Obscene music video from the USSR: Faina by Na-Na
Continuing on the subject of music videos from behind the Iron Curtain, we bring you this infamous product of post-Soviet madness that visualises the song called Faina by the boyband Na-Na.
These were tawdry years of the post-collapse Russia. Nevertheless some people knew where to get money, and one of them, musical producer Bari Alibasov, decided to invest into the first erotic music video.
Faina became an epitome (parody?) of all taboos of the Soviet media. The eyes of a film buff will notice the influences of Caligula, Emanuelle, Commando and maybe even a bit of Nazi exploitation. Faina is like a Kubrick’s film – you can re-watch it endlessly, wondering about the meanings of details and looking for subliminal messages.
Towards the end of the video there’s a shot to which a lot of Russian pop-culture lovers attribute a symbolic meaning of the collapse of the old values and the USSR itself:
Faina, as well as a lot of media output of the post-Soviet era, followed a path that swerved from looking for the new forms of artistic expression into pure exploitation of Soviet taboos. But, as Brashinsky (1992) in his ‘The Anthill in the Year of the Dragon’ has put it, this path was needed “because when someone has regained his voice he must verbalize that which has been building up inside him”.