Frontier Former Editor

October 7, 2007

Band festivals – an irony-rich environment!

Filed under: band festivals, Cold War, cool stuff, Fred Thompson, history, humor, Hunt for Red October, October — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:31 am

I missed Junior’s band festival Saturday, seeing that I was working overtime to help prop up the crumbling U.S. banking system, but I was related a story so rich in its multilayered ironies that I had to share.

One of the bands in the competition chose as its performance suite this year, “Music from Hunt for Red October.” The climax of the set? The Soviet National Anthem. Of course, it was described in the festival program as ‘Hymm from Hunt for Red October.’

While I’m no Marxist-Leninist (unlike the unintentional Bolshevist emulators in neo-fascist’s clothing in the national Republican organization), I have to admit that, as national anthems go, the Soviet entry is pretty catchy.

 Where else but in Southwest Virginia? I suspect that the band’s director was a secret Fred Thompson agitpropnik . . . .

Unfortunately, I have no video or audio of the event, but now, a blast from 1989 . . . .

 do svidaniya Rodina!

C’mon everybody! Sing along!

Soyuz nerushimy respublik svobodnykh

Splotila naveki velikaya Rus’!

Da zdravstvuyet sozdanny voley narodov

Yediny, moguchy Sovetsky Soyuz!


Slavsya, Otechestvo nashe svobodnoye,

Druzhby narodov nadyozhny oplot!

Partiya Lenina — sila narodnaya

Nas k torzhestvu kommunizma vedyot!


Skvoz’ grozy siyalo nam solntse svobody,

I Lenin veliky nam put’ ozaril,

Na pravoye delo on podnyal narody,

Na trud i na podvigi nas vdokhnovil!



V pobede bessmertnykh idey kommunizma

My vidim gryadushcheye nashey strany,

I krasnomu znameni slavnoy otchizny

My budem vsegda bezzavetno verny!


Okay, now in Cyrillic!


Союз нерушимый республик свободных

Сплотила навеки Великая Русь!

Да здравствует созданный волей народов

Единый, могучий Советский Союз!


Славься, Отечество наше свободное,

Дружбы народов надёжный оплот!

Партия Ленина — сила народная

Нас к торжеству коммунизма ведёт!


Сквозь грозы сияло нам солнце свободы,

И Ленин великий нам путь озарил:

На правое дело он поднял народы,

На труд и на подвиги нас вдохновил!



В победе бессмертных идей коммунизма

Мы видим грядущее нашей страны,

И Красному знамени славной Отчизны

Мы будем всегда беззаветно верны!


And a shout out to the boys in the Communist Party of the United States! Yo, Gus Hall!


Unbreakable union of free republics,

Great Russia is joined forever!

Long live the created by the will of peoples

United and mighty Soviet Union


To Glory, our free Fatherland

The stronghold of the friendship of peoples

Party of Lenin is the power of the people

It leads us to the triumph of Communism


Through storms the sun of freedom shone to us

And the great Lenin lighted us the way

He raised peoples to the right cause

He inspired us for labour and for acts of heroism



In the victory of the immortal ideas of Communism

We see the future of our country,

And to the Red banner of our glorious Fatherland

We shall always be selflessly loyal


1 Comment »

  1. Wow – yet another Video winner from FFE

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — October 7, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

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