Conflict & Justice

The Music of Pussy Riot

Well, we know the role Pussy Riot played in the Russian Orthodox church. They performed an anti-Putin song in Moscow's best-loved church, Christ the Savior Cathedral and got arrested. Two still remain in jail.

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But you know, in all this talk of Pussy Riot, we have never heard a good chunk of one of their songs.

The band's first big notice, a tune whose title translates as "Loosen up the Paving Stones". Its context: the female punk collective wrote and recorded this just after the Arab Spring.

They sing "Egyptian air is good for the lungs". Then Pussy Riot calls for a "Tahrir Square on Red Square."

It's not a great tune. After all, if you like this, the internet says, you may like bands called Stereowoolf and Aunty Panty.