Costume rockers Kiss banned for nationalism. Van Halen banned for anti-Soviet propaganda. This was The Soviet Union in 1985.
If you remember high school history class (or are old enough to remember the Cold War’s last gasps in the 80s), you’re probably not surprised that the Communist Party put together a list of no-no acts and that they strongly suggested “using these findings to more strongly control what happens in discoteks.”
It’s no surprise either that the meat and potatoes (and vodka) of the list consists of the type of acts you hear on ROCK 92.9: the aforementioned Kiss and Van Halen, alongside Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Ramones.
Take a look at the full list below, have a chuckle at soft-rockers 10cc being banned for “neofascism,” then read more about it here, via SPIN.