Saturday, 13 December 2008

On the subject of Slavic music videos...

Before I get over this music video-posting craze and get back to serious blogging - Noted cultural commentator Gadjo Dilo has recently posted some interesting Ukrainian music videos. In a spirit of serious musicology, I would like to share the following video - Russian band ANJ's tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev, dealing with some seriously heavy political and economic issues within the music video form - with the three people in the world who haven't seen it yet:

But for other serious Southeast Asia specialists, I present an interesting art rock US/Cambodian fusion band ("Oh God, not another one" I hear you cry):


No Good Boyo said...

The first clip could replace any musty old college seminar on late Soviet history. Concise, hip and accurate - Žižek could not have done better.

As for the second, I would like much much more of this Cambodian fusing stuff. Please.

In return I recomment Ukrainian punk muthaz Gogol Bordello.

Their lady drummer is Vietnamese, but not a twin I fear. See her at

scarlet-blue said...

1) Is this a Soviet advertisement for Wonderbra?

2) Obvious Madness influences.

I liked the first one best... especially the twitching pecs..

WV: squiti

Gadjo Dilo said...

Wow, terific, never seen that first one before! Wouldn't we all like the bloke (or lass) who made that video to film the story of one's own life??

I wonder what the Cambodians thought when ZZ Top turned up.

WV: flubk

Pearl said...


And am seriously hooked on Gogol Bordello and recommend it heartily to anyone who will listen to me.


No Good Boyo said...

Glad to hear your a Bordello fan, Pearl. Did you know the lead singer Eugene Hütz acts in the film Everything Is Illuminated?

He'd be my choice for the new James Bond if Daniel Craig gets bored.

Gadjo Dilo said...

I'd rather been led to believe that Eugene Hütz was the Russell Brand of gypsy music, but I must Bordello a second chance. (Sorry Pearl, the name Russell Brand must mean nothing to you!)

WV: "epimic" - hugely small