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Nashe Radio Top 5
snapshot from 02/28/2013

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. «Я вижу солнце» - Галанин, Бутусов, Каспарян

Three famous Russian musicians, each from a different legendary Russian rock band (Sergei Galanin, formerly of Brigada S;  Vyacheslav Butusov, formerly of Nautilus Pompilius; and Georgy Kasparyan, formerly of Кино), and now all pursuing solo careers, have joined together to re-make Galanin's old hit.

2. «Контрабанда» - Мельница

Melnitsa (Мельница, the Russian for windmill) is a Russian folk rock band. It was founded in 1999 by Natalia "Hellawes" O'Shea and Alexey "Chus" Sapkov. The band fuses Russian, Irish, and other North European folk influences with guitar pop/rock. Natalia "Hellawes" O'Shea, the lead singer and primary songwriter, is an academic and a specialist in medieval European languages and cultures by day. Her expertise lends the typically complex fantasy-laden lyrics a degree of authenticity.    

3. «Поговори со мной, Ольга» - Ночные снайперы

Night Snipers formed in 1993 and quickly became favorites of the Saint Petersburg music clubs. Their early songs were an odd but pleasing mix of Rock, Jazz, Soviet, and Japanese influences. Their later releases are less distinctive, especially after they brought Zemfira's music engineer on board. Try listening to "Jazz" or the haunting repetitions of "На границе."

4. «Жизнь бывает разная» - 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. «Молитва» - Би-2

Originally formed in Minsk, Belorussia in 1985, Bi-2 went through various incarnations before subduing all Russia with their aggressive rock arrangements and often epic, often romantic lyrics and vocals. The lead singer has developed an image and reputation as "the hero of maiden dreams," (romantic, heroic, but often sad). The above hit was featured as the theme song to a television show of the same name (Russia's answer to "Survivor"). 


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