June 6, 2014


Check Out This Fantastic List of Artists the Soviet Union Banned in the '80s

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In 1985, the communist party of the Soviet Union distributed a list to radio stations of artists that were forbidden to be played. Thanks to the wonders and curiosity of Twitter, that list has now been unearthed and it's rather enlightening. As you'd expect, "punk," "violence" and "eroticism" are the top reasons musicians were seen as offensive.

Making the list are some acts you'd probably expect to be on: Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and KISS. But there's a whole lot of curious cases like Tina Turner, the Village People, Julio Iglesias (for Neofacism!), Donna Summer and Van Halen (for anti-Soviet propaganda). 

Check out the full list below and think about how far we've come.