Red Wave

Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the Soviet Union was a split double album released in 1986 and featuring Russian rock bands Aquarium, Kino, Alisa, and Strannye Igry (Strange Games), all from Leningrad. It was the first release of Russian rock music into the United States.[1]

Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the Soviet Union
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Compilation album by
GenreRussian rock
LabelBig Time Records
ProducerJoanna Stingray

Joanna Stingray, who developed a friendly relationship with some of the most prominent Soviet underground rock band members upon her first visit to the Soviet Union, and Boris Grebenshchikov, the Aquarium frontman, are credited with the idea of releasing such an album in the West. The material for this compilation was recorded on a non-commercial basis by the four Leningrad bands and smuggled by Joanna Stingray to the US. Production and release was done by the Los Angeles-based indie label Big Time Records on June 27, 1986.[2]

Three of the four bands (Aquarium, Kino and Alisa) on this album have later become icons of the Russian rock movement and are still widely known and followed in Russia.

Track listingEdit

Side 1 (Aquarium)Edit

From albums Taboo, The Children of December and Radio Africa.

  1. "Пепел" (Ashes) – 3:10
  2. "Сегодня ночью" (Tonight) – 4:36
  3. "Танцы на грани весны" (Dance on the edge of the spring) – 4:25
  4. "Жажда" (The Thirst) – 3:56
  5. "Сны о чём-то большем" (Dreams Of Something Bigger) – 4:20
  6. "Рок-н-ролл мёртв" (Rock'n'Roll is dead) only on a vinyl record in short version[3]

Side 2 (Kino)Edit

1."Видели ночь ([We have] Seen the Night)" (from Noch, 1986)3:04
2."Фильмы (Movies)" (from Noch, 1986)3:32
3."Город (City)" (from Eto Ne Lyubov..., 1985)3:46
4."Это — любовь (This is Love)" (also known as "Проснись" (Wake up) - from Eto Ne Lyubov..., 1985)2:51
5."Троллейбус (Trolleybus)" (from Nachalnik Kamchatki, 1984)2:24

Side 3 (Alisa)Edit

All songs from the album Energy.

  1. "Экспериментатор" (Experimentor) – 4:31
  2. "Мы вместе" (We're together) – 2:43
  3. "Доктор Буги" (Dr. Boogie) – 3:49
  4. "Плохой Рок-н-ролл" (Bad boy) – 3:21
  5. "Соковыжиматель" (Juice squeezer) – 3:14
  6. "Ко мне" (Come to me) – 5:01

Side 4 (Strange Games)Edit

  1. "Метаморфозы" (Metamorphoses) – 2:38
  2. "Хоровод" (Chorovod song) – 3:21
  3. "А телефона нет" (No telephone) – 2:51
  4. "Эгоцентризм" (Egocentrism) – 4:29
  5. "Если ты думаешь" (If You Think) – 3:54


  1. ^ Ivanova, Vera; Manykin, Mikhail (2007-02-12). "History of Rock Music in Russia". Russia-InfoCentre. Archived from the original on 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  2. ^ Chernov, Sergey (2004-12-17). "The return of Stingray". The St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  3. ^ "Red Wave (1986)". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-03-06.

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