When you think punk rock, what locales come to mind? There’s New York, London, Los Angeles, D.C., Detroit, Boston, and Minneapolis, to name a few. But how about Soviet-era Russia? Yes, that’s right: the Russians wrote and recorded their fair share of loud, angry punk anthems, too. And it’s small wonder, come to think of it: the infamously oppressive Soviet Russia was a perfect breeding ground for angry, politically-conscious punk musicians.
Of course, the government certainly wasn’t forgiving when it came to outright rebellion, as evidenced by this quote from Pravda (a once-ubiquitous Communist-sponsored newspaper): “The music and lyrics of punk rock provoke among the young fits of aimless rage, vandalism, and the urge to destroy everything they get their hands on. No matter how carefully they try to clean it up, it will remain the most reactionary offspring of the bourgeoisie mass culture.” And according to music blog music ruined my life, punks were so marginalized that their “records were commonly homemade using discarded medical X-rays.” Said records would be particularly hard to get a hold of; instead, you can download this wonderful compilation, courtesy of the aforementioned music ruined my life. It’s 36 tracks by just as many artists, and it was all recorded between 1981 and 1990. Best of all, it contains some of the odder interpretations of punk and hardcore you’ll ever hear. But be warned: this is about as lo-fi as it comes.
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