:zoviet-france:* ‎– Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music

Singing Ringing ‎– none, Red Rhino Records ‎– REDC 58
2 × Cassette, Limited Edition, C90 & C80


A1 Tier Of Veils
A2 Ram
Stains And Filth In The Convent AOUEI
A3 Duir
A4 Zone
A5 Straif (La Mère Du Bois) Z Estrif
A6 White Track (Fire Frost)
A7 Veil
A8 Pesach
A9 Decoy
A10 Yezidi
B1 добрый день
Yezidi Circle Trap
B2 Signal
B3 Sidi
B4 Birch Brake
B5 Sein
B6 Spin (Helissein)
B7 Tan-Tal
B8 Ma-Ja
B9 Whip
B10 Veil
B11 Fearn
C1 Burning Bush
Beak And Snout
C2 Sidhe (Riuben)
C3 Marsh
C4 Swine
C5 Marsh
C6 Signal (Circe)
C7 Migration
C8 Burning Bush
C9 Sheol
D1 Veil (Sloe Semen)
D2 Signal
D3 Chirm Ela
D4 Chirm Geis
D5 Charm Aliso
D6 Shewel
D7 Yezidi (Say)



Feathers collected from the shores of the Irish Sea, the most radioactive area of seawater on Earth.

2 x cassettes come packaged inside a ceramic pot, with a stick, feathers, a flag, etc. There is also an instruction sheet, telling you what to do with these elements. Some instructions were serious, and others were silly.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STCD 024 :zoviet*france:* Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music(3xCD, Album, RE) Staalplaat STCD 024 Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
STCD 024 :zoviet*france:* Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music(3xCD, Album, RE) Staalplaat STCD 024 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
STCD 024 :zoviet*france:* Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music(3xCD, Album) Staalplaat STCD 024 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
ST CD 024 :zoviet*france:* Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music(3xCD, RE) Staalplaat ST CD 024 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version


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September 18, 2017
Of all the odd school packaging of cassettes that appeared in the magic era that was the 80s, this double cassette by Zoviet France is one of my favourites. Not only do the cassettes contain some amazing music, the packaging is way beyond belief. And, in those days of DIY-yore, the sky for packaging was the limit - as long as you and your friends had enough free time (read: if you were unemployed) to create and assemble the often stunning product packaging concepts. And Zoviet France was a big player in that field. In 1980 Ben Ponton and Mark Warren had joined forces to create unconventional music as well as unconventional product packaging using material such as aluminium foil, hessian fabric, tar and other intriguing substances to pack up their releases. None however, turned out more spectacular or labour-intense than their 1985 double cassette Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music. Rumour has it that only 200 copies were assembled, which makes sense – just imagine the amount of work involved in packing a hand-painted stick, a piece of rope, a parody on the American flag (featuring hammer and sickle instead of stars and stripes) silk screened on muslin, several hand-printed paper art inserts plus a radio-active feather collected from the beach at Seascale – near the Sellafield nuclear reactor – into a specially sculpted ceramic box and sealing the whole thing off with wax. Even multi-lingual user instructions were included, urging buyers to ‘discard burned cassettes and retain box’. The cassettes themselves feature over two and a half hours of non-compromising music. Less user- and listener-friendly than many of Zoviet France’s ambient releases, Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music is an alienated grittier, and admittedly at times patchy affair. Zoviet France clearly refused to make any compromises, with as much exuberance in the music as in the packaging. Popular Songs and Soviet Music is a confrontational but fascinating statement – this is us and this is what we feel to be important to us it almost screams. And I agree; of all the Zoviet France releases that I used to have, this one is the only one left in my collection. Popular Soviet Songs and Youth Music is an important artistic statement that somehow has transcended time and place. As such, it almost seems inevitable that copies with all content complete and correct are near-impossible to locate.


January 3, 2014
Never had a good experiance with zoviet france expectation wise.I had a bad feeling about this release,and the price..as I've read...I was right to avoid it. How do acts like this thrive?


October 17, 2012
I used to have an official A4 press release/announcement/flyer that was issued by Red Rhino before "Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music" was released. The flyer stated that the album was to be released in an edition of 200 copies. I've never seen any mention of just how limited this release was anywhere else except this flyer.

Sadly, I don't have the flyer any more, otherwise I'd scan and upload it. Maybe someone else still has a copy?