Editor’s Note: Here, Queen Mob’s Vladimir Savich further explores Russian rock groups and relays his preference in typical Vladimir-Savich-fashion…
#6: Machina Vremeni
Number six goes to the Soviet group Machina Vremeni, which translates as “Time Machine.” Science with Time Machine isn’t just about making awesome machines that travel through time. Machina Vremeni is a direct comment on Soviet rock music. This group came together in Moscow in the 1970s. Many post-Soviet Union citizens would agree with me that Machina Vremeni is the Soviet answer to the Beatles. Time Machine and The Beatles have a whole lot in common, beginning with their popularity. I have to admit, however, there’s also a huge difference. The Beatles were popular around the world; Time Machine only in the USSR. The Beatles were lower middle-class guys; the members of Time Machine were children of the Soviet elite. But Time Machine, like The Beatles, was made up of ordinary musicians who happened to be very good composers. True, The Beatles came into world culture forever, while Time Machine came into the Soviet culture only for a while.
Time Machine’s biggest hit, “Solnechny Ostrov,” or “Sun Island,” can be listened to here:
This song of theirs reminds me of Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You”:
This one is also good:
My first serious hobby was fish tanks, maybe because I was born under the sign of Pisces. When I was 15, I exchanged the aquarium of fish for a musical aquarium. If Moscow-based Machina Vremeni was the Soviet Beatles, the Leningrad group Aquarium was the Soviet Rolling Stones. For many years there has been a dispute as to which is the true capital of Russia – Moscow or St. Petersburg. The same debate rages these two rock groups. Honestly, I was never crazy about either of them. But since I prefer St. Petersburg to Moscow, I guess I have to pick Aquarium. Sure, I compare Aquarium the The Rolling Stones, but I have to admit the music is quite different. It happens to be that I regret having changed my fish tank hobby for rock music. Fish last forever while rock music falls out of fashion. Excuse me for these barbs, no doubt inspired by my angelfish, gouramis and swordfish.
When I first heard rock musician Viktor Tsoi and his band Kino (Music Cinema), I understood Soviet rock music at last. There are the Beatles and The Rolling Stones but there are also The Doors.
By his looks, Viktor Tsoi is no Jim Morrison. Kino’s music has little in commonn with The Doors, more with the British bands The Cure and Joy Division, but one thing’s for sure: Kino was iconic. It was a Soviet post-punk band. Kino’s song “Star Called Sun” is, I believe, one of the best rock songs ever, not only in the USSR but in the whole world.
#9: Nautilus Pompilius
There are two meanings of Nautilus Pompilius. One of which is about the symbolism I think several readers know. The chambered nautilus, Nautilus Pompilius (also called pearly nautilus), is the best-known species of nautilus.
Another meaning of the unit has to do with the Soviet rock group, Nautilus Pompilius.
This music band is a rare representative of the Soviet province as a whole, since the majority of Soviet rock bands are from Moscow or St. Petersburg. Musicians, these groups are children party – administrative elite of the USSR. I don’t liked this group, though I do prefer the provincial music – it was more aggressive and angrier than tidy metropolitan rock. One of the best rock ballads of the USSR belongs to NP though – “I wanna be with you.”
It is certainly a good song. NP was certainly a great group. However, I prefer shellfish cooked in a Chinese restaurant.
DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is a colorless, crystalline, tasteless and almost odorless organochloride known for its insecticidal properties.
It is also a Soviet rock band from Ufa – the capital city of the Republic of Bashkortostan.
DDT is another example of good provincial music of the USSR. Yuri Shevchuk is the composer of the entire group. I want to tell you something I like about Yuri Shevchuk.
He can tell Putin everything.
He can tell him about Ukraine, Syria, the economic crisis, and about the hard life of Russian ordinary people.
I think only Shevchuk can tell Putin – You are not the President, you are “Huylo.”
I forgot to tell you more about music of group DDT.
I assure you honest man like Yuri Shevchuk can’t write bad music.