Тараканы! was formed by 16-year-old classmates in Moscow, Russia in 1991 under the name of Четыре Таракана. Debut album — Duty Free Songs was released in 1992, back then, the band performed a lot in punk clubs of Moscow and other cities. Second album — Best Before… was released in 1995. The band has taken part in the “Learn to Swim” movement of punk and alternative musicians against facism and hard drugs.