Back in the USSR, western pop and rock music was considered to be nothing more than tools of capitalist stooges. Good Soviets did not listen to this trash; those who did might enjoy a nighttime visit from the KGB.
As a substitute, the government commissioned something called Vocal-Instrumental Ensembles. Even the name sounds like that came out of a factory somewhere east of Minsk. Their output was closely monitored for anything that might be considered anti-Soviet, anti-party or in any way subversive.
Boing Boing has unearthed this link to some of these groups. And be forewarned: they’re truly awful. Read the whole story here.