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KSU live in Sanok, June 4, 2011. Photo by Wikipedia user Silar

KSU is one of the oldest Polish punk rock bands,[1] founded in 1977 in the southeastern town of Ustrzyki Dolne (in the Bieszczady Mountains). According to its creator, Eugeniusz Olejarczyk, the band was the fruit of listening of radio stations from Western Europe, in which several punk rock songs were played. A group of young listeners from Ustrzyki decided to play covers of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, and in 1978 they came up with the name KSU, which comes from car licence plates, issued by the Krosno Voivodeship authorities for vehicles from Ustrzyki Dolne. With the new name came new music, and KSU began playing songs inspired by Sex Pistols, Damned, and UK Subs.

In 1980, due to their friendship with Kazimierz Staszewski, KSU travelled across Poland to Kolobrzeg, to participate in the New Wave Festival. The band was dubbed a sensation, but soon afterwards its members were one after one called up to the Polish Army and KSU ceased to exist. In 1988 KSU recorded a LP "Pod prąd" ("Against the flow"), which was warmly welcomed by its fans.

Currently KSU consists of four members, including Olejarczyk. Its lyrics are in most cases written by Maciej Augustyn, the brother of former singer Bogdan "Bohun" Augustyn.


Current line-up

  • Eugeniusz Olejarczyk ("Siczka") – guitar, vocals
  • Jarosław Kidawa ("Jasiu") – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paweł Gawlik ("Kojak") – bass guitar
  • Leszek Dziarek ("Dziaro") – drums, backing vocals, programming
  • Piotr Leszega ("Piter") - guitar, backing vocals


  • Pod prąd (1988)
  • Ustrzyki (1990)
  • Moje Bieszczady (1993)
  • Na 15 lecie! (1994)
  • Bez prądu (1995)
  • 21 (1999)
  • Ludzie bez twarzy (2002)
  • Kto cię obroni Polsko (2004)
  • Nasze słowa (2005) POL No. 14[2]
  • Akustycznie XXX-lecie (2008) POL No. 21[3]
  • Dwa Narody (2014)

Live albums

  • Przystanek Woodstock 2005 (2006)[4]

Video albums

  • Przystanek Woodstock 2005 (2006)


  1. Gnoiński, Leszek; Jan Skaradziński (1996). Encyklopedia polskiego rocka. In Rock. pp. 255–256. ISBN 978-83-86365-08-1.
  2. "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. 2005-02-20. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  3. "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  4. "Kultura - informacje i wydarzenia kulturalne". Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  5. "• Kultura - Nowe pokolenie KSU [22-09-2004]". Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2020-03-08.

External links

KSU Official website (in Polish) KSU Official MySpace Profile (in English)

Text adapted from Wikipedia