Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli

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AU at the 6th rock festival of the Leningrad rock club, Winter Stadium, June 1988. Source:

Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli abbreviated AU (The Automatic Satisfiers, Russian: Автоматические удовлетворители abbreviated АУ) were an iconic and highly influential Russian punk band, formed in Saint Petersburg in 1979.[1][2]

The group was founded in the summer of 1979 by the "Father of Russian Punk,"[3] the late Andrei Panov, better known as "Svin" ("Pig"), was one of the first punk rockers in the city even before he heard punk music.[4][5] According to one interview, Svin fell in love with punk rock after reading an article criticizing the Sex Pistols in a Soviet newspaper. His band, Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli, was a sort of underground club for dozens of local musicians, including Kino's late frontman, Viktor Tsoi, and Tequilajazzz's Yevgeny Fyodorov. Panov died of an abdominal disorder at the age of 38 on August 20, 1998.


The group was formed in the summer of 1979 by Andrey Panov to perform at small apartment shows at Artemy Troitsky's invitation, but their name - “Automatic Satisfactors”, would only be chosen later on. One of the group’s first Leningrad performances took place on March 22, 1981 in the Leningrad cafe “Brig” at Andrei Tropillo's birthday party. Afterwards they traveled to the Baltic states in the fall, and shortly after temporarily ceased their activity.

In the summer of 1982, the group got back together to play apartment concerts in Moscow. For a long time, the group remained fully in the underground until joining the Leningrad Rock Club, which allowed them to perform in official rock festivals for the first time. During the second half of 1988, Svin also participated in his former bassist Mikhail Vinogradov's "600" project.

In the mid-90s, a new period of AU activity began. At the end of 1995, the group was practically divided into two Svin side projects: one which retained its punk rock roots and the other, who went by the "Arkestr AU" or the "A. Panov Orchestra" names, including professional musicians to create an energetic dance funk style.

Andrei Panov died of peritonitis in 1998 and the group ceased to exist. Before he had recorded and performed with Rock'N'Roll City, with the resulting album, released under the "FAA" name, coming out almost on the day of the artist’s death.


CDs of the band's music sometimes feature АУ (the abbreviation "AU") in large letters on the cover artwork. Their last studio album had фАУ ("fAU") on the cover.[6]

  • 1984 — «Надристать!» "shit!"
  • 1987 — «Рейган провокатор» "Reagan, provocateur"[7]
  • 1988 — «АУ Типа 600 - Песенники и пёсенники» "АU type 600, songs and songs"
  • 1995 — «Тел. 1979-1994. Претензии не принимаются» (1979-1994 "No pretensions accepted") - Caravan Records.[8]
  • 1995 — «Пейте с нами!» - Compilation, also of Olesya Troyanskaya (ru) Drink with us! (Пейте С Нами!) Department EXIT (Отделение ВЫХОД).[9]
  • 1998 — «Праздник непослушания или последний день Помпея» ("Festival of disobedience or The Last Days of Pompeii") Department EXIT[10]


  1. Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world ed. John Shepherd - 2005 p63 "Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli (Automatic Satisfiers)" p73 album list "Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli. Terri, Cherri, Svin. 1984:"
  2. Maximum rocknroll N.278 2006 "He played in Russia's oldest punk band - Avtomaticheskie udovletvoriteli - between 1994 and 1997,.."
  3. Солнечное сплетение 1998 "Андрей "Свин" Панов, отец русского панк-рока, легенда при жизни, умер 20 августа... Двадцать лет без одного года просуществовала его группа "Автоматические Удовлетворители". "АУ" возникла в Ленинграде в 1979 году на"
  4. Елизавета Дмитриевна Уварова Эстрада России: XX век Page 572 - 2004 "В первую очередь к ним относятся организованная осенью 1979 панк-группа «Автоматические удовлетворители» во главе с А. Пановым, а также новое поколение ленингр. групп: «Хамелеончик За», «Гулливер», «Абзац»."
  5. Aleksandr Alekseyev Александр Алексеев Кто есть кто в российской рок-музыке (Who's Who In Russian Rock Music) Page 21 "Образовал «Автоматических удовлетворителей» Андрей «Свин» Панов, ..."
  6. Андрей Бурлака Rock Encyclopedia Рок-энциклопедия: популярная музыка в Ленинграде - Петербурге ... - Volume 1 -2007 Page 1970 "Начиная с середины 90-х свет увидело несколько различных записей Панова с разными версиями АУ ... «НЧ/ВЧ» (1989); День рождения (1990); Концерт в «Программе А» (1992); Концерт в клубе «ТаМ1Ат» (1993); Тел. 1979-1994. Претензии не принимаются. ... (и под вывеской фАУ) записал свой последний студийный альбом «Праздник непослушания, или Последний день Помпеи». "
  7. Алексей Рыбин, Илья Стогов Анархия в РФ: Первая полная история русского панка (Anarchy in the RF) 2007 - 2007 Page 27 "«Рейган — провокатор»"
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