Socrates Drank the Conium

Socrates Drank the Conium

Socrates Drank the Conium
Socrates performing live at the University of Patras (2008)
Background information
Origin Athens, Greece
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, heavy psychedelic rock
Years active 1969–2010
Labels Polygram
Members Yannis Spathas
Antonis Tourkogiorgis
Makis Gioulis
Asterios Papastamatakis
Markella Panagiotoy
Past members Elias Boukouvalas
George Trantalidis
Nikos Antypas
Yiorgos Zikoyiannis
Pavlos Alexiou
Leonidas Alachadamis
Kostas "Gus" Doukakis

Socrates Drank the Conium, known also as Socrates, is a Greek rock band that formed in 1969[1] and achieved success in the 1970s. Influenced by heavy blues and rock bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream, the band melded the unorthodox time signatures and orchestration of progressive rock and the intensity of blues and hard rock music, creating a unique sound that distinguished them from other Greek rock acts of that period. Outside Greece, Socrates is best known for Phos, their 1976 landmark collaboration album with Vangelis.

The group has gone through many lineup changes, but the two core members have remained: guitarist Yannis Spathas and bassist/singer Antonis Tourkogiorgis.


  • History 1
  • Members 2
  • Discography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Socrates began its career in the clubs of Athens, most prominently the popular Kyttaro.[2] They were present at a number of other locations in and around Victoria Square in Athens. In addition to performing originals, Socrates often covered Jimi Hendrix songs, none of which were featured on any studio releases; a thirteen-minute cover of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones, however, found its way onto their 1972 album Taste of Conium.

Yannis Spathas favored two sunburst Fender Jazz Bass, a Warwick Corvette Double Buck bass and sang, while several drummers were used throughout the live shows and recording sessions.

In 1975, Socrates went through a change in stylistic direction with Phos, which featured Vangelis' production and contributions on many tracks.[3] Phos was mostly reworkings of older songs by Socrates. Both LPs On the Wings and Phos were issued in the USA via Neil Kempfer-Stocker's Prog imprint Cosmos.

In 2002 Socrates reunited in an extended form (featuring keyboards and a second singer) to do several shows around Greece. This lineup remains active.


Lineup (2002 - 2010)
Former/Past members
  • Costas Karamitros – drums
  • Elias Boukouvalas – drums
  • George Trantalidis – drums
  • Nikos Antypas – drums
  • Yiorgos Zikoyiannis – bass
  • Pavlos Alexiou – keyboards
  • Leonidas Alachadamis – drums (1975)
  • Kostas "Gus" Doukakis – guitar (1973)



  1. ^ a b "Albums by Socrates Drank the Conium". Retrieved 9-5-2012. 
  2. ^ "Socrates (Drank the Conium)". Matt Barrett's Athens Survival Guide. Retrieved 9-5-2012. 
  3. ^ "Phos"Socrates - . Retrieved 9-5-2012. 

External links