Voyou Désœuvré

 Discussing the question of when the Russian Revolution changed from revolution to counter-revolution, a friend of mine gave, I think, the only unassailable answer: in 1920, when Trotsky stopped fighting the civil war by traveling around on a train with a brass band.

I was reminded of this when &catherine posted something about the tATu best of, which I wasn’t aware of but which is pretty good. Apart from most of the tracks from Dangerous and Moving, the album includes the closest tATu have yet come to dubstep, a pleasingly eerie remix of “Cosmos,” and a “Bollywood” version of “Craving.” Which works surprisingly well, but more importantly served to remind me of a great film I saw a while back (with, coincidentally, the same friend who so wisely analyzed the Russian Revolution), Bhagam Bhag.

The film is about a group of actors from India who come over to London
to do a show and, broadly speaking, hilarity ensues. They accidentally
get mixed up with drug dealers, then get embroiled in a Vertigo-esque
mystery, while being chased around London by an enraged  ex-rock star.
And, of course, they still find time to put on their play which is, for
reasons that are never made clear, about communist pirates on a train.

Watch: Communist pirates dancing, from Bhagam Bhag


  1. steff, 5:42 pm, April 7, 2007

    Incidentally, there’s an ambient album by Christian Kiefer, Czar Nicholar is Dead. Purportedly it’s about the revolution. You can find it over on the-cookshop blog.

  2. Renegade Eye, 6:00 pm, April 17, 2007

    This blog is the highlite of my day.  Anybody who can put Trotsky and Tatu in the same post, is alright with me.Really good blog, fun to read, and aesthetically nice.

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