Saturday, 27 February 2016

New York's Leninist Break Dancers.

A song composed by Brezhnev's favourite composer in the middle of the stagnation period has made some unlikely appearances in recent years on the New York subway. The song "And the Battle Rages on Again" composed in 1974 by Aleksandra Pakhmutova has been remixed and played to accompany a display of break dancing.

Here it accompanies a display of dancing inside a subway car:

The chorus of this late Soviet classic goes:

And the struggle rages on
With such a restless heart
And Lenin is so young
And young October still to come.

(the lyrics to the song was written by Pakhmutova's husband Nikolai Dobronravov)

This particular song has had a number of cover versions by some of the well-known Russian groups in the post-Soviet period including a version by the group Leningrad:

and another by Yegor Letov's legendary group Grazdanskaya Oborona (or Civil Defence) back in the early 1990s:

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