Foje

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Foje was one of the most successful and best known Lithuanian alternative rock / new wave bands. It was formed in the present-day Antakalnis Secondary School in Vilnius by Andrius Mamontovas, Arnoldas Lukošius and Darius Tarasevičius in 1983 under the name of Sunki Muzika ("Hard Music"), few months later Algis Kriščiūnas joined the band. In 1984 it was renamed to Foje (literal meaning: "foyer"). Through its years, the band survived a number of lineup changes, and released over 10 albums.

The group cited several influences, including the sound of The Stranglers, as well as the 1980s post-punk movement (for example the notable nod to Depeche Mode on Foje's 1989 electronica album Žodžiai į Tylą). These influences were combined with the often gloomy, desperate lyrics of the band's mastermind Andrius Mamontovas.

In 1997 the band finally decided to disband and performed 3 huge farewell gigs in Lithuanian cities of Klaipėda, Kaunas and Vilnius, with the attendance of 60,000 in the final performance on 17 May in Vingis Park of Vilnius. After disbanding the band's leader Andrius Mamontovas started a solo career.

Two of the band's songs - Laužo šviesa ("The Light of the Bonfire") (1986) and Meilės nebus per daug ("There will not be too much love") (1994) - were voted by the media professionals into the Top 20 best Lithuanian songs of the 20th century in 2000.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Balts Bite Back! Various Artists 1

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