Anyway, was there pop music in the Soviet Union, and if so what was it like? I know they had public radio in the USSR, what did they play on it? Was it strictly Ukranian folk music, or did the government allow politically acceptable contempory music to exist?
― Disco Nihilist (mjt), Tuesday, 14 October 2003 00:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
Were invited to play some gigantic shindig in Moscow that was mostly a metalfest for American hair bands -- a style Gorky Park emulated.
The band was brought to the United States and paraded around in second tier venues in some hope that it would catch on. Shopped avideo to MTV that garnered a few airings. Played guitars, shapedlike balalaikas, which -- paradoxically were made by Kramer, anAmerican company that became big in the Eighties by dint of association with Eddie Van Halen and the pointy guitar with lockingtremolo fad.
Kramer went bankrupt at about the same time Gorky Park flopped inthe United States.
I saw Gorky Park up close while doing the entertainment gig at adaily newspaper. They were only so good as to be competitve withaverage local bands and were sometimes much worse. They had onlythe vaguest idea of what constituted a good hard act. Mostly, likemany others, they were focused on the look (see horrid LA clubliggers Metal Shop except without the chopsy guitarist).
I believe they always encored with the Who's "The Kids Are Alright,"whether the kids actually wanted it or not. As far as I could tell,the house was almost deserted when this was performed.
For fans of late Krokus, although even that's a bit generous becauseit implies they could occasionally be winning with a glam rockcover or straight AC/DC rip.
― George Smith, Tuesday, 14 October 2003 01:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
As far as rock goes, Nautilus Pompilius were (are, to a certain extent) really big. I don't know who to compare them to really, but I guess they were a pretty straight forward rock band. Really good songwriting a lot of the time.
The other one I know is Aquarium, who used to be sort of experimental if I remember correctly, but got pretty bad as they got older. I'm not sure if these bands are on AMG, but I'm too lazy to check.
There were a few great singer songwriters, most notably the Nikitin couple. They started out as bio students who wrote tunes for famous poetry (they covered Brodsky, for example, I'm pretty sure), and their tapes got circulated around among their friends and gradually all of Moscow fell in love with them. They still tour now, even in America. Their fans are in their fifties now. They're pretty amazing.
I don't know much of the specifics, really, this is all my parents have told me.
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― Damian (Damian), Tuesday, 14 October 2003 08:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
i have a really cool melodiya t shirt too. they have a fucking cool logo!
― ambrose (ambrose), Tuesday, 14 October 2003 12:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
Aquarium are quite good but can be a bit too hippie for my tastes. KINO is the best of the new wave bands from the eighties. They sort of sound like the Cure-ish...
― Jacobo, Tuesday, 14 October 2003 14:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
But yeah, Kino is the best that I've heard of Soviet era pop/rock music.
― flightsatdusk (flightsatdusk), Tuesday, 14 October 2003 15:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
"gravelly, Tom Waitsy voice"...unfortunately, this describes every Russian male vocal, ever. even in trance tunes! this is my main problem with it.
i forgot to mention that, to hear what this late soviet stuff did for the next wave of music in russia, buy trikonts 'russendisko' compilation. that looks pretty good.
― ambrose (ambrose), Tuesday, 14 October 2003 18:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Matt Helgeson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 14 October 2003 22:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
Also, I believe that the Scorpions were super-popular in Russia due to bootleg tapes and lps that came from Germany....this was even pre-Wind of Change iron curtain pandering.
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And then there was how the Soviets saw pop music elsewhere:
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 November 2010 16:12 (eight years ago) Permalink
Wow, I wish more Western pop was like that.
― A brownish area with points (chap), Thursday, 18 November 2010 16:18 (eight years ago) Permalink
nice revive :)
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― meisenfek, Friday, 19 November 2010 09:49 (eight years ago) Permalink
Is it good? I have this, from 1982:
It is quite listenable and mature romantic pop, a lot of accomplished women singers and so forth. It isn't "cool", it's like a lot of mainstream adult international pop of its time.
I enjoyed it.
YouTube has some videos, I will sift through later and maybe post a few.
― like you really know who trisomie 21 is (u s steel), Friday, 19 November 2010 10:35 (eight years ago) Permalink
Kevin Debroux from Pink Reason played a bunch of really neat 80s stuff on WFMU a while back. i guess his parents upped and moved from the States to Siberia when he was a kid. tough break!
very much worth listening to:http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/29583
― (+) (+ +), Friday, 19 November 2010 12:20 (eight years ago) Permalink
Reposted from Wikipedia, but this is an amusing Zvuki Mu story:
Zvuki Mu (Russian: Зву́ки Му), a Russian alternative rock/indie/post-punk band, was founded in Moscow in the early 1980s. Lead singer and songwriter Pyotr Mamonov is one of the most creative, revered and eccentric figures of the Russian art scene, whose absurdist lyrics are as playful and disturbing as his vocal style and explosive on-stage presence. The band's sound combined starkly simple yet textured melodies with synthesizer sounds, quite unlike anything else heard in Russian rock at the time. One of Zvuki Mu's albums was produced by the famous British musician and producer Brian Eno. He invited the band to London, to record their first studio album. During this visit they did a gig at the ICA. They had little money, and slept on the floor of poet and writer, Anth Ginn. They spent all their money in the Brixton Exchange Mart, on second hand musical instruments. According to legend, Brian Eno met them at his flat to plan the recording session. He had to go out for a couple of hours and told them to make themselves at home. When he got back they were unconscious on his kitchen floor, surrounded by several hundred pounds worth of empties from his expensive booze collection. Apparently he was not happy.
― Sméagol-Eye Cherry (NickB), Friday, 19 November 2010 13:18 (eight years ago) Permalink
Traces in the Snow is a feature lengthdocumentary on Siberia’s punk scenein the 1980’s. Directed by Russianauthor and film director VladimirKozlov, this first-of-its-kinddocumentary uses rare footage ofSiberian punk legends including thepunk poet and songwriter YankaDyagileva and the controversial godfatherof Russian punk Yegor Letov,along with contemporary inter views,to recount the story of Siberia’simprobable punk scene.
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