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Nashe Radio Top 5
snapshot from September 30, 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. «Мысленный волк» - Смысловые Галлюцинации

Formed in 1989 in Ekaterinsburg, they are primarily known for mixing electronic and acoustic elements. Their name means "Meaningful Hallucinations," but they are usually simply known as "Glyuki," a slang term that means roughly "Brain Glitch." They rose to super-stardom when their song "Вечно молодой" was prominently featured on the soundtrack of the cult action film Brat.

2. «Оркестр» - Сплин

Splean was one of the first Russian rock groups to emerge after the fall of the USSR. They are still wildly popular, singing unusual but addictive songs with sad words and unusual melodies. The group's name means depression in Russian and they insist on its transliteration being spelled with –ea rather than –i, which is a nod to the spelling of the Beatles. According to one Russian critic, "Splean opens doors to the consciousness and what door to enter, where to stay, depends on the decision of your heart." We are also fans of their song "Пыльная быль," which was one of their first big hits in the 90's.

3. «Забрали в армию» - 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").

4. «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.

5. «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.


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