An interesting list from back in the day has recently surfaced, showcasing artists banned in the Soviet Union for different reasons.
The Soviet government had a reputation of being extremely strict in those days, but the reasons why the musicians got banned from the radio is what will surprise you the most.
So as Consequence of Sound
earned their ban for supposedly spreading neofascism, and so did Julio Iglesias
. Furthermore, KISS
were dubbed as nationalistic, whereas Pink Floyd
were "interfering with foreign policy of USSR in Afghanistan."
Additionally, Judas Priest
got labeled for anticommunism, Van Halen
were written off for anti-Soviet propaganda, Ramones
and Sex Pistols
which was apparently a crime of its own and Village People
, the dressed-up guys performing "YMCA
" and "Macho Man
," got banned for promoting violence.
The rest of the list includes Black Sabbath
, Iron Maiden
, Talking Heads
and more. Make sure to check it out below.