The band was formed in November 1993, following the call of Florin Dumitrescu, the group’s main songwriter. He wanted to create a rock band with a Romanian name, unlike most contemporary groups which had an Anglo-American influence to their names. Florin came with a crazy and funny idea: he wanted a name to indicate that this is not a one-man band (hence the plural of “Sarma” - “Sarmalele”) and to suggest that this is a Romanian product; what the Romanian citizen likes most is eating(the “sarmale” are a traditional Romanian food sort which is best served hot). F.D. then proposes that these “sarmale” be different, less easy to swallow, less trendy… a tad bit cold(“Reci” = “Cold”).
“Sarmalele reci” had success since their first appearance, in 1993, at the Theatrum Mundi.
The band released a few songs which instantly became hits: “Tatiana”, “Violeta”, “Gasca de la bloc”, “N-ai nimic pe sub tricou”, “Tara te vrea prost”, and many others.
Zoltan Andras - lead singer and keyboard player (born on 22-03-1968)
Emil Viciu - electric guitar (born on 6-11-1964
Ionel Tanase (dubbed Tase Indianu’) - drummer - (born on 9-10-1970)
Andi Savastre - bass - (born on 29-8-1970)
“Tara te vrea prost” - 1995
“Aurolac” - 1996
“Bucate alese” - 1998
“Rapirea din Serai” - 1999
“Maniac” - 2001