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"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Strongman competition

The cult of personality surrounding Our Dear Premier (May His Preternaturally Thick Hair Always Be Perfectly Parted) had always been one step behind the kind of thing you might see in a struggling democratatorcy like post-Soviet Russia. (Subtitled in French; the English version of the lyrics are in the "more info" tab.)



But now, thanks to Bristol Communications et al., that gap has been closed:



Ever-so-slightly mitigating factor: At least the musical Cult of Dan is based on fiddle-dee-diddle and Canned Trad, not Eurotrash.

9 Comments:

At 9:11 PM, November 11, 2008 , Blogger Edward G. Hollett said...

Lyrics

There's an English version you could have linked to as well.

Apparently, Vlad is quite popular among some segments of the local political crowd.

 
At 9:24 PM, November 11, 2008 , Blogger Peter said...

I know some of the musicians involved in this (Geraldine Hollett any relation, Ed?). They are very diverse performers. Not a typical gig for them.
And unless Danny invades Miquelon, I think the comparison ends here.

 
At 8:11 AM, November 12, 2008 , Blogger Simon said...

Funny how the French for "strongman" is a dish of fries and cheese curds.

 
At 2:44 PM, November 12, 2008 , Blogger Mark said...

Peter's right.
The comparison also ends in the event that Putin reconvenes the legislature.

 
At 7:20 PM, November 12, 2008 , Blogger the REAL Savage Cove Devil said...

well,it is most likely my old tech,and my aging brain,hardly able to keep up with the times we are in...but at 1:49 of the Tzar's imperial decree against 'nothing',it seemed as though a glitch occurred in the video,the audio too.give it a look and a listen and tell me if he said what i thought he said...it seemed like a cover.i bet i am just prejudiced...i hope not.

do you have the real speech untouched at 1:49?darn,again i have to bet i am wrong!

also,they have some LABRADORIANS involved in the video,i think that is so cool,our People reaching out to the colonists!

 
At 7:24 PM, November 12, 2008 , Blogger WJM said...

I know some of the musicians involved in this (Geraldine Hollett any relation, Ed?). They are very diverse performers. Not a typical gig for them.

Just like singing the praises of Putin, and his Members of the Russian State Duma in another classic song by "Singing Together", probably wasn't a typical gig for those, um, "musicians", either. Which is kinda the whole point, what with a Strong and Glorious Leader co-opting popular culture for propaganda purposes, and all that.

 
At 7:07 PM, November 13, 2008 , Blogger Peter said...

Whether they just did it for cash, or because they were genuinely inspired (heaven forbid), the musicians in the Bristol production were credible, independent musicians in every sense.
I'm confused. Are you suggesting the premier engineered the whole thing?

 
At 7:33 PM, November 13, 2008 , Blogger WJM said...

Whether they just did it for cash, or because they were genuinely inspired (heaven forbid), the musicians in the Bristol production were credible, independent musicians in every sense.

No doubt they were!

I'm confused.

By what? You're the one who doesn't get that this posting is a commentary on Danny's motives and ethos, not that of the musicians.

Just so we're clear, here: this posting is a commentary on Danny's motives and ethos, not that of the musicians.

Does that resolve the confusion?

Are you suggesting the premier engineered the whole thing?

On the face of it, it kinda looks that way. There was very little lag time, and strikingly little, in fact, between the speech that generated the source material, and the final production and its launch on Youtube. And the speech was — well, at least with the exception of the wierd Max Headroom part at the very end — reasonably well-tailored to this exercise in video production. Lining up the video shoots (esp. with a child actor involved) and the post-production must also have taken some planning; did it all take place, in a rush, AFTER the speech?

Some enterprising reporter ought to ask such questions. It would be fascinating to have insight into how this video came to be.

 
At 9:57 AM, November 14, 2008 , Blogger Mark said...

Surely ad firms produce such things out of the goodness of their hearts. Just like all those plastic signs at the airport whenever Danny comes home to an unexpected spontaneous rally.

Wally you are such a cynic - can't the people and corporations of this province who rely heavily on government for their bottom line show thier own deep-felt gratitude and adoration for the man who bestows upon them such things as pride, self-confidence, strength and... contracts?

 

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