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.”