Short-lived, but definitely memorable, The Bolshoi formed in Bath, UK in 1984. The original founding members were Trevor Tanner (vocals, guitar), Jan Kalicki (drums), and Nick Chown (bass). Their music was basically eclectic in nature, but definitely leaned toward Goth. The moody, pensive vocals and accompanying music were reminiscent of Bauhaus.
In 1985, the band relocated to London and added Paul Clark on keyboards. A couple of albums, and a switch to a more mainstream sound brought the band a broader touring schedule. But problems with the label found the band with a completed album that was never released. That signaled the end of The Bolshoi; gone from the 80’s music scene way too fast, but leaving some fabulous music behind.
If you listen to nothing else, be sure to check out “A Way.” It’s sure to tickle the Goth fancy of any serious 80s music fan.
Purchase The Bolshoi music here.
The Bolshoi official website.
“A Way” via YouTube user photosensitivity:
“A Way – extended mix” via YouTube user billpaxxton:
“Happy Boy” via YouTube user AngryJezebel:
“By the River” via YouTube user a1jungle:
“Sunday Morning” via YouTube user mtatini:
Lindy’s Party (1987)
Country Life (1988, unreleased)