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:

You think the video can’t get any more bizarre, and then there is this trolleybus falling down into a sea

You think the video can’t get any more bizarre, and then there is this trolleybus falling down into the sea

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”.

7 Comments

  1. Daria Kreitale

    Honestly speaking, a little disgusting to watch, especially taking into account, that being small i liked this song very much…

    • Obskura

      I totally understand what you mean here. The people from our generation had a contact with this song when they were kids. Therefore it must be pretty disturbing to see the music video, especially considering the fact that, in the terms of meaning, it has almost nothing to do with the song.

      • Olga

        The scenery in this video is the same as in 1992 Russian film “Detonator” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104092/). Actors Stanislav Sadalskiy and Yevgeni Batov appeared in both. Some scenes are taken directly from the film, e.g. trolleybus fall and cannibalism. I guess “Detonator” and “Faina” were being shot simultaneously in the same place. I recommend you to watch this movie – it is utterly weird as well!

        • Obskura

          Dear Olga, thanks a lot for the heads up, it’s amazing information. I will have to look into that.

          In turn I discovered from one of our YouTube subscribers that the song itself is pretty much a cover of Sezen Aksu – Şinanay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0WAT6B9ZI4

  2. Scott Wallace

    I was on the set when this was being filmed in Moscow in January, 1992.

  3. tokkion

    The video has been deleted, can someone pls repost? This is epic, and a true piece of art

    • Obskura

      The video has been “unbanned”, so you can enjoy it again! :)

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