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I love this video!

Eduard Khil (From Wikipedia):

Khil’s manner of execution of songs is unique and easily recognizable in Russia, characterized by charm, always having a great sounding bright, sonorous voice and the flight of lyrical baritone, with the powerful charge of optimism and humour[5]. On the stage Gil kept very confident, smart, accompanying singing light dance moves and spectacular gestures. By never changing his academic style of singing, Khil enjoyed enviable career longevity.

. . .

In 2009, a 1976 video of Khil singing a non-lexical vocable version of the song I Am Glad, Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home . . . The name “Trololo” is an onomatopoeia of the distinctive way Khil vocalizes throughout the song.

Meaning and the original text of the song

It may be a bit surprising, but the Trololo song originally had words and was an ordinary song. The song itself was a narrative about a cowboy riding a horse to his farm.

But the Soviet Artistic Council censored almost all of the song text due to its unsoviet nature. Cowboy and farm were especially criticized. The word cowboy brought to mind associations with saloons and showdowns, and the word farm was controversial because all private, incollective forms of agriculture were prohibited in the Soviet Union. The Commission’s verdict was to rewrite the entire song. This created several problems. First, it would take a significant amount of time to rewrite the text and have it approved. There was another problem: other singers were pretending to be the first performers of the song. With no time to spare, Khil suggested singing the song without words, instead vocalizing tro-lo-lo and tra-la-la. This seemed like a good idea as there was nothing controversial or punishable for such a performance.

23 Responses

  1. This was a popular song when I was in Junior High:

  2. OT
    It’s a youtube, but not a song. From zero hedge:


    Irish Member of Parliament Foresaw The Truth: “We Are Screwed As A Country Because Of The Wrongdoing Of Others”

    A year ago Irish Green Party politician Paul Nicholas Gogarty told Irish Labor Party TD “With all due respect, in the most unparliamentary language; Fuck you, Deputy Stagg, fuck you!… We Are Screwed As A Country Because Of The Wrongdoing Of Others.” It took a year for Gogarty to be proven correct. Now that the “others” have been identified as virtually every UK and German bank, not to mention every insolvent financial institution in the world, and of course, the Fed’s banking buddies, one wonders: just how will Ireland respond? Also, when will America finally see one of its pathetic excuses for representatives finally do the right thing and actually speak the truth. InTrade over/under: never. 

  3. Once Again Paul Krugman Shows The Left Can Be As Nutty As The Right
    November 21, 2010 — Ron Chusid

    I really don’t take the repeated attempts by Paul Krugman to paint Obama as a Reagan-loving conservative any more seriously than the attempts by tea party supporters to pain Obama as a socialist.

    Krugman’s post is another pathetic attempt to ressurect the Obama vs. Clinton campaign long after Hillary Clinton has joined forces with Obama. During the 2008 primary campaign, this Clint0n-supporter did not understand the political benefits of finding some good to mention regarding Reagan’s legacy to woo the Reagan Democrats back to voting Democratic, while also making clear his vast diffrences in opinion with Reagan. Krugman still does not understand Obama. I imagine he is helping to keep up his readership among the PUMA’s.

    Stupid should hurt

  4. OT: Saturday I was using my Visa credit card (not a Sears credit card) to purchase 3 appliances (large ones like a range and dishwasher, and a microwave) at Sears and the charge was refused. It was not because I had gone over my limit, but the charged total was a spike in my normal monthly charges. I had to split the charges by putting half on my bank debit/charge card and writing a check for the rest. The Sears department manager said he had had some credit charges denied while on vacation.

    It’s a new security feature. I’m told that I have to talk to the bank and the charge card company to find out how to prevent a transaction denial from happening in the future.

    I will find out more in the next couple of days when I call my bank and Visa.

    • I wish there was a super-secret code you could use to authorize the purchase.

      I think your bank should have made it clear that the card isn’t good for unexpected purchases without prior authorization.

      Or something. It’s a good thing you had a checkbook with you. I don’t even know where mine is.

    • Might have been Sears not wanting to pay the higher credit card transaction fees to your issuing bank. Think those fees are a couple of percentage points higher than a debit card. Or it may have been something else. If it turns out that your bank did not deny the charge, would raise hell with the Sears manager, say you’ll blog about their deception online, get a discount on your next purchase.

  5. Did y’all see John Stewart telling everyone to STFU about the Palin kids? (at about the 5 min. mark there is a spoof about Sarah Palin’s Alaska called Jason Jones’ Bayonne that it stupid; you can stop watching when it comes on):

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-17-2010/jason-jones–bayonne

    • Jason Jones’ Bayonne was stupid but I gotta admit I laughed a lot.

      Watched the second show of Sarah Palin’s Alaska and I still like the show. Jeez, it’s a gorgeous place and really nice people.

  6. Yep, I DVR Sarah Palin’s Alaska every week. I love that show. I want to go to Alaska so badly now. Beautiful place. She needs to tone down her voice a bit. Do people talk like that all the time! But I love the show, and it makes her family members look really good.

    Almost posted this over at Jeralyn’s. LOL!

    • Jeralyn would have like that 🙂

      I’d like to hear her speak completely unmiked just to know if any of that tone is an artifact.

    • The first time I heard Sarah Palin speak I recognized her accent from Minnesota or the UP of Michigan. In the mid 80’s, I was with a guy from the UP and I worked for (and was great friends with) a lady from International Falls, MN. The second I heard Palin speak, I thought that she sounded just like my friend, Bev. I googled and learned about the Alaska/ Minnesota connection. No surprise there. Who else could be tough enough to withstand that cold weather? (Speaking as a southerner) I spent a month in the UP with my guy and the dialect was very close to Palin’s.

  7. How about some good night Dreams ….

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