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Nashe Radio Top 5
snapshot from August 31, 2014

Nashe Radio plays popular music that isn't quite "pop." What's big in Russian-language rock, rap, punk, R&B, and alternative? Nashe Radio's all-Russian and eclectic play list can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what's at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and additional commentary taken from the Russian Popular Music page of our Library.

1. «Тройка» - Наив

Naiv (Naïve) is anything but. These guys deliver hard-hitting, politically charged industrial-techno-punk. The lead singer screams against fascism and oppression while his band backs him up with brain-rattling distortions, clangs, and riffs. The group formed when two of its founding members, guitarist Maksim Kochetkov and singer Alexander Ivanov, were serving in the army together in 1988. When the two finished their service in 1989, two others joined the group which then began performing and working on their first album. It was released in 1990 on the US label Maximum Rock 'N' Roll and the group gained a following in the US as well. In fact, the group's first album could be found in Kurt Cobain's personal library, who counted himself as a fan. NAIV announced that they were splitting up in 2009 due to "creative differences" and former lead singer Alexander Ivanov has started another punk group called RADIO ЧАЧА. After 5 years of silence, in 2013 the band reunited for a grand tour dedicated to group's 25th anniversary.

2. «Кем бы ты ни был» - Пикник

Piknik has been around since the 1970s and began to gain real popularity in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s. Their lyrics revolve mainly around Gothic motifs and mysticism which also caused the Soviet authorities to ban the group for a short time at the peak of their popularity. Even though they did not get airplay on TV or radio and were banned from recording albums, the group continued to tour on a shoestring budget until they released their first album in 1991.

(Video for the new song is not available yet. We offer you instead Piknik's popular hit "Из мышеловки")

3. «Пиратские копии» - Мумий Тролль

Formed in last years of the Soviet Union in Vladivostok, this band self-published their first album on cassette to avoid bureaucracy and censorship. After the fall, the band broke up when lead singer Ilya Lagutenko, who speaks both English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, left to work abroad. When he returned a few years later, the band reunited and produced its first successful official album, Morskaya. Their music is full of industrial electronic riffs and Ilya is a delightfully whimsical and distinctive singer. The band is also known for its work campaigning for AIDS awareness and prevention programs.

4. «Обнимай» - Кукрыниксы

The Russian post-punk band Кукрыниксы (Kukryniksy) was founded in 1997 by Aleksey Gorshenev, the ex-drummer of the horror punk band Korol i Shut (King and Jester) and the brother of Korol i Shut frontman Mikhail Gorshenev (also known as “Gorshok” or “pot”). The band is well-known for their contributions to the soundtrack of the movie The 9th Company (9 Рота). The word “KuKryNiksy” is the name of a Soviet political cartoonist trio from the 1940s-50s (Mikhail Kuprianov, Porfiry Krylov and Nikolay Sokolov). This name was chosen for the band accidentally and temporarily, but has not been changed yet.

5. «Пойдем на улицу» - Тараканы!

"The Cockroaches" formed in 1996, when the band members were just sixteen years old.  Within four years, they were touring Europe as punk rock stars. They are known for socially conscious lyrics, which attempt to tackle some of Russia's biggest problems: alcoholism, drug abuse, extremism, and racism. These industry savvy gents have also managed punk festivals, often assist new talent in getting exposure, and have even toured with Marky Ramone of the Ramones. They were formally known as Chetyre Tarakana - some record stores haven't figured out that it's the same band.


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