Russian rock music has never been popular around the world, but in the 80’s a band called Kino delivered musical liberation to the Soviet Union similar to the impact that the Sex Pistols and The Clash had in the UK.
Moscow club/restaurant/bar Solaynka (debauched mecca for creative types) decided to replace the standard holiday season fare with a dress-up party devoted to the music heroes of the 80’s. Doing my duty as your Russian Standard Editor at Large I spoke to Solaynka’s art-director Igor Kompaniets, who told me why he chose to look back:
RSV: What should everyone outside Russia know about Solyanka?
Igor: At least, that it is the only independent club in this country of bears and criminal authorities and brought artists like Pilooski, A Mountain of One, Lindstrom, Glass Candy, Bonde do Role, Padded Cell, Diplo, 120 Days, Fujiya&Miyagi, In Flagranti, David Gilmour Girls, Circlesquare, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Digitalism, Optimo DJ’s etc.
RSV: Why did you decide to make a party devoted to Russian rock music? Which moments did you want to recall?
Igor: Our creative department is obsessed with this kind of music, so we just looked for some old-fashioned clothes and dressed all staff who works in the club in them. All guests were asked to do the same and we had make-up artists working inside. One of the rooms was turned into trashy Soviet-styled kitchen with standing tables and cheap port, the second was like a miserable Soviet bar-room with carpets on the walls. Third room was Center of Culture entartainment venue where in 80’s mothers brough their children to listen to romances and live performances.
RSV: What are distinguishing features of 80’s Russian rock music?
Igor: Absolute anti-social mood in lyrics, anarchy, provocations, rebel and drinking till death.
RSV: What were the great bands of that period?
Igor: Rock and punk bands like Kino, Aquarium, Grajdanskaya Oborona, Brigadny Podryad, Komitet Okhrany Tepla, Zvuki Mu were probably the best ones.
RSV: What was typical for fashion in 80-s in Russia?
Igor: Bold smoky eyes, biker jackets, stand-up collar coats, puffed boots and jackets, wearing just one earring, preferably a cross, long messy hair on one side and black tees with titles in English.