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December 3, 2010 11:38 AM   Subscribe

Soviet funk. SLYT: Chervona Ruta in Pesnya vsegda s nami (1975). Get on the добра нога!
posted by languagehat (21 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
I feel desperately cheated now that East Side Story kind of petered out by the 1960s.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 12:07 PM on December 3, 2010 [3 favorites]


OK, that made my day. Now I'm going to need that keyboard identified. Bonus points if it is a ripoff.

Thanks languagehat!
posted by circular at 12:14 PM on December 3, 2010


Man, every time I read or hear Ukranian, I feel like I just had a cerebral infarction in the language center and totally didn't notice.
posted by griphus at 12:27 PM on December 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


That's pretty dissonant.
posted by flippant at 12:31 PM on December 3, 2010


More proof that Meatbomb's influence is felt across all cultures and timelines.
posted by not_on_display at 12:37 PM on December 3, 2010


Favorited сильно!

Now I'm off to find some doohickey to transfer that audio track into iTunes.
posted by Kabanos at 1:11 PM on December 3, 2010


With that violin, they could have covered "Freddie's Dead" better'n my band ever did.
posted by Faze at 1:16 PM on December 3, 2010


>Man, every time I read or hear Ukranian, I feel like I just had a cerebral infarction in the language center and totally didn't notice.

That's exactly how I felt about English when I was studying in a Ukrainian school.
posted by mooselini at 1:34 PM on December 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Word to you wiggaz.... this is your musical heritage, not Parliament and The Meters, so you better be cranking this stuff up in your pimped out Escalades tonight.
posted by crapmatic at 1:35 PM on December 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's exactly how I felt about English when I was studying in a Ukrainian school.

Are you Ukranian? The reason I mention is because I was raised in Russia, but never heard Ukranian until after we emigrated to the states. Every time I heard it I could sorta make out a word or two but everything was so different that it was incomprehensible. But it was still close enough to Russian to make me wonder if my brain broke. The same thing happens when I stumble upon a website in, for instance, Bulgarian, which is so close to Russian but different enough to make me wonder if I have completely lost the ability to comprehend what I'm reading.

Meanwhile, don't get me started on Slovakian. So far as I've encountered it, it has the exact same syllable-sounds as Russian, but no shared vocabulary. It's like listening to people speak complete gibberish.
posted by griphus at 1:41 PM on December 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


In Soviet Russia... you don't have 'the funk'--'the funk' has you.
(Yes, I know, it's Ukraine, but whatever.)

Jokes aside, gotta give props to this. Pretty epic. I love the two influences on this. My dad was really into funk a long time ago, and somehow--I have NO idea how, but it does--the funk sound mixes really well with the assumed Soviet sound.
posted by MHPlost at 1:41 PM on December 3, 2010


>Word to you wiggaz.... this is your musical heritage, not Parliament and The Meters, so you better be cranking this stuff up in your pimped out Escalades tonight.

Crapmatic, in our pimped out ZAZ.
posted by mooselini at 1:41 PM on December 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


"The reason I mention is because..."

Heh.
posted by griphus at 1:41 PM on December 3, 2010


re: griphus,

While I grew up in Eastern (note: predominantly Russian) part of Ukraine, and went to all-Ukrainian school (where all was taught in Ukrainian, which was a pretty huge after collapse), my tender growing brain often confused Russian and Ukrainian when I was reading/communicating. It eased up when I reached adolescence, and when I was in Poland, was able to understand a lot of what's been said, which brings Ukrainian a lot closer to Polish than it does to Russian.

However, when I traveled to Western parts of the country, Carpathean mountains, their "ukrainian" dialect made me want to scream bloody murder because in all of my proficiency I could not understand them for the life of me. And, in return, my "proper" ukrainian was the butt of all jokes.
posted by mooselini at 1:51 PM on December 3, 2010


I love it. The instruments are playing funkish while the singing is all in Slavic folk-song style melodies and harmonies.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 4:19 PM on December 3, 2010


Papa was a rolling steppe?
posted by gubo at 4:31 PM on December 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Bass player's got some chops.
posted by fartknocker at 4:36 PM on December 3, 2010


Soviet Jazz-Funk
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:33 PM on December 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Попередження: любовна сцена

Пожалуйста небо
posted by clavdivs at 8:51 PM on December 3, 2010


Soul Finger!

(Now, to divert that nuke...)
posted by obiwanwasabi at 11:33 PM on December 3, 2010


If you like this, you might dig Secret Stash's Soviet Funk compilations.
posted by box at 8:40 AM on December 4, 2010


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