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Whatever Happened to GORKY PARK?

August 7, 2017

Gorky Park (international title) or Парк Горького (Russian title) is a Russian hard rock band, that gained mainstream popularity in the United States during Perestroika. Gorky Park is famous for its kitsch use of western stereotypes of Russians, such as pseudo-traditional clothing, balalaika-like guitar design and the hammer and sickle as their logo. It was the first Russian band to be aired on MTV.

In 1987 guitarist Alexey Belov, vocalist Nikolay Noskov, bassist Alexander "Big Sasha" Minkov, guitarist Yan Yanenkov, and drummer Alexander Lvov (formerly from Aria) came together to form Gorky Park. Stas Namin, a famous 70's soviet musician, became the band's manager. Because Gorbachev lifted the censorship, many underground rock bands, including Gorky Park, became able to receive more widespread popularity. Later that year the band left Russia for the United States in search of a record deal.

In the U.S. the band soon made some connections in the record business. One of the first people to take notice was famous guitarist Frank Zappa. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora also helped them to secure a deal with Mercury Records.

The band released a self-titled debut album in 1989, featuring initials 'GP' stylized as a Hammer & Sickle on the cover. With the fall of the Iron Curtain and a growing interest in Soviets to western countries, Gorky Park soon became widely known. The band seemed to be a kind of symbol of American-Russian friendship. The band's first video, "Bang", received MTV rotation. Their next two singles, "Try to Find Me" and a collaboration with Bon Jovi, "Peace in Our Time", received rotation on mainstream radio stations.

Gorky Park participated on that year's Moscow Music Peace Festival alongside Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Cinderella, Ozzy Osbourne and Scorpions. Gorky Park joined the other acts from the Moscow Music Peace Festival in the compilation album Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell. This album included each of the bands performing one song from an artist who died from, or a band who lost a member to, drug problems. Gorky Park's contribution was a cover of The Who's My Generation.

The band continued into 1990 touring with Bon Jovi and performing at the Goodwill Games opening ceremony. Gorky Park live shows often featured the band dressed in traditional Russian style, waving Soviet and American flags. In 1991 the band received Scandinavian Grammy award as the best new international act.

As Perestroika era came to its end, the group's fame in America subsided rather quickly. Nikolai Noskov left the band in 1990 but Gorky Park remained active and kept releasing albums in the '90s with Minkov taking over as lead vocalist. 1993's Moscow Calling, produced by Fee Waybill, sold 500,000 copies outside the US. Their next album, Stare, came out in 1996, released only in Russia, followed up by promotional tour of the former USSR states. In 1998, the band released Protivofazza. In 1999, Alexander Minkov left the band and started his solo career under the stage name Alexander Marshall. Gorky Park was never officially claimed to disband, but actually inactive since 2001. Belov and Yanenkov continue to perform Gorky Park songs in their band "Park Belova" (Belov Park).

Since then, Gorky Park made several brief re-unions in festivals. In 2008, Gorky Park received Muz-TV award for contribution to Rock music and performed "Moscow Calling" with Alexander Minkov. On November 18, 2012 the band gave special show in Crocus City Hall in Moscow, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Nikolay Noskov joined the band on stage for the first time in more than 20 years, singing "Bang".

Current line-up
Alexander "Big Sasha" Minkov-Marshal – lead vocals (1990-1999, 2008, 2009, 2012–present), bass guitar (1987–1999, 2012–present)
Alexey Belov – guitar, vocals, keyboards (1987–2001, 2005–present)
Yan Yanenkov – guitar, backing vocals (1987–1999, 2001, 2005–present)
Alexander "Little Sasha" Lvov – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1987–1999, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012–present)

Past members
Nikolai Noskov – lead vocals (1987–1990, 2012)
Nikolai Kuzminykh – keyboards (1996–2001)
Yanni Mpoutsis - lead vocals

 

Gorky Park - Gorky Park (1989)
 Label: Mercury

Track List:
1. Bang
2. Try To Find Me
3. Hit Me With The News
4. Sometimes At Night
5. Peace In Our Time
6. My Generation
7. Within Your Eyes
8. Child Of The Wind
9. Fortress
10. Danger
11. Action

 

Gorky Park is the debut album by Russian hard rock band Gorky Park, released in 1989 by Mercury Records, after Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi expressed interest in the band (and co-produced the album) and got them signed to Mercury, Bon Jovi's label. It features the band's first hit single, "Bang", that has a mix of Russian and English lyrics and was put into rotation on MTV.

 BANG

 

 

Gorky Park - Moscow Calling (1993)
Label: BMG International, N.V.

 

Track List:
1. Moscow Calling
2. All Roads
3. Politics Of Love
4. Tomorrow
5. Stranger
6. Volga Boatman
7. Strike
8. Welcome To The Gorky Park
9. Two Candles
10. I'm Going Down
11. City Of Pain
12. Don't Pull The Trigger
13. Tell Me Why
 

Moscow Сalling (titled Gorky Park 2 in many countries, including Russia) is the second album by Russian rock band Gorky Park. It was released between 1992 and 1993. Four music videos was made for the album: "Moscow Calling»", "Stranger", "I’m Going Down" and "Tell Me Why".

STRANGER 

 

 

Gorky Park - Stare (1996) 

Label: Nox Music

 

Track List:


1. Stare
2. California Promises
3. Five Wheel Drive
4. Ego
5. Stop The World…
6. Taiga
7. Don't Make Me Stay
8. Live For…
9. Scared
10. Animal Shelter
11. Ocean

 

Stare is the third album by Russian rock band Gorky Park, released in 1996, originally under Nox Music in Russia.

Before recording the album, the band began touring followed by Russia in 1994. The following year, they focus at their new studio in Los Angeles with new songs composed, many of them written by the duo of Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider from Eleven band.

Shortly before the recording began, the band incorporates a keyboardist, Nikolai Kuzminih, due to the evolution to a more progressive rock style. At the same time, they invited sessions English guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Ron Powel. Back in Russia, the mixed was made with Erwin Musper at the GDRZ Studio-5 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

The third album was released on May 20, 1996, followed by a great tour by Russia, featuring an image and sound more mature and contemporary. However, the album was a resounding commercial failure outside their native country, in a world dominated by other musical genres.

Four music videos was made for the album: "Stare", "Stop the World I Want to Get Off", "Ocean" and "Scared", which was directed by Sergei Bazhenov.

 

 

 

Gorky Park - Protivofazza (1998)

Label: Nox Music

 

Track List:

1. Jenny Loses Me
2. Liar
3. Reaching
4. For All We Can Say
5. Little Asian Girl
6. Wannabee
7. Burn Away
8. Uforia
9. Liquid Dream
10. Back Down To The Ground
11. My Friend
12. Moving To Be Still

 

Protivofazza (in English Antiphase) is the fourth and final album by Russian rock band Gorky Park, released in 1998, originally under Nox Music in Russia.

Protivofazza was released two years after its predecessor Stare. Most songs from both albums were recorded in the same sessions in Los Angeles in 1994, because originally the band thought to release a double album (twenty-one songs were recorded and mixed that year), project that was finally discarded. In 1996, they quickly recorded only two new songs composed by Alexei Belov, to complete the fourth album. For this work, the group had softened its sound considerably, with extensive use of keyboards instead of electric guitar in most songs.

For its concept and name “Protivofazza”, the band said: "There is a term in electronics, when one phase over the other flips and sound is not what it should be. When a person is swimming against the tide, the same thing happens. Roughly speaking, the antiphase - a contradiction to everything. " According to them, the name would be close to each of their album they always swim against the current Protivofazza was released only in Russia.

Two music videos was made for the album: "Jenny Loses Me" and "Liar".

 

LIAR 

 

 Gorky Park - The Best (1998)

Track List:
1. Stare
2. I`m Going Down
3. My Generation
4. Don`t Make Me Stay
5. Stranger
6. Nitti Gritti (unreleased)
7. Bang (Live)
8. Welcome to the Gorky Park (Live)
9. California Promises
10. Stop the World I Want to Get off
11. Politics of Love
12. Two Candles
13. Do What You Want (unreleased)
14. Moscow Calling
15. Tell My Why

 

 Gorky Park - Grand Collection (2002)

Track List:
1. Moscow calling
2. Stranger
3. Stare
4. Two candles
5. Politics of love
6. Ocean
7. Welcome to the Gorky park
8. California promise
9. Tell me why
10. All roads
11. Wannabee
12. Live for
13. I'm going down
14. Little asian girl
15. Scared
16. Don't pull the trigger

 

 

 


 

 ORKY PARK - MOSCOW MUSIC PEACE FESTIVAL 1989

 

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