Village People – banned for VIOLENCE in the USSR


If you thought there was no fun at all in the Soviet Union, this is not true. There were dancing parties and discos and bars (which would not sell alcohol (or at least to the people who were not “initiated”). Yet the music had to be verified by the komsomol committee of the city district (which sold the tickets) and had to be 90% Soviet. And here is when this infamous playlist of the Soviet times comes in.

This addendum details the groups that should not be broadcast and the reasons for them. The reasons vary from punk to eroticism, and it is not quite clear how the latter is different from sex.

The listed groups were out of bounds, even if their records were not on sale in the Soviet Union at all. So why make it? Elementary, so that the “affiliated” and “initiated” people would know which “ideologically harmful compositions” are most notable out there. This is the forbidden fruit chart of the Soviet era.

The komsomol commission knew how to attract the fans, too. You would listen to all available Julio Iglesias (Enrique Iglesias’s father) to find the now undetectable traces of neo-fascism in his sweet songs. The same commission advertised Village People as violent. Would you ever want to stop listening to YMCA after that?

P.S.: Questions for the curious 1. What is the most popular charge on this list: sex or violence? 2 . What are the English names of “Бан Хейлен” and “Данич Мод”?


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