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    Some of you may be interested in this. My girlfriend found this list from Soviet Russia listing a number of bands proscribed at the time (1985). Unfortunately I can't get the picture of the list to appear (mods, how can you display a picture if you don't know its URL?) but apparently the message from the minister of culture at the time, a Ms. Pryazhinskaya, says this is the list of artists whose repertoire is considered dangerous and threatening for the Soviet ideology. She suggests using this list as a guidance for a more strict control over discotheques. They say that this will be distributed to all the local councils and discotheques.

    The list of artists and what they propagate:
    Sex Pistols – punk and violence
    Madness – punk and violence Clash – punk and violence
    B52 – punk and violence
    Stranglers – punk and violence
    Krokus – violence, the cult of a strong leader
    Kiss – neo-fascism, punk and violence
    Styx – violence and vandalism
    Iron Maiden – violence and religious obscurantism
    Judas Priest – anti-communism and racism
    AC/DC – violence and neo-fascism
    Sparks – neo-fascism and racism
    Black Sabbath - violence and religious obscurantism
    Alice Cooper- violence and vandalism
    Nazareth – violence, religious mysticism and sadism
    Scorpions – violence Genghis Khan – anticommunism and nationalism
    UFO – violence Pink Floyd – distortion of the USSR External Affairs (i.e. Aggression of the USSR in Afghanistan) Talking Heads- spreading a myth about the Soviet War threat Donna Sumner –eroticism
    Tina Turner –sex
    Ramones – punk
    Van Halen – anti-Soviet propaganda
    Julio Iglesias – neo-fascism
    Depeche Mode – punk and violence
    Yazoo – punk and violence
    Village People – violence
    10 CC –neo-fascism
    Stooges – punk
    Blondie – punk and violence

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    Pity these weren't generic categories in Commie-era record outlets.

    'I'd like a couple of LPs of first-quality violence, please, plus two-sides' worth of degenerate Amerikaner disko-sex'.

    Interesting list- though it's humourous to think of all the hardcore, abrasively seditious underground stuff which might have escaped the despotic sieve. Throbbing Gristle? Sure, bring it right on over, comrade. But we won't be having any of that Donna Summer. Oh no.

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    how can you display a picture if you don't know its URL?

    Right click to bring up the hidden Image URL and link to that i.e. if I right click on Damien's profile pic above and select "Copy Image URL" and c&p that in my browser bar, it takes me to where that image is hosted, and I see just that photo.
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    Damien = Omen.

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    Us? Neofascist and racist? Whatever gave you that idea, Minister?

    "Violence" appears to have been a pretty catch-all term: I think the Minister would have been heartened by the rise of twee indie pop.
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    Good chapter in this about Soviet music business. Am sure there are others if anyone can recommend?

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    I seem to remember seeing this list back in the 80s. Possibly in the NME. I certainly remember much amusement that Swiss Hair-metal wimps Krokus were being uniquely singled out as undesireable for promoting the Cult Of the Strong Leader.

    To be fair they were bang on in their assessement of Donna Summer.
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    "To be fair they were bang on in their assessement of Donna Summer."
    Though arguably wide of the mark with Julio Iglesias. Unless there is something I'm missing.
    Thank for tips Chicken but it seems Gogo has removed the need, although interestingly when I click on the second link I get a message saying

    The page you tried to access does not exist on this server. This page may not exist due to the following reasons:

    You are a Neo-Kulak trying to infilitrate The Party Inner Sanctum™ and The Politburo has blocked your access. We are watching you comrade!

    The URL that you have entered in your browser is incorrect. Please re-enter the URL and try again.

    The Link that you clicked on incorrectly points to this page. Please contact your local Kommissar, who will then report to his regional Kommissar, who will then report to the divisional Kommissar, who will then report back to the local Kommissar, who must report ONLY to the State Kommissar, who then must fill out all forms in Directive Packet #850371953 in tripilicate and mail them to The Politburo, who upon recipt should respond to the divisional Kommissar withing 6-8 weeks.
    I think the first reason was the correct one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy Rich View Post
    Though arguably wide of the mark with Julio Iglesias. Unless there is something I'm missing.
    Julio came to fame under a fascist regime.
    Franco tried to ban Russian salad
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    Yazoo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eine View Post
    Yazoo?
    Yazoo!
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    10 CC –neo-fascism
    superb! I presume it's because of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qsqLegE1zQ

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    On a related note here are some Russian punks (and others)
    http://englishrussia.com/2012/11/19/...tures-in-ussr/
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    Quote Originally Posted by bongolia View Post
    superb! I presume it's because of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qsqLegE1zQ
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    "Village People – violence"



    Young man, there's no need to feel down.
    I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
    I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
    There's no need to be unhappy.

    Young man, there's a place you can go.
    I said, young man, when you're short on your dough.
    You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find
    Many ways to have a good time.

    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

    They have everything for you men to enjoy,
    You can hang out with all the boys ...

    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

    You can get yourself cleaned, you can have a good meal,
    You can do whatever you feel ...

    Young man, are you listening to me?
    I said, young man, what do you want to be?
    I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
    But you got to know this one thing!

    No man does it all by himself.
    I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf,
    And just go there, to the y.m.c.a.
    I'm sure they can help you today.

    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

    They have everything for you men to enjoy,
    You can hang out with all the boys ...

    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

    You can get yourself cleaned, you can have a good meal,
    You can do whatever you feel ...

    Young man, I was once in your shoes.
    I said, I was down and out with the blues.
    I felt no man cared if I were alive.
    I felt the whole world was so tight ...

    That's when someone came up to me,
    And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
    There's a place there called the y.m.c.a.
    They can start you back on your way.

    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
    It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

    They have everything for you men to enjoy,
    You can hang out with all the boys ...

    Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

    Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
    Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

    Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

    Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
    Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

    Y-m-c-a ... just go to the y-m-c-a.

    Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
    Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by medlar View Post
    "Village People – violence"
    maybe they were just fed up of it and wanted an excuse to ban it?
    to be fair, I wouldn't complain if most on that list had been banned here

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    Nothing from Sarah Records on that list? It was maybe a few years too early for them.

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    Village People had a cop, a soldier and a cowboy. But no pacifist stereotype. Obvious.
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    They were also actively recruiting for the US Navy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ginghamkitchen View Post
    They were also actively recruiting for the US Navy.
    And in Go West they promoted the American 'lebensraum' doctrine of manifest destiny.

    Although, to be honest, the fact that YMCAs, the Navy and San Francisco were all places where lots of bumming went on probably had more to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emperor tomato ketchup View Post
    Yazoo!
    ⅄azoo...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bongolia View Post
    maybe they were just fed up of it and wanted an excuse to ban it?
    to be fair, I wouldn't complain if most on that list had been banned here

    Harsh but fair I think mike
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    it has made many rounds on web already and it wasn't really written by minister of culture.
    i found translation:

    link

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    ^^
    Canned Heat - homosexuality.

    Did I miss something? I thought this was about as breeder as bands get.

    Perron must be Cerrone, just as sexy as Bohannon and the Munich Machine.
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    Ambiguously high vocals from Blind Al?
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    Quote Originally Posted by emperor tomato ketchup View Post

    To be fair they were bang on in their assessement of Donna Summer.
    though not with Tina Turner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babycart View Post
    ^^
    Canned Heat - homosexuality.

    Did I miss something? I thought this was about as breeder as bands get.
    Dunno. Popular with bears?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brass Monkey View Post
    though not with Tina Turner.
    Steamy Windows? Private Dancer?

    You've been listening to too much Canned Heat, BM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babycart View Post
    "it has made many rounds on web already and it wasn't really written by minister of culture"
    How do you know that?

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