An Austrian band, Rammelhof, released a satirical song about the Russian leader Vladimir Putin back in December of last year. After gathering a huge fan base in Ukraine in the last couple days, it has started going viral on YouTube.
The song is called “Wladimir (Put Put Putin),” and it was uploaded to YouTube on December 19, 2014. It is only in the last few days that the view counter has gone into semi-spin mode and has reached over half a million views as of today.
— Mikhail Golub (@golub) February 24, 2015
The set of the music video is mostly a chicken shed and features chickens, soldiers and a rather weird looking dominatrix. There’s quite a bit of military action, including a tank.
The song starts out in English, singing about a man the singer really likes.
“He Is So Cute, He Is So Strong and So Powerful.”
“Put Put Putin!”
While the rest of the song is in a Viennese dialect, but the people of Ukraine heard about it and it is now a hit in that war-torn country. This is probably due to the fact that some of the lyrics translate as follows. “He keeps his neighbors on a short leash, except the U-U-kraine, and because of them he’s getting out his tanks again.”
— Benjamin Bidder (@BenjaminBidder) February 26, 2015
Tweet translation: With dialect against Pu-Pu # Putin: Austrian band Rammelhof lands internet hit
According to the Local Austria, Rammelhof received an award for the protest song of the year from the Austrian music station FM4 for their satirical efforts.
As for the the band, they are apparently not all that surprised about the song’s popularity as they have had many comments online from Ukrainians, thanking them for the song. However, they did tell Spiegel Online, “It’s like an eighth wonder of the world!”
— SPIEGEL ONLINE (@SPIEGELONLINE) February 26, 2015
Tweet translation: With put-put-Putin video hype of the week: This song pleased the Ukrainians
According to Joinfo, the band did tell the media that the song isn’t just aimed at Putin, but was a general critique of the fact that people always seem to want a strong leader.
“The song is primarily concerned with the phenomenon that even in today’s industrialized countries, the majority of the population wants strong leadership (for example, ‘Mutti’ in Germany, or Obama in the U.S., or even Putin in Russia). It scares us, and we rebelled against it.”
Somehow, with all those chickens and all, the words “Put Put Putin” probably came out better than other leaders’ names could ever do.
Speaking of Russia, the Inquisitr reports on Russian fears that threats of World War III are just an excuse for the U.S. to take over Ukraine.
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