Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Still. Can't. Stop. Watching.
Curse you, Adeodatus49

Seriously... I can't stop watching. The Leningrad Cowboys are audio crack, and Adeodatus49 is the pusher. Curse you, Alpha Quad Niner!

Rocky & Bullwinkle meet Film Noir... on acid

The Road Runner meets Jewish Rap... on acid.

American Graffiti meets really weird Eastern European dudes... on acid.

An Adeodatus49 Personal Fav


Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Hey Cavey! Why don't you just call me a bastard and be done with it? LOL After all, I am the namesake of St. Augustine's illegitimate son (not to mention also being the namesake of two saintly Popes, Adeodatus I and Adeodatus II). *evil grin*

2:38 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

"Those Were The Days" seems very much like a post-Soviet song, mourning the lost, idealized goals of socialism. "Oh my friend we're older but no wiser, for in our hearts the dreams are still the same...." (2:52)

You absolutely HAVE to admire the Red Army Chorus soloist's ability, demonstrated in "Kalinka." He's truly extraordinary. But the conductor looks like Steven Berkoff.

And if we're doing sacreligious interpretations of classic modern american musical standards, consider: If Jimmy Stewart popped a couple of dexatrim and decided to cover Johnny Cash, what would happen?

You would get this.

Then go and check this out, a song about a fairly typical Marine.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

I can't call you a bastard! You were a Naval Officer, fer cryin' out loud. Isn't it a requirement that you guys must know both your birth parents?

That ain't sayin' much for us bastard Gyreens, huh? *evil grin*

4:51 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Cavey, the old joke told about the Marine Corps at Navy OCS goes something like this:

I tried to join the Marines. I told the recruiting sergeant that I wanted to loot, rape, pillage, and massacre, but he though I was too compassionate. The recruiter felt sorry for me so he was gonna let me join up anyway, until he found out that my parents were married . . . ah . . . er . . . ahem . . .TO EACH OTHER! ROFLOL

God bless the U.S. Marine Corps. They refused to water down the quality of their uniforms in the 1970s while those idiot swabbie Admirals approved knit Service Dress Blues and khakis for officers and Chiefs, "Dirt Bag" [pretend] Service Dress, ugly, baggy blues for junior enlisted, and later certified navy twill for khakis. During shipboard fires--and they happen on occasion--both knits and certified navy twill melt on your body.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Yay, Kalinka!

Great song :-)

7:21 PM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

I tell you what between these postings and the Caveman Mutual Affection Society (CMAS), I am becoming more and more concerned about my associations.

On second thought...maybe this actually helps my reputation..oh well.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Old Bob said...

Hi, all, I hate to stick pins in anyone's balloons, but I have it on the best authority that both "Kalinka" and "Those Were the Days" are old Ukrainian songs that the Russian Soviets stole from the Ukrainians. The sheet music for "Those Were the Days", as recorded by Mary Hopkin in 1968, says that the words and music were by Gene Raskin, but the music he stole from an old Russian song called "Dorogoy Dlinnoyu," written by Boris Fomin in the 1920's, and which the Russians stole from the Ukrainians, along with their land, religion, freedom, and several million of their lives in the manmade famine of 1932-33.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Old Bob said...

I looked up The Leningrad Cowboys; they are Finns. "Kalinka" and "Those Were the Days" are Ukrainian songs.

12:19 AM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Finns, eh? The Finns fought with the Soviets against the Nazis. Interesting. It sort of explains why they're so comfortable with Soviet iconography (e.g., their red & yellow tractor/drum set, the hammer & sickle that decorate it, the red tractor fascia over their guitars [most likely representing the Red October tractor factory], and their soviet propaganda cover art, but it doesn't explain why the lead singer sounds so much like Midge Ure.

And oh yes, the Ukrainians have a long and historically-based mad on for both the Poles and the Russians.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

The Finns fought with the Soviets against the Nazis. Interesting.

Are you sure about this? The Finns fought the Soviets in 1939, kicking their @sses until basically overwhelmed by larger numbers. Result was a negotiated peace with a huge indemnity paid by the Finns to the Soviet Union.

There is not a whole lot of love for the Russians on the part of Finland.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Indeed, it occurred to me today that I might have been wrong. So I found this wikipedia article, which has refreshed my memory.

11:01 PM  

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