Friday, March 14, 2014

The Red Army Gets Lucky

I expect if you googled Russian Red Army, you may find some horrible things. I know the treatment of new recruits can be brutal, to the point of death, but then that has happened here in Australia too. The Russian Red Army Choir performing popular numbers is clearly an effort to humanise the organisation and put kinder thoughts about the army in your mind. A form of propaganda? Of course I won't mention the U word that's been in our newspapers for weeks.

I couldn't make my mind up about which video to post, so you get both and you can choose.

I think visually this one is better and with better lighting, but I think they may have been performing for a Western audience and the sound doesn't seem quite right. How hot is the fair haired lead vocalist! I wouldn't mind getting lucky with him.



This one looks more original and the sound seems much better. But then the filming does not seem so classy and lead singer's hair is not as good as in the one above. Shallow, I know. You could watch both. I have a few times over the past couple of weeks while going about house hold duties.


20 comments:

  1. The music is not my cappuccino. Actually, the lead singer is not my cappuccino. Come to think of it, those peak caps are a bit of a desperate size, don't you think? At least the lead singer was able to impress without a desperate hat. No, I don't think you are at all shallow Andrew, I just suspect that sometimes your taste in music sucks.

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    1. No no FC. My musical tastes are most excellent. I insist that I am shallow.

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  2. Andrew, In my opinion is so funny they are not gifted at English definitely the sing much better at thier mother tongue . I have seen Russian Red Army in Spodek Katowice and it was a great performance

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    1. Gosia, I thought their English was quite good. You can still hear the accent. It must be good to see them live.

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  3. Nah. Not for me. Perhaps because I have difficulties with armies. Any army.

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    1. What about Salvation Army EC?

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    2. Sometimes them too. They do some good work - and have also been connected with abuse. But touche.

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    3. EC, pretty disappointing about the Sallies being involved in abuse. It is not the mental picture many of us of their good works.

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  4. Halfway through your second line I was already thinking Red Army Choir. El Chi and Fruity have obviously never seen them supporting, as a backing group, The Leningrad Cowboys. Hysterical. Fabulous. Moving.
    There is a Finland concert film by Ari Karismaki which I have watched every time it has been on freetoair TV.
    They do Sweet Home Alabama. laugh or cry, your choice.
    Now that I have had 4 years friendship of a very old lady who played as a child in the Estonian forests full of wolves I am well-read on Russian character and history.
    Ask me any Stalin question, I just read 2 books.
    Find a TooYube of those Cowboys ... "raising cattle on the Steppes. and won't you bring me another Wodka, cos I'm drinking to ferget". they have clown shoes and funny hair too.

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    1. Em Stacks, I did publish the Leningrad Cowboys performing with the choir once, three numbers in fact but the YT clips have been pulled.

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  5. He's a cutie alright and I bet he can dance to, did you notice his moves? The boy has rhythm.
    I watched both in full screen and the second one looks better, so I like it better.

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  6. Should mention it isn't what I'd normally listen to, but catchy enough to listen while putting a frozen pizza in the oven.

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    1. River, it is catchy. I don't think anyone could actively dislike it. I hope the pizza was good.

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  7. I hate armies in all countries. If there were no soldiers there would be no wars either, what I suggest is to put the presidents and politicians in a boxing ring, and that they fight for what they want themselves, instead of having people killed !

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    1. That's a nice idea Gattina.

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    2. The Winner Takes It All
      (apologies to Abba)

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  8. Laughing again and there's still 20 minutes to midnight :) I really enjoy that song who ever is singing it, it's just happy :) Hope that you're feeling a bit more cheerful Andrew.. all ok?

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    1. All good Grace. I hope the gardening has gone well.

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  9. I agree first one looks better second one sounds better. It's excellent - think I like it better than the original!

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    1. Yes, they are both more fun than the original.

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