Sincron - Pe Linga Plopii Fara Sot
Released: Sometime between 1963-66
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I'd like to share with you a track from my most important musical compilation CD: Surfbeat Behind The Iron Curtain. (check out the album cover)
Early to mid 60s. It's the peak of the Cold War. In the Eastern Bloc, newspapers and radio are censored by the Party; no foreign vinyl records are allowed to be purchased. The only exposure to Western popular culture is through pirate radio stations.
Conditions were rough. Subversive bands playing Western music like this had to handmake most of their equipment, including the guitars. All recording studios and/or pressing plants were owned by the government. Performances were held in small, dingy clubs to avoid the harsh socialist watchdogs. Some bands were blacklisted and banned from performing.
And yet here come the kids from Sincron blasting out the catchiest beat-surf-wave-ridin' instrumental fare this side of Venice Beach; all from a subdued land-locked country (romania) utterly under the thumb of the USSR and concealed from the world by the iron curtain.
The kids kept it real, and I'm keeping it real for them with a well-deserved score of ...