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snapshot from 28-October-15

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. "Три сантиметра над землей" (3 cm Above The Ground) - 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").


2. "История" (Story / I Am Writing My Own Story) - 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."


3. "Надежда" (Hope) - 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.


4. "Портной" (A Taylor) - КняZz

КняZz is a new music project of Andrei Knyazev, a frontman and founder of the wildly popular punk band Korol I Shut (King and Jester). “Knyaz” is also the author of many of that band’s hits. The new project carries his nickname “Knyaz,” a shortened version of his last name, which also happens to mean “prince” or “duke” in Russian. This seems to be an appropriate title for a project that came out of “King and Jester.”


5. "Большая игра" (Big Game) - 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.

Listen to "Большая игра" here.

Below is another hit from the same band: "Танго 'Черная каракатица'".

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