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GREAT Song of the Week

July 30th, 2008 by Kevin Murphy · 31 Comments

While combing the infotainment ultraspeedway for it’s flattened musical turds, invariably a gem or two shows up. We’ll try to keep a good supply on hand, and invite you to send your faves as well.

LENINGRAD COWBOYS: Gimme All Your Lovin’ (With the Red Army Chorus)

Something this sublime needs no comment. I first encountered the Cowboys in Finland, where they’re nothing short of national heroes. Find the Leningrad Cowboys online, hunt down the Aki Kaurismaki film Leningrad Cowboys Go America, or rent the concert video from your favorite online video rental outlet.

And yes, that is a whistling solo at about two minutes in.

Tags: Geography · Great Music · In the Media · RiffTrax · movies · music

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dave on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I wasn’t sure which category to put this one in, but here it is anyway.

  • 2 Tim on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Nice. I always thought the Scorpions were the only ones who had the moxie to insert a whistle solo into a song.

  • 3 Bill Corbett on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:23 pm

  • 4 Bill Corbett on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    …Tom W. might be an obvious choice. Here’s one that’s less so, a band I used to love seeing live called THE SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS. The baldie lead singer was a madman onstage:

  • 5 DestyNova on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Magnificent song and video.

  • 6 Smiley on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Nice! I’m digg’in they’re excellent footwear.

  • 7 Bill Corbett on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    And for contrast, and because I’m at least partially a melodramatic mick:

    And I will darken your thread no more, Kevin.

  • 8 Charlie W on Jul 31, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Ah Bill your taste in music is superb. As is yours Kevin.

  • 9 MST3Kelly on Jul 31, 2008 at 5:06 am

    many years ago, Dr. Moreau had been hard at work, splicing Sha Na Na and Sigue Sigue Sputnik DNA in his quest to create the most unsettling musical life form. while gestating, these hell-spawn were subjected to nonstop mariachi. and now, god help us all, they are loose upon the earth…

    the Volga Boatman offers us a bite of his Iron Curtain burrito.
    very post-modern.

  • 10 wbwolf on Jul 31, 2008 at 5:54 am

    So, you’re the one responsible for the Tom Waits ref in “It Must Be The Neighbors”! I love that.

    And “Someone To Talk To” is one of those songs I really love to get, but lost.

  • 11 Clint on Jul 31, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I grew up during the end of the Cold War, so Russia still scared the crap out of me, but I do like the tractor-shaped guitar.

  • 12 Enron Hubbard on Jul 31, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Finally, a thread made *just* for the following video:

    If you want to know what they’re saying, some kind soul has the video with subtitles here:

    Thank me in a couple of years when you finally stop humming it to yourself!

  • 13 DestyNova on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:11 am

    That’s not what they’re saying, sillyhead!

  • 14 Bill Corbett on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:16 am

    We have been humming it for months:

    Even caught myself doing the dance at times. “Hey, I’m performing traditional Russian barynya!…whattaya know.”

  • 15 Kyle on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:23 am

    My suggestion for the next Great Song of the Week: anything by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. They’ve even got whistling (on their version of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly theme)!

  • 16 Kyle on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Great choice. I love Tom Waits. From that album though I think I prefer “Come On Up to the House” or “Chocolate Jesus.” The emotion he puts into songs makes him one of my favorite musicians.

  • 17 Enron Hubbard on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:28 am


    Well, maybe I can turn y’all on to a really funny show you never heard of called Mystery Science Theater 3000…

  • 18 Conor Lastowka on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Appearing at The Casbah on Friday night:

    The Hold Steady!

  • 19 Enron Hubbard on Jul 31, 2008 at 9:13 am

    In an attempt to ameliorate my embarrassment, I humbly submit the following song as the Greatest of all time!

    A man whose memory spans nearly *three* whole months!

  • 20 DestyNova on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I would like to submit something myself:

    Solomon Burke – None of Us Are Free. Do enjoy!

  • 21 DestyNova on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:25 am

  • 22 DestyNova on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:25 am


  • 23 trumpysmagicsnout on Jul 31, 2008 at 11:38 am

    In the spirit of Bill revealing his awesome taste, and because Mr. Waits decided to play his first Scottish gigs in 25 years, that I missed because it was £90 a ticket, here’s a bit of what Tom does best:

    But let’s not remain bitter. Here’s a band I did get to see live recently, The Blue Nile. This is one of my favourite wee fan vids on Youtube as the bloke’s put their music over some Edward Hopper paintings, works a treat:

  • 24 RemmieBarrow on Jul 31, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Wow, I am surprised that Weird Al did not have a hand in this.

  • 25 Heather on Jul 31, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    It doesn’t appear that Netflix has Leningrad Cowboys Go America… dangit!

  • 26 Jeffrey Thames [King of Grief] on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Nicely done! I love The Blue Nile, Hats in particular. This has inspired my own entry, which can be found below (after it’s posted, of course).

  • 27 Jeffrey Thames [King of Grief] on Jul 31, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    trumpysmagicsnout’s submission of The Blue Nile reminded me that the too-few Blue Nile fans I’ve met are also Prefab Sprout fans. Here is the video for “Goodbye Lucille #1″ (aka “Johnny Johnny”) from the Sprouts’ 1985 masterpiece, Steve McQueen (released Stateside as Two Wheels Good). (MELANCHOLY ALERT)

    I know Mr. Nelson digs him some PS, as he was listening to this album while blogging on MySpace awhile back. Plus there’s a quote from another Sprouts song in one of the Godzilla MSTs, I forget which one.

  • 28 Conor Lastowka on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    But they do have their DVD Total Balalaika Show. Top of the queue baby!

  • 29 Vic Arpeggio on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Holy crap, Bill! I loves me the Screaming Blue Messiahs. They were about 10 years ahead of their time. In that vein, I love The Godfathers too (and they’ve just reformed).

    Great music to pay attention to today:

    The Gutter Twins


    The Dirtbombs

  • 30 SarahCanuck on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Kevin/Monsieur Murphy, I must thank you for posting the Leningrad Cowboys video – I’d never heard of them before, and after listening to them had to quickly force others to listen.
    I especially like their rendition of Happy Together (the Red Army officer joyfully and Russian-accent-ly singing the second verse is a true delight)

  • 31 SarahCanuck on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:43 am

    I’ll show off my horrifying geekdom and nominate The Erlking (a.k.a. Der Erlkonig) as performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He makes it thoroughly traumatising; plays all 4 parts differently, and creeps the absolute heck out of you when singing as the Erlking.
    I’m always listening to this then running around singing out “Mein Vater, mein Vater!”