I didn’t know that last fact until I saw Episode 10 of Kieslowski’s Decalogue, which features a Polish hardcore band. I brought back from Polska a record called 22 Polish Punk Classics. One of the bands is called KSU (photo at left).
According to the international hardcore punk history site Kill From The Heart, KSU were formed in 1977, and quickly moved from covering traditional rock to playing punk in the tradition of the "Sex Pistols, Damned, Wire, UK Subs and Polish BRAK."
Back when I was a young lad in the U.S., hardcore was the bee’s knees. Everyone wanted to be the first on their block with the new Black Flag or Fear record. American and British punks had problems with authority, but authority didn’t return the favor. Not so in Poland. Take it away, Kill From the Heart chronicler "Konrad":
Around [1978, KSU] they have sent a letter to Radio Free Europe asking them to play punk records which were banned from the Polish record stores. RFE follows up with their request and dedicates the songs to them. Since listening to RFE was illegal in communist Poland, the members of KSU were arrested and their homes were searched. Soon after those incidents the band starts an organization called Wolna Republika Bieszczadzka (Free Republic of Bieszczady) which again leads to arrests and searches. WRB’s goal was to preserve the ecosystem and the cultural traditions of the Bieszczady Mountains.
From 1980 to 1985, the two founding members were "drafted into the army one after the other," but managed to keep the band alive until the mid 1990s.
Here, a German Joys exclusive: KSU’s 1986 anthem "Liban" (big mp3 download). I have no idea what it’s about (perhaps " the cultural traditions of the Bieszczady Mountains"). But it rocks.