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Leningrad Cowboys Live – doing the classics!

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We fucking love Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki !’

And we love Aki’s musical creation, the mad Finnish music group Leningrad Cowboys!

With the Leningrad Cowboys, Kaurismäki gained worldwide fame with his movie ‘Leningrad Cowboys Go America’ (1989)

The band started off as an imaginary group but, strangely, after the success of the film became a “real” group! Leningrad Cowboys began to take on a life of its own, recording music, making videos and giving concerts.

The band appeared in two other Aki Kaurismäki films, the Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994) and the Total Balalaika Show (1994), which is a film of a concert performed by the band and the full 160-member Alexandrov ensemble in Helsinki in June 1993.

Kaurismäki also wrote and directed two videos featuring the band: their cover of the 60’s folk standard Those Were The Days (1992) and Thru The Wire (also featuring Tesco) (1992).

Currently, the band has eleven Leningrad Cowboys and two Leningrad Cowgirls!!

Their songs, somewhat influenced by polka, punk and progressive rock, are performed in English and have themes such as vodka, tractors, rockets, and Genghis Khan, as well as folkloric Russian songs, rock and roll ballads and covers from bands as diverse as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, all presented with shitloads of humour.

Read more: wiki/Leningrad_Cowboys

Here the cowboys do a wonderful job with the Bob Dylan classic, Knocking On Heaven’s Door!

You’ve never heard it played like this before!! This is fucking amazing!

The clip comes from the Total Balalaika Showa concert performed by the band and the full 160-member Alexandrov ensemble in Helsinki in June 1993.

From: jarsku

Enjoy this clip of the cowboys performing live in Oulu, a small coastal town a few hundred miles north of Helsinki, back in 1997.

It’s the classic Deep Purple track Smoke On The Water. But only kind of!

From: jarsku

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October 28, 2008 Posted by | Aki Kurismaki, Leningrad Cowboys, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | 2 Comments