February 21, 2007 11:17 AM   Subscribe

Pros for the Red Army Choir: The Leningrad Cowboys.

Cons for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Angela Lansbury
posted by Stynxno at 11:18 AM on February 21, 2007

Now I have Kalinka stuck in my head, dammit.
posted by dilettante at 11:32 AM on February 21, 2007

I've got to go with the Red Army Choir on this one- they have a fantastic version of Chapayev the Hero Waged War in the Urals. Couldn't find it on youtube, though.

I also have many fond memories of international hockey in the 70s and 80s which will always be conjured up by the old Soviet anthem.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:19 PM on February 21, 2007

Socialists vs Mormons? On Metafilter? Not hard to predict who's gonna win that one.
posted by thirteenkiller at 12:43 PM on February 21, 2007

I don't know, are the Soviets really that popular here? We're the Blue, not the Red....
posted by Richard Daly at 1:15 PM on February 21, 2007

Rocky: [Addressing the Soviet crowd, translated into Russian line by line by announcer]

Rocky: During this fight, I've seen a lot of changing, in the way you feel about me, and in the way I feel about you. In here, there were two guys killing each other, but I guess that's better than twenty million. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

Rocky: [loud applause, even by the politburo]

posted by mazola at 2:15 PM on February 21, 2007

Red Army Choir. Their performances are more... powerful. And they've got The Leningrad Cowboys, which just adds to that.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 2:21 PM on February 21, 2007

Soviet National Anthem:

"through tempests the sunrays of cheered us"

Wow, almost got it there. Almost.
posted by Ironmouth at 3:11 PM on February 21, 2007

Yes, but the Mormons have special armor-underwear. No one ever expects that.
posted by Talanvor at 4:03 PM on February 21, 2007

Well, I liked Gimme all your lovin' best, but it's kind of an unfair advantage to have the LC's playing with you.

Straight up, head-to-head, my favorite (against all odds) of the links is MTC's Battle Hymn of the Republic. I found it stirring, despite how easy it would be to make fun of it. I was actually underwhelmed by the RAC, and I like all-male choirs usually.

Send the LC's to Salt Lake City and then you'll see something special.

Thanks for the videos. I had never imagined what the LC's looked like. I had only experienced them from the Christmas decoration house lighting extravaganza.
posted by MtDewd at 4:18 PM on February 21, 2007

Ah, but for the Red Army Choir with the Leningrad Cowboys, we have Song of the Volga Boatmen.

Which will now replace "Kalinka" in my head.
posted by dilettante at 4:34 PM on February 21, 2007

Whatever. The Red Army Choir would totally beat the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a chugging contest. Really, isn't that the only kind of contest that matters?
posted by brain cloud at 6:14 PM on February 21, 2007

I'm all smiles: excellent post, Stxy!
posted by Dizzy at 9:18 PM on February 21, 2007

"Socialists vs Mormons? "
for what its worth, the mormons believe that in the last days, we'll all live under "the united order" which was the holy version of communism/socialism. They tried it out a few times, but always managed to muck it up. Their whacky socialism is also a small part of what they were so intensly disliked/distrusted.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 3:24 AM on February 23, 2007

It's been a long time since I saw Leningrad Cowboys Go America, but I remember feeling like dancing throughout.
posted by booth at 11:00 AM on February 23, 2007

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