Thursday, March 20, 2008

Must be somewhere between Georgia and Azerbaijan

Weirdest thing I've seen all week (h/t to Jesus' General):

1 comment:

Todd Stadler said...

The Leningrad Cowboys! I never would have known who these guys were, had Julia and I not happened upon a concert of theirs one day in Helsinki.

We noticed there was a lot of noise and a lot of people in the general area of Helsinki's main square. Being myself, I insisted we follow the crowd to discover some piece of the Finnish culture. The square was packed, but over the course of an hour, we made our way into the middle of things to watch their show. It was not unlike what the video here shows, with the "Soviet" choir and the long swept-forward hair and the bizarre cultural references.

All I can say is, it must have a strange effect to be sandwiched between the USSR and Western Europe. From the little I gathered, Finland had a lot of surreal touches and odd humor. Like the restaurant, Zetor (Finnish for "tractor") we went to that had, well, tractors in it. Not surprisingly, it was somehow affiliated with or endorsed by the Leningrad Cowboys.

I wish I could remember all the songs they played in whole or part, but I swear it included "Finlandia" (Sibelius' nationalist tone poem, also the tune for the hymn "Be Still My Soul"), "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)", and "La Cucaracha".