Friday, November 18, 2016

The Bolshoi - Friends - 1986

Never heard of the Bolshoi until the internet arrived.  I don't know how I missed them.  They were a mysterious obscure band that was new to me, but harkened back to that 80s sound that I'm so in love with.  They sound like James, Simple Minds, Echo & the Bunnymen, sort of that Post Punk, borderline Jangle Pop sound from the mid 80s.

I have no personal attachment to the album, other than I really like it, wished there was more, and a fine addition to my Post Punk catalog.  The original version of A Way is great, but they redid it a year later, and it was horrible.  They took out the purity and rawness of the song and tried to accentuate the vocals, glossing the music, and turning it more into a commercial Pop song, but they failed.  It was a pathetic try.  BUT, the version here is great.

I loved the original cover, but thought I could make it a little more professional looking, give it a little more depth.  Maybe I failed, maybe not.  Up to you to decide, I guess....


  1. Oh, I LOVE this album. One of my favorites of the 80s -- and I liked their next one, "Lindy's Party," just as much. In a perfect world, this band would have been HUGE. It's a shame they never got more recognition.

  2. I'm with Angsty...'Lindy's Party' and 'Happy Boy' too.

  3. im from buenos aires argentina and here in the nid 80 bolshoi plays for 5000 peoples , strange but true.