Hard, Heavy & Hair – 135 – Banned in the USSR

Playlist & Show Notes

In 1985 the Soviet Union banned 38 famous musicians and bands whose “repertoires contain ideologically harmful compositions.” Who is on this list is going to surprise you. Some are the usual suspects, like the first two bands I’m going to play. Some… Not so obvious. Some banned acts will truly astonish you.

I got my hands on that list of bands banned in the U.S.S.R. and during the middle hour of the show, the “Happy Hour,” I play for you the hard rock, heavy metal, and hair bands on the list as well as tell you why they were prohibited from radio play, play in clubs and bars, and from being played live by Russian bands.

Plus: Hits from Bon Jovi, Ratt, Def Leppard, Cinderella, and others. Two songs with the same name from different stadium-filling hair bands, and the Cover Song of the Week, a song every real rock fan knows from just three simple hand gestures.

The List

Here is the complete list of the musical acts banned in 1985 by the U.S.S.R.’s All Union Lenin Communist Union of Youth Nikolayev Regional Committee of Komsomol of Ukraine, in the order included on the original Soviet list. Beside each musical act is the type of “ideologically harmful” propoganda allegedly contained within their respective musical catalogs.

  1. The Sex Pistols: punk, violence
  2. B-52s: punk, violence
  3. The Madness: punk, violence
  4. The Clash: punk, violence
  5. The Stranglers: punk, violence
  6. KISS: neofascism, punk, violence
  7. Krokus: violence, cult of strong personality
  8. Styx: violence, vandalism
  9. Iron Maiden: violence, religious obscurantism
  10. Judas Priest: anticommunism, racism
  11. AC/DC: neofascism, violence
  12. Sparks: neofascism, racism
  13. Black Sabbath: violence, religious obscurantism
  14. Alice Cooper: violence, vandalism
  15. Nazareth: violence, religious mysticism
  16. The Scorpions: violence
  17. Genghis Khan: anticommunism, nationalism
  18. UFO: violenct
  19. Pink Floyd: distortion of Soviet foreign policy (“Soviet agression in Afghanistan”)
  20. The Talking Heads: myth of the Soviet military threat
  21. Perron: eroticism
  22. Bohannon: eroticism
  23. The Originals: sex
  24. Donna Summer: eroticism
  25. Tina Turner: sex
  26. Junior English: sex
  27. Canned Heat: homosexuality
  28. Munich Machine: eroticism
  29. TheRamones: punk
  30. Van Halen: anti-Soviet propaganda
  31. Julio Iglesias: neofascism
  32. Yazoo: punk, violence
  33. Depeche Mode: punk, violence
  34. The Village People: violence
  35. 10cc: neofascism
  36. The Stooges: violence
  37. The Boys: punk, violence
  38. Blondie: punk, violence

Source: Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation by Alexei Yurchak.

Playlist

Own the hits and deep cuts you hear on Hard, Heavy & Hair! Click the iTunes/Apple Music or Amazon Digital Music icons to the left of each song.

Buy Gorky Park - Bang  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Gorky Park - Bang  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Gorky Park – Bang

Buy Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name

Buy Ratt - Way Cool Jr.  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Ratt - Way Cool Jr.  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Ratt – Way Cool Jr.

Buy Babylon A.D - Desperate  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Babylon A.D - Desperate  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Babylon A.D – Desperate

Buy Mötley Crüe - Rattlesnake Shake  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Mötley Crüe - Rattlesnake Shake  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Mötley Crüe – Rattlesnake Shake

Happy Hour: Banned in the U.S.S.R.

Buy Black Sabbath -  Sweet Leaf  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Black Sabbath -  Sweet Leaf  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf

Buy Judas Priest - Living After Midnight  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Judas Priest - Living After Midnight  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Judas Priest – Living After Midnight

Buy Nazareth - Hair of the Dog  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Nazareth - Hair of the Dog  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Nazareth – Hair of the Dog

Buy Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast

Buy Alice Cooper - Poison  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Alice Cooper - Poison  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Alice Cooper – Poison

Buy Van Halen - Panama  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Van Halen - Panama  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Van Halen – Panama

Buy UFO - Rock Bottom  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy UFO - Rock Bottom  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) UFO – Rock Bottom

Buy KISS - Deuce  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy KISS - Deuce  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) KISS – Deuce

Buy Scorpions - Dynamite  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Scorpions - Dynamite  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Scorpions – Dynamite

Buy Krokus - Screaming in the Night  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Krokus - Screaming in the Night  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Krokus – Screaming in the Night

Buy Styx - Renegade  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Styx - Renegade  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Styx – Renegade

Buy AC_DC -  Thunderstruck  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy AC_DC -  Thunderstruck  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) AC/DC – Thunderstruck

Buy Skid Row - Rattlesnake Shake  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Skid Row - Rattlesnake Shake  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Skid Row – Rattlesnake Shake

Buy Diemonds - Better Off Dead  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Diemonds - Better Off Dead  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Diemonds – Better Off Dead

Buy Love/Hate - Rock Queen  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Love/Hate - Rock Queen  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Love/Hate – Rock Queen

Buy Whitesnake - Is This Love  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Whitesnake - Is This Love  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Whitesnake – Is This Love

Cover Song of the Week

Buy Warrant - We Will Rock You  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Warrant - We Will Rock You  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Cover: Warrant – We Will Rock You

Buy Queen - We Will Rock You  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Queen - We Will Rock You  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Original: Queen – We Will Rock You

Buy Cinderella - Shake Me  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Cinderella - Shake Me  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Cinderella – Shake Me

Buy Def Leppard - Let's Get Rocked  on iTunes or Apple MusicBuy Def Leppard - Let's Get Rocked  on Amazon (and play it on any MP3 player) Def Leppard – Let’s Get Rocked

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