Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev
was First Secretary of the Soviet Union from October 1964 until his death on November 10, 1982. He presided over what might rightly be described as difficult times for his country and for the entire Eastern Bloc, including the disastrous invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 - which inspired the song "Guns For The Afghan Rebels
" - and saw the rise of Solidarno - Solidarity - in one of its satellites.
Two days after Brezhndev's 75th
birthday, martial law was declared in Poland, which appears to have been the principal inspiration for this somewhat lyrically awkward cappella.