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Total Balalaika Show

Total Balalaika Show. Aki Kaurismäki. 1994.

[three minutes pass]

Oh! It’s a concert movie. It’s the Leningrad Cowboys… with a Russian men’s choir?

Looks like it.

So it’s an hour of competently played rockabilly music with a men’s choir singing everything slightly off beat?

I guess so.

Oh, now there’s just a vocal bit. That guy’s got a very deep voice. Them Russians sure like their men to sing way down there…

[seven minutes pass]

This version of Happy Together is fun.

Are any of the members of Leningrad Cowboys the same as the ones that were in the movie, though? Or is is like a traditional big band, where everybody is exchangeable? Wikipedia has the story.

[twenty minutes pass]

I’m really enjoying this. Sure, the music is a joke, but I’m a sucker for concerts. I love them all! It’s been so long since I’ve been to one! This year has gone on for years!

The do Sweet Home Alamaba:

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama

Lord, I’m coming home to you
In Birmingham they love the Governor, boo, boo, boo
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you? Tell the truth

Wha… what… wha…

I’ve never listened to the lyrics before, but… what?

I guess it’s about how racism is good or something? I didn’t know that Lynyrd Skynyrd were Nazis? I guess I should have. That’s on me!

[the end]

I really enjoyed that! It’s a good concert movie! Nothing annoying! Except the music, of course, but you know.

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