3. ^ Duane Cleveland Metal Archives bio
  4. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS – Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  5. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS – Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  6. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS – Official Retail Sales Chart". olis.onyx.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  7. ^ "Proceder – TSA – Muzyka – WP.PL". muzyka.wp.pl. Retrieved 2016-05-16.

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