TATU - BEYOND THE HYPE

ALL THE THINGS YOU WANT TO KNOW IN SPITE OF YOURSELF

the music in general

Blender describes the music as "abrasive electro-pop as jarring as the Prodigy's" -- this tells you more about the writer's musical horizons than about Tatu's brand of music. It's electro-pop with some dancefloor thrown in for good measure. The ballads feature some acoustic instruments such as oboes and guitars.

Trevor Horn seems to be producing their English-language debut. He's no stranger to success with outrageous pop acts (see below) and certainly knows how to make a song shine.

TATU english language releases

By the time the International version of their first album was released, the first Russian album, "200 po vstrechnoj" ("200 km/h in the wrong lane") had already been repackaged once to include an extra track "Klouny" (Clowns). There are numerous bootlegs floating around, the most popular probably being "Zvezdnaya seriya" ("Star Series") which not only includes all album tracks, but all the official remixes of Ya soshla s uma from the CD Single and the 51 MByte video clip (Windows Media) of Ya soshla s uma on a data track.

The following singles have been released so far:

  • Ya soshla s uma (I Lost My Mind) 2001
  • 30 minut (30 Minutes) 2001
  • Nas ne dogonyat (They Won't Catch Us) 2002
  • Prostie dvizeniya (Simple Motions) 2002 (screen caps)

Pending english-language singles:

  • All The Things She Said (Ya soshla s uma) September 10, 2002
  • They're Not Gonna Get Us (Nas ne dogonyat) 2002

Album Release

US Album "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane": October 22, 2002

European Album "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane": October 7th, 2002

At this point, it is unknown whether all or just some of the tracks of the English language releases have been redone with Trevor Horn. Given that Horn is a notorious perfectionist, I would guess the latter.

Singles

US/European Single"All The Things She Said": September 10, 2002

Judging from the audio of the English-language video, the mix is identical to the Russian version (Ya soshla s uma).

DVD Single released on August 28, 2002 ("limited edition", not available on the web)

English-language singles:

  • All The Things She Said (Ya soshla s uma) August 13
  • They're Not Gonna Get Us (Nas ne dogonyat) 2002

No release date for They're Not Gonna Get Us has been announced at this time.

TATU russian language releases

Album Releases

200 po vstrechnoj ("200 km/h in the wrong lane"): The first album was released in Russia in early 2002 and in the fall in the rest of the world. The Russian version is available in several editions, with different running orders and bonus tracks such as "Klouny" (Clowns), which was not included with the first album.

There are numerous bootlegs floating around, the most popular possibly being "Zvezdnaya seriya" ("Star Series") which includes all the album tracks except for "Klouny". In addition, it contains all the official remixes of "Ya soshla s uma" from the CD Single. It also features a 51 MByte version of the Video Clip of "Ya soshla s uma" in Windows Media format on a data track.

Singles

The following singles have been released so far:

  • Ya soshla s uma (I Lost My Mind) 2001
  • 30 minut (30 Minutes) 2001
  • Nas ne dogonyat (They Won't Catch Us) 2002
  • Prostie dvizeniya (Simple Motions) Spring 2002

latest changes

06/01/22: house cleaning to accomodate the second album
02/09/02: music section launched

do they really sing
yulia in the studio

Apparently, both girls have had a decent musical education in school and sung in a band.

On stage, however, they always seem to sing playback. Seeing the stage show, that comes as little surprise. During the MTV live performance of "Mal'chik-gej", they prance around in semi-transparent white underwear and blue kneepads, roughly simulating sexual acts and a dash of female domination. Near the end of the song, they pour water over their clothes, thus taking care of the semi-transparency. One can basically hear the beating of a hundred thousand wrists across Russia.

>> more about the videos

title translations

The Russian song titles translate as follows (following the running order from "200 po vstrechnoj", 2nd edition):

  1. Klouny
    Clowns
  2. 30 minut
    30 Minutes
  3. Doschitaj do sta
    Count To Hundred
  4. Zachem ya
    Why Me?
  5. Nas ne dogonyat
    They Won't Catch Us
  6. Ya tvoya ne pervaya
    I'm Not Your First One
  7. Robot
    Robot (duh)
  8. Mal'chik-gej
    Gay Boy
  9. Ya tvoj vrag
    I Am Your Enemy
  10. Ya soshla s uma
    I Lost My Mind

The latest Russian single, "Prostie dvizeniya", translates as "Simple Motions" or "Simple Moves".

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