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Nashe Radio Top 5
snapshot from 27-September-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. "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'".


3. "Метро" (Metro) - АнимациЯ

Russian rock-band “Animatsiya” was founded in Chistopol, the second largest city of Tatarstan Republic, home of famous VOSTOK watch brand of the Soviet Union. The watch factory is no more, but the band just came out with their new album “Время Ё,” which is characteristic of the current time – turbulent, unbearable, non-uniform, easy and strange at the same time.


4. "Жизнь красивая" (Beautiful Life) - ДДТ

 DDT (or ДДТ in Cyrillic) is a popular Russian rock band founded by its lead singer, Yuri Shevchuk, in Ufa (Bashkirtostan) in south-western Russia in 1980. The band, named for the deadly pesticide, started its existence with cover-versions of songs by Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and other Western rock-bands. For some time musicians even argued whether it was possible to play rock music in Russian, unaware that many Russian rock groups were already finding success in Moscow and Leningrad (now St.Petersburg). After many changes in group’s lineup and eventual relocation to Leningrad, it became one of the most successful and prolific Russian musical groups of the 20th and 21st centuries. Shevchuk today has also established himself as one of the Russian protest movement's most vocal supporters. He has sponsered concerts for them, written opposition songs, and once even subjected Vladimir Putin to an unexpected argument at a formal dinner they attended together.


5. "Вверх" (Up) - 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.

Listen to "Вверх" here.

Below is another hit from the same band: "Суперзвезда".

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