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"Soviet Pop + Heavy Rock" - Edward Khil's legendary "TroLoLo" with a powerful metal accompaniment

How to give life to an old Soviet-era track? Guitarist Andre Antunes knows the answer. Today our article is about how a Soviet singer's song gained its popularity first in the USSR, and years later in the West as well, and why Eduard Khil is called "Mr. Trololo".

Metal cover of Eduard Khil's song "TroLoLo": history of appearance, popularity abroad, cover version

In many of the songs, listeners are looking for meaningtrying to understand what emotion the performer wanted to express. But sometimes it is impossible to find any depth in a song. Eduard Khil's "TroLoLo" is a vivid example of a song that has no words at all, but catching the one The emotion is excellent. Today we will try to understand how the "song without words" appeared on Soviet screens and how it became successful not only in the USSR, but also in the West.

Cult "TroLoLo", which was loved all over the USSR 

Eduard Khil. 60-е
Eduard Khil. 60-е

A song called "I'm very glad, because I'm finally coming home.", or "TroLoLo," was written by Arkady Ostrovsky, a Soviet songwriter, in 1966. The composition originally had lyrics written for Ostrovsky by Vadim SemereninBut, according to Eduard Khil, he did not pass censoredwhich, in those distant days, controlled art. The poem was written on behalf of a cowboy returning to his ranch and waiting to meet his beloved.

The music video for the uncomplicated tune was recorded in 1976, after 10 years after the song's release. Although famous Soviet singers such as Valery Obodzinsky and Muslim Magomayev sang this vocalism, the baritone Edward Khil. The musician recalled that "I'm very happy, because I'm finally coming home" was enthusiastically received by Soviet listeners: before that on the stage none of the artists did not sing a song that had almost no words. The video was recorded on the artist's Swiss tour.

The Popularity of "TroLoLo" in the West, or How Khil Became a Meme 

Eduard Khil
Eduard Khil

In 2009, the video of Khil's performance was posted on YouTube, but it did not immediately gain enormous popularity.

By 2017, the video had reached the shores of Western YouTube, where it gained about 25 million views. The Soviet singer was given a nickname online "Mr. Trollolo." The pseudonym is an imitation sound that echoes the singer's singing style. English-speaking users have found similarities between the performance and the word "troll"This is where the new nickname of Honored Artist of the RSFSR comes from.

"Trollolo Man" became even more popular after being mentioned in the American show The Colbert Report. The video went so viral that a huge number of parodies were made of it. The most famous was the actor's interpretation of the song Christoph WaltzHe sang the famous vocalize in a playful manner. In addition, Eduard Khil managed to become a character in the animated series "Family Guy.": He appeared in the season ten premiere episode as a singing Russian waiter.

After a while, a website was created that sold merchandise with an image of the Soviet singer on it, and there was also petitionwhich was aimed at the artist's return from "musical" retirement.

Powerful Metal Accompaniment by Andre Antunes 

Andre Antunes
Andre Antunes

Andre Antunes is an American musician and blogger. On his You-Tube channel, the young man posts covers of memes and famous songs.

The blogger did not ignore the song "TroLoLo": in the video the guitarist accompaniment to Eduard Khil's whirlwind music video. Against the background of such simple, aesthetic Country of the Soviets music, the bright and very skillful guitar riffs seem to bring to life the lost gloss of the composition. Thanks to his talent, André received many positive feedback on this remix. Users noted that, for all its comicality, the song sounds great: Andre changes so coolly tune of the song, that it seems creepy to some listeners because of Khil's wide smile in the video. Many commentators report that after the cover of the famous "TroLoLo" and the tune substitution they hardly can perceive the original song.

Other videos by Andre Antunes are also receiving rave reviews. His video titled "The Most Metal Church in the World". In the video, Andre plays along to a fiery Arizona preacher's speech; as users note, bringing together strands of melody so gracefully and seeing the musicality in a speaker's speech is a smashing talent a musician.

Video clip "Legendary Pakistani Singer goes Metal"where the guitarist is remixing a legendary song sung by Pakistani vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in 1979, typed on YouTube million views. It wasn't easy to turn a religious, almost prayerful song into a metal song, but for Andre, there's nothing impossible.

A song by Eduard Khil, which has gained fans not only in Russia but also abroad, still popular. In the comments to Andreas' video, users wrote that they incredibly admired the talent of the Soviet singer, who by the end of his life had received world fame. People who followed the artist before and after his second popularity sincerely admired his voice, and Western fans gave Khil another nickname besides "Mr. Trollolo: "the most cheerful guy on the internet.".

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