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There are atleast four bands with the name Opium
1: Opium is a Finnish rock band formed around early 1980`s in Espoo, which fused Finnish melancholy with catchy rock melodies. Opium's hit number one is Syylliset, which soon in 1981 became very popular from PROPAGANDA EP. It is very well asked for item among the record-collectors. From album the guitarist Pasi Bastard Huopalainen is from earlier Pelle Miljoona & N.U.S. and later Rudi & Jussi Kettu. It was as well the debut by Jussi Kettu as a bass player on album.
2: Opium's history begins in 1987, when Mirostlav Tkatchenko, along with Iliya Ivanov formed a Synth duo in Vladivostok, Russia called ‘Cold Relations’. At that time they knew about another synth duo which existed, "Depesha", whose members were - Evgeny Maximov (Max) and Yura Eliseev (Vas). They united in 1990 under the guidance of Leonid Burlakov (Leo)- who then became the producer of the new project“Opium”.
Mirostlav, Iliya and Max released an album called "Art"-which was synthpop music sung in Russian. Stage performances followed and a few self-titled singles were released.
In 1993 Mirostlav moved to Israel where he met Liav Shemesh who had the same musical preferences and started cooparating with him on new songs for the band, this time-in English… In order for the vocals to be recorded, Iliya flew from his home town on Russia to the warm city Natanya in Israel, and in the summer of 2001, 11 demos were recorded in "Fire Studios".
3: Opium are a rock band from South Wales, who released an EP called The Last Days Of Disco. They since changed their to Covergirl
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