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Album Review

Despite being quite similar to most of the hair metal releases of the late '80s, Gorky Park's debut album is a solid freshman outing. The lead track "Bang" with its mix of Russian and English lyrics gave the band its first hit. The album also contains a collaboration with Bon Jovi, "Peace I Our Time," a ballad about the end of the cold war. The strangest tune is a cover of the Who's "My Generation" that when sung in the hair metal style appears to be a bit of a hack cover, until the band breaks into a Russian chorus giving the song a decent yet somewhat weird update. Despite the presence of some run-of-the-mill hair metal filler, this album holds up rather well. But with changing musical tastes in the early '90s this was to be band's only popular U.S. release.

Biography

Formed: Russia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

While Gorky Park's fame in the United States was short-lived, they are an important band historically because their success is deeply rooted in the events that took place during the final years of the Cold War. In 1980 the conservative Chrnenko came to power in the U.S.S.R. Tensions between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. intensified when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. In 1981 Reagan took office and began a massive military buildup. In an attempt to thwart...
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