Music Monday: “Sixteen Tons”

Something simple, yet entertaining, for today. A cover of the folk song “Sixteen Tons,” made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford, by the Red Army Choir (officially known as the MVD Ensemble). The date and singer is unknown, as far as I can tell. The deep vocals, with the rough Russian accent, adds a unique layer to the song.

The song actually fits to the ideology of the Soviet Union: the greed of capitalism and businesses literally owning people to produce more product (in this case, coal).

It continues to be a popular piece in Russia. A concert venue in Moscow, 16 Tons, is named after the song, and is played before every showing.

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