10th August 2007

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Blog :: Leningrad Cowboys

I can't even really describe how surreal the Leningrad Cowboys are. Any band self described as influenced primarily by "polka and progressive rock" (I grin just typing that) has got to be weird. Add in the fact that this Finnish rock band specializes in covers of American Classic Rock while playing accordions, really big Balalaikas, and guitars shaped like tractors ... Did I mention they're frequently accompanied by the Soviet Red Army Choir - a 160 member male ensemble of brass and vocalists, all clad in Soviet Uniforms? Oh and dancers, traditional Russian dancers... You really owe it to yourself to check out this (ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin" plus Dasvidanya & a smidgen of the Hallelujah Chorus). Or maybe this - Sweet Home Alabama with a Russian accent!

Somehow this all makes me think of Neal Stephenson...

Posted on August 10th 2007, 11:29 PM