Russians


“There’s no such thing as a winnable war. It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore.”

Continuing on with our Cold War theme this week (Have you guessed what TV show we’ll be talking about tomorrow?), there seems no better choice music-wise than Sting’s “Russians”. (Sure, there’s always “99 Red Balloons”, but we just talked about that a few weeks ago…)

In 1985, Mr. Sumner struck out on his own after a lenghty, successful career with The Police, and his first solo effort, The Dream of the Blue Turtles? A musical masterpiece, thankyouverymuch. There were radio-friendly pop songs (“If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”), bluesy jazz riffs (“Shadows in the Rain”), and even a couple politically-charged songs designed to raise awareness of a couple of the world’s ills.

Chief among them was “Russians”. Borrowing a theme from (Russian) composer Sergei Prokofiev, the song hit home with many 80s kids: “You know, maybe if Sting’s singing about it, we should pay attention.”

From the opening sounds of a clock ticking, though some of the most haunting lyrics to come out of our favorite decade, “Russians” may not have burned up the pop charts (it only reached #16 for a week in March 1986), but it still lingers today as one of those songs…

“Mr. Krushchev said, ‘We will bury you!’
I don’t subscribe to this point of view.
It would be such an ignorant thing to do,
If the Russians love their children too.”

We ♥ Russians.

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~ by weheart80s on March 9, 2011.

One Response to “Russians”

  1. Oh man, this takes me back … I remember being in elementary school and one of my classmates drew a picture of Russian missiles being launched at the US and blowing stuff up. It freaked me out, esp. since “Red Dawn” was on HBO like every other day.

    But I also remember him misspelling Russia as “Rushia.”

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