Monday, March 15, 2010

In Soviet Russia, Viral Video Posts YOU!

I'm going to start this post with the video - no explanation, no forewarning, no preparation, just the video - enjoy:

How's that for a slice of fried gold?

The reason I presented this video to you like that is because that's how it was presented to me. I was just given the link and was able to enjoy it for what it was: pure, unfiltered, baritone Russian joy. I mean, can anyone watch that whole video and not crack a smile? That guy seems so happy, so careless - it's contagious!

But who is he?

Well, if you must know, after some in-depth investigative journalism, I found out his name is Эдуа́рд Анато́льевич Хи́ль, aka Eduard Anatolyevich Khil, aka Eduard Khil, aka Edward Hill. He's a Russian singer who was born on September 4th, 1934. That video is taken from his performance on a Russian variety show in 1976. The name of the song is "Я очень рад, ведь я, наконец, возвращаюсь домой," or, "I Am Very Glad, Because I’m Finally Going Home." No, I am not making that up.

But why the weird gibberish lyrics? Well, Eduard explains them by saying, "Lyrics were written for it, but they were poor. I mean, they were good, but one couldn't publish them at that time. They contained words like these: 'I'm riding my stallion, so-and-so mustang, and my beloved Mary is thousand miles away knitting a stocking for me". Of course, we failed to publish it at that time, and we, Arkady Ostrovsky and I, decided to make it a vocalise. But the essence remained in the title."

Yes it did, Eduard. Yes it did.

This random video is now being passed all around the interwebs. Plus, it's been shown and parodied on such shows as The Colbert Report and Jimmy Kimmel Live. And some even say that this "Trololololololololololo" video is going to become the new Rick Roll. I, personally, don't think it will, though. It's just too tiresome to say "HA! YOU JUST GOT Trololololololololololo-ed!"

But what does Eduard think of all this sudden and random fame? "I haven't heard anything about it," he said, "It's nice, of course!"

Yes it is, Eduard. Yes it is.

You can find more out about Eduard on his website by clicking here. . .and finding a translator.

In the meantime, let's watch it again, shall we?

Ahhhhh. Pure, unfiltered, baritone Russian joy!

Bask in it!


Ponczoch Family said...

Jinnie thouroughly enjoyed this video (twice). I was a bit weirded out by it (twice).

The Former 786 said...

I'm glad to see that Jinnie has such good taste. :) Bask in the joy, Kim. Bask in it!

Crystal Ross said...

Love it. Of course my favorite link of this post was the Scatman. But the Russian singer--well, that just made me happy.

Andrea said...

Joel, this made me laugh almost as much as that flying cat! I love it!

--jeff * said...

i sat there, watching it, wanting to skip to the end but knowing that would likely deflate the payoff gag at the end. at 2:30 i began wondering what the surprise would be. at 2:40 of the 2:41, i started wondering if this was it.

your following commentary certainly gave some context, but it's still one of the more bizarre things you've put up here.

The Former 786 said...

And how!