Moscow calling? Nyet! JD at Earvolution points to a Scotsman article listing some Western rock music that was banned in Russia in the not-too-distant past. It seems Russian officials didn't want the citizenry influenced by the likes of the Sex Pistols, Madness, AC/DC, the Village People, Donna Summer or Julio Iglesias, all of whose music pose obvious threats to totalitarian political regimes.
But that's not all. Even prole, leftist rock bands got blacklisted. The Scotsman reports:
Despite their left-wing street-cred in the West, the Clash were banned for "punk and violence", as were, among others, the B-52s, the Stranglers and Blondie.
Heavy metal acts such as Black Sabbath, Nazareth, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were blacklisted for supposed offences including religious obscurantism, violence, racism and anti-communism.
Talking Heads joined the list for "myth of the Soviet military threat" and Pink Floyd were blacklisted for "distortion of Soviet foreign policy".