Gorky Park (band)

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.

Gorky Park / Парк Горького
Gorky park 2006
Gorky Park in 2006
Background information
OriginMoscow, Russia
GenresHard rock, glam metal
Years active1987–2001, 2005–present
LabelsMercury Records
Associated actsAria, Tsvety
MembersAleksandr Marshal
Alexey Belov
Yan Yanenkov
Alexander Lvov
Past membersNikolai Noskov[1]
Nikolai Kuzminykh †

History

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.[2]

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.[2]

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, Nikolay Noskov joined the for the first time in 9 years to sing Bang also 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.[3] 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 since 1999 to sing "Bang".[3]

Members

Current line-up
  • Alexander "Big Sasha" Minkov-Marshal (born June 7, 1957 in Korenovskaya) – lead vocals (1990-1999, 2008, 2009, 2012–present), bass guitar (1987–1999, 2012–present), backing vocals (1987-1990)
  • Alexey Belov (born January 24, 1958 in Moscow) – lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing and lead vocals (1987–2001, 2005–present)
  • Yan Yanenkov (born June 16, 1960 in Stupino)– lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1987–1999, 2001, 2005–present)
  • Alexander "Little Sasha" Lvov (born November 10, 1957 in Moscow) – drums, percussion, backing vocals (studio) (1987–1999, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012–present)
Past members
  • Nikolai Noskov (born January 12, 1956 in Gzhatsk) – lead vocals (1987–1990, 1999, 2012)
  • Nikolai Kuzminykh – keyboards, backing vocals (1996–2001, died 2011)
  • Andru Jonesovich - Triangle, backing vocals (1985)
  • Nikolai Jonesovich - Tambourine, sideways vocals (1985)
  • Christoff Lathropski - Lead Insult Generator (1985-Current)

Discography

Studio albums

Year Title Label US Release
1989 Gorky Park Mercury Records 80[4] Europe
USA
Russia
1992 Moscow Calling BMG International, N.V. -
1996 Stare Nox Music -
1998 Protivofazza Nox - Russia

"-" – Album did not chart or was not released in country

Singles

Year Title Chart Peaked Album
US
1989 "Bang" - Gorky Park
"Try to Find Me" 81[5]
"Peace in Our Time" -
1992 "Moscow Calling" - Moscow Calling
1996 "Stare" - Stare
1992 "Moscow Calling" - Moscow Calling
2001 "Сделано в России" (Made in Russia) - -

References

  1. ^ Биография
  2. ^ a b Биография на официальном сайте Archived 2009-11-12 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Интервью Алексея Белова Archived 2009-08-25 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Charted albums in Billboard 200". Allmusic.com. 2006. Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "Singles Charted in Billboard Hot 100". Allmusic.com. 2006. Retrieved May 18, 2010.

External links

Aleksandr Marshal

Aleksandr Vitalyevich Minkov (Russian: Александр Витальевич Миньков; born 7 June 1957 in Korenovsk, USSR), better known by stage name Alexander Marshal(Russian: Александр Маршал), is a Russian singer, songwriter, and musician; Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2007).He is known for his solo career, and as well as member of several bands: Araks, Tsvety, Zdravstvuy, pesnya, Gorky Park. Was awarded with Golden Gramophone Award in 2001 and 2003, and is laureate of Russian musical awards like Chanson of the Year and Pesnya goda.His stage name, "Marshal", is in fact his nickname since school years, because, being very tall, he always stood first in ranks during roll call, both in sports and in military school.

Bang (Gorky Park song)

"Bang" is a song by the Soviet rock band Gorky Park, released in 1989 as the lead single from the band's self-titled debut album.The music video for "Bang" received heavy rotation on the American MTV, where it stayed two months in MTV's Top 15, peaking at number 3. The song reached number 41 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, but didn't enter the Hot 100. In Europe, the single was probably most successful in Norway, where it spent 6 weeks in the VG-lista Topp 10, four of them at number 5.

Gorky Park (album)

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.

Moscow Calling

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".

Nikolai Noskov

Nikolai Ivanovich Noskov (Russian: Николай Иванович Носков) is a Russian singer and former vocalist of the hard rock band Gorky Park (between 1987–1990). Five-time winner of the Golden Gramophone. He was also a member of Москва (Moscow) ensemble in the early 1980s, in band Гран-при (Grand Prix) in 1988 just before joining Gorky Park, and much later in the 1990s in band Николай (Nikolai). Starting 1998 Noskov had a solo career releasing six solo albums. In 2015 he was jury in second season of reality TV series Glavnaya Stsena

Protivofazza

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.

Stare (album)

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

Try to Find Me

"Try To Find Me" is a song by the Soviet rock band Gorky Park, released in 1990 as a single from the band's self-titled debut album. The song reached number 81 in the Billboard Hot 100, spending two weeks in the chart. This made the band the first Russian act ever to enter the Hot 100.

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