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The Leningrad Cowboys are fun. There’s not much more to it. They’re Elvis as seen in a funhouse mirror, all hair and leisure suit. The fact that their music is enjoyable is a nice bonus, but it wouldn’t be a requirement. Watching that hair bounce is worth the price of admission alone.
Their live performances are notoriously off-the-wall. Often backed by a choir, the eleven-member band goes through classic rock hits alongside humorous originals like “Bumbersticker Rock” and the “Drink Beer Polka.” In the video below, they rock out ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Lovin’” complete with accordion, folk dancers, and the Russian Red Army Choir. That bit of Handel’s “Hallulujah Chorus” almost gives the choir a legitimate reason to be there, but there’s no excusing the dancers. And that’s kind of the point.