Posts Tagged ‘new wave’

Grigoriy Sologub died.

February 27, 2009

sologub
The legendary St. Petersburg musician Grigoriy Grigoriyevich (Grikha) Sologub died in a local clinic on February 27, 2009 from heart failure. Born on July 19, 1961 in Leningrad, he was one of the pioneers of the new wave / punk movement in the city. He started out playing guitar, accordion and singing in ska / new wave band STRANNIYE IGRY (“Strange Games”) in which he joined his older brother Viktor in 1981 after a stint in hard rock band TEKH. POMOSHCH. They mostly used translations of French modernist poetry and chansons for lyrics (Brel, Brassens, Tzara, etc.) and combined them with inventive music that was devoid of cliches, innovative (for the Soviet scene of the era anyway) and alternately funny and sad, or bittersweet. They recorded two underground tape albums; “Metamorfozy” was issued on cassette in 1996 by Manchester Files, while their second, “Smotri V Oba” from 1986, was released on LP by Melodiya in 1988, one of the first Leningrad rock releases. Songs from both were also featured on “Red Wave” compilation 2LP. The band split up by 1986. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s STRANNIYE IGRY occasionally played reunion gigs – the most recent ones I can think of were in the Autumn of 2008. Local label Bomba-Piter works on a 3 CD set featuring STRANNIYE IGRY both studio albums and a live set from 1984. In early 1986 the Sologub brothers formed IGRY (“Games”). They were more guitar-orientated and heavier-sounding, more post-punk in approach. They toured internationally, recorded two albums in 1989 (one of which, “Krik V Zhizni,” was given a CD release in 1994 by Kontras) and mostly ceased activity in the 1990s. Both Viktor and Grigoriy Sologub played together in DOLPHINS which was one of the first hardcore bands in the city and existed between 1993 and 1995 (they released a self-titled tape on Kontras in 1996). Grigoriy also played in bands on his own. In 1992 he joined Alexandr “Alex Ogolteliy” Strogachov in ISRAIL who recorded an album which was issued on CD in 1998 – under the name NARODNOYE OPOLCHENIYE, because after a bit Strogachov gave the project the name of his most famous punk band. In 1994 Sologub joined MASHNINBAND, punk / alternative rock band with whom he recorded “Trezviye-Zliye” in 1995 (CD release in 2006 on Manchester Files) and then quit. He played in jazzcore band BONDZINSKIY for a short while – they had one song with ska bits and Sologub played it brilliantly, telling his bandmates that “no one plays ska in this city better than I do.” The alliance didn’t work out, and Sologub went to Canada to try and sober up through Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1997 he returned to musical activity becoming the new frontman of ska / pop band 2VA SAMALIOTA. That was probably one of the few projects that he was involved with which did release anything while he was actively involved (“Don Pedro, Gomez & Mamochka” CD on Zvezda Records). He was punk as fuck, a total nihilist, academically trained musician, and a true backbone of the local scene. It’s a pity that he lacked recognition in his lifetime. He always played in some of the best and most intense local outfits, and his music has been important for me throughout my life.

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DJ SZARAPOW – “Living Through The Eighties”.

December 27, 2007

Mixtape recorded at Stirka bar, St. Petersburg, May 18, 2007.

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chernavsky & matetsky – zdravstvui malchik bananan *the jam – precious * the fall – telephone thing * stevie wonder – superstition * serge gainsbourg & charlotte gainsbourg – lemon incest *meeting on elbe – light my fire * david bowie – look back in anger * the b-52’s – give me back my man * center – privet * killing joke – eighties * petlya nesterova – vyzhit * cabaret voltaire – why kill time (when you can kill yourself) * kino – muraveinik * ninetynine – the process * midnight oil – beds are burning * linton kwesi johnson – di black petty bushwah * stranniye igry – smotri v oba * trojans – arna-fari * the clash – the guns of brixton * public image ltd. – public image * siouxsie & the banshees – happy house * no hope for the kids – rainy day * black sabbath – paranoid * motorhead – ace of spades * judas priest – breaking the law

This is what you get when you mess with us.

KINO – Blood Type

December 26, 2007

Kino cca. 1989

OK, this next track is the English-language version of “Gruppa Krovi” by Leningrad’s most popular 1980s rock band KINO. The Russian original is from 1988, off the LP of the same name. In January 1989 the band went to France to record a best-of type compilation for the French market (it’s called “Le Dernier Des L’Héros,” and it flopped). It was during those sessions at Studio du Val d’Orge that they’ve done “Blood Type” in English. I would guess the translation comes from Joanna Stingray, American wife of the guitar player Yuri Kasparian. He’s first left on the photo above – click to enlarge . The other members are, left to right, singer Viktor Tsoi (he died in August 1990 in a car crash in Latvia), drummer Georgy “Gustav” Guryanov and bassist Igor Tikhomirov. The track sat unreleased until 2002 when Moroz Records did a CD called “Posledniye Zapisi” (“Last Recordings”) that also featured rough versions of songs from 1989 and 1990, as well as some solo acoustic stuff by Tsoi.

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