UPDATE! It’s the weird Sovietesque kitsch, the irritatingly addictive melody, AND the over-the-top performance



Mr. Trololo Man gets interviewed by the Russian Press, see video at end of post.

YouTube link for Facebookers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNxygsLGHSQ

The Christian Science Monitor has a good (and appropriately short) piece about “Mr. Trololo Man”, here’s an excerpt:

In an unlikely love match of Soviet nostalgia and social networking, the almost-forgotten radio star Eduard Khil – known as Mr. Trololo man – has suddenly become a YouTube pop icon with his own Facebook fanpage.

A 40-year-old clip from Soviet TV, starring a chubby and ruddy-faced Mr. Khil, decked out in a tacky Soviet polyester suit, has gone viral in recent weeks, garnering more than 2 million hits and sparked an Internet petition urging him to undertake a global tour to reignite his career. (Watch the video below.)

Reached at his St. Petersburg home, the elderly Khil would not give any response to the petition, offering a bit of philosophy instead.

“What is fame?” said Khil, a big star in his day. “[Russian poet Alexander] Pushkin said it’s just a bright patch upon a shabby singer’s rags. When it happens, it happens.”

Read the full story.

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One Response to “UPDATE! It’s the weird Sovietesque kitsch, the irritatingly addictive melody, AND the over-the-top performance”

  1. m2ew says:

    It’s the weird Sovietesque kitsch – Eduard Khil – known as Mr. Trololo man http://tinyurl.com/ylx4vec #funny #singing c/o @lilydustbin
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