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Bad Balance Magazine

Bad Balance: A magazine of interest.

On the Subject of the Deep and Emotional
By Vladimir Zimakov

KNHO vocalist

Originally, I was going to write an article about how I hate video games and how they are the biggest waste of time a person could possibly involve oneself in. How instead of buying a Playstation you might as well just buy yourself a gun and instead of popping a game in just pull the trigger, 'cause when you really think about it, it's pretty much the same thing. However, instead of pissin' all the Nintendo 64 lovers off, I have decided to dedicate this installment of "On the Subject of Deep." to describing the scene of the Russian rock 'n roll.

It seems that the people have the biggest misconception of the Russian rock. First of all I would like to state that Gorky Park is the biggest loser band on the face of this damn planet. Unfortunately, lots of people associate the music of the Russian population with that sorry ass wannabe act. Gorky Park is a commercially fabricated band that was designed for importing to the bourgeois populated parts of this continent and nothing more.

It's all about the hard-core bands that were not bought by the government, those bands that in the 70's and 80's sang about what they wanted, that built the foundation of the Russian underground music scene. And I am talking about the bands that got the electricity turned off by the MAN right in the middle of their set. Yeah, that's right the bands like KINO, ZOOPARK, ALISA, AYCTION, DDT, ZVUKI MOO and others that you don't hear about because they were so damn underground. The bands that risked their existence by singing about what they wanted and stood for, giving concerts in apartments and basements of St. Petersburg and Moscow. The bands that got jack in terms of money, and because of the lack of it played without the proper equipment and poor recording equipment, just to be heard. So while their colleagues overseas were busy going to the stores buying themselves Gibson Les Pauls and recording demos, the underground struggled for its existence.

So next time you want to question the institution come and talk to me.