List of bands banned on Soviet radio – and why (1980s)

In the communist era many of the western musical productions in communist countries were banned. Music bands  or singers who were successful in the West were not allowed to broadcast on radio stations in the communist countries because they were considered with certain content that was unacceptable to the ideology of the time. In one of the lists compiled with these banned songs are seen great names of Western music. Despite the fame, sales or stadiums filled with their fans, on radio stations in Soviet bloc countries, these musicians were banned, arguing the reasons for that. According to the Soviet Soviet regime because they propagated sex, some vandalism, violence, anti-communism, fascism, or shrinking in foreign politics as considered “Pink Floyd”, for example. From 30 years later, the reasons seem as absurd as surprising how Western music products were handled at that time. In Albania, “foreign performances” were a highly propagated concept, the music of the groups found on this list was almost unknown or the privilege of a minority who could hear it secretly.



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