By 1989, as Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost policies were taking effect and the Iron Curtain was starting to crumble, Zvuki Mu began to make a name for themselves in the West, to the point that Brian Eno signed the group to his own Opal label and produced their first album, 1989's Zvuki Mu. For this first album, the lineup was Pyotr Mamonov on vocals, Lyosha Bortnichuk on guitar, Pasha Hotin on keyboards, Sasha Lipnitsky on bass, and Lyova Pavlov on drums; nearly every Zvuki Mu album has a different lineup than the one before, with Mamonov the only constant.
The group's unique blend of jazz, rock, Zappa-like weirdness, and subtle political content was quite popular among the more adventurous fringes of the Western pop scene, but a greater breakthrough never came. After the USSR's collapse, Russian rock & roll lost most of its exotic qualities and Western attention wandered elsewhere. Another Opal album, Zima (Winter), followed in 1991, but all Zvuki Mu albums after that were released only in Eastern Europe, where the band maintain a rather large fan base. Some of these albums include 2001's Chocolate Pushkin, 2002's Electro T, and over a dozen others, many of which double as soundtracks to Pyotr Mamonov's theatre pieces. ~ Curtis Zimmermann, All Music Guide