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Verka Serduchka by Snuppy
Monday, 10 September 2007, 9:52am
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verkaWILL ya look at that? Monday morning, and, even as we type, NOT-Hazel is on her way back over to our house to tell us why she can’t clean as “thoroughly” as she’d like today. Reasons will no doubt include: A) she’s tired after spending all weekend polishing her jewelry, B) she just had her nails done C) she “forgot” this was our day, and has made “other plans” D) she never cleaned thoroughly in the past… why the hell start now?

WHATEVER, if we don’t get busy with the “pre-clean” it’ll be our fault the counters don’t get soft-scrubbed. So we’re racing through this post in order to have enough time to race through our own unique brand of “housework”.

WITHOUT the fabulous CD our dear PENGUIN thoughtfully brought out on her last visit, we might never have fully appreciated the joy — nay, the wonder that is: Eurovision. Which is, we’re happy to report, a larger, more festive, infinitely more entertaining version of its tawdy successor, American Idol. That’s right, we said it… Eurovision is hella awesome. Despite the fact that the “contest” ended a couple of months ago, we’re bringing Eurovision up now because we need a good song with which to A) kick off a new week, in order to B) counter LAMPSHA’S dreamy spin over the weekend, but also because C) it’s freaking hilarious, yet D) hella kick-ass.

CONTINUING with our nonsensical-yet-alphabetically ordered train of thought, we decided it would be hella cool to feature cross-dressing Ukrainian Verka Serduchka’s energetic performance, because A) we like it, B) he/she comes as close to a Russian entertainer as we can find on such short notice C) Wednesday is Russia’s official Day of Conception (thanks for that fab info, Actonbell) D) screw you, since when did we need a reason to share something hella kitchy in the Snark? Oh, alright…we confess. Originally we planned to share Russia’s Eurovision Entry, what with the “conception day”/slutty Russian performers, and all. But then we got distracted by Verka’s shiny costume, and all bets were off.

MUSICAL opposite? Oh yeah. Will you laugh? We did. That said, the only thing you’ll find “cheap” about this video is the fact that teh funny little Penguin featured it on her own blog back when it first aired on… what? That’s right, on “Eurovision”. Meaning we could have used something else, this time around. But guess what, we thought it was hella fun back then, and we still do. So shut the hell up, and enjoy.

WE’RE happy to report there’s more — so much more — to know about Verka Serduchka. Anyone with more than a passing interest should start with HIS/HER WEBSITE, (tho’ good luck with that, unless you speak the language, you’ll be up shitska creeksa) and work your way over to HER/HIS MYSPACE page (much easier to “read” and the videos are fabtastic). Knock youselves out… and danze away this Monday like there’ll be no tomorrow — even tho’ there will. Not only that, but with any luck at all, CRUMMYJOEL* will get over the Wolverines’ latest loss (d’oh!) in time to whip up one of his hilarious posts. Otherwise, we might have to do another one of our own, and you know what that means… Sieben, Sieben Ai lyu lyu ein, zwei, drei! (in other words, we haven’t a clue)

*UPDATE: Happy Happy 3rd (!) Bloggaversary, Not-at-all-crummy-CrummyJoel! Whoa — we knew you were special, but we had NO idea you’ve been dazzling church-sign lovin’ folks for nigh on to 3 years! “‘The size of the tool doesn’t matter in the Master’s hand’ — it’s a whole different story if you ask Mrs. The Master“?? Hahahaha. Clearly you’ve always been good at this “crummy church sign” humor thing! Here’s hoping you entertain us with “crumminess” for many years to come — with or without The Master’s help (and/or His hand).

~snuppy

note: had we wanted to take our musical opposites/cheap laughs thing to all new lows, we would SO have featured the video you’ll find on MTV’S SITE from last night’s opening act… ‘cuz, damn. Not just “damn”, hella damn.

Everyone’s hella gay happy on Humor-blogs.com.

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heh. last night it seemed like a grand-yet-hilarious idea to use Actonbell’s comment about Russia’s Day of Conception as a “hook” (and thanks to her mom, the hilarious and wonderful TAN LUCY PEZ, for bringing it to my attention) for today’s “musical opposite/cheap laughs” offering. in my head, this “works”. but we all know my concept of “funny” is sketchy, at best.

oh, and BY ALL MEANS, check out the MTV site, because i’m telling you, Britney Spears may be “back”, but after her performance on the MTV Awards Show, she won’t be back for long. poor thing… πŸ˜‰

Comment by One Hot Puppy

Oh that wacky Verka Serduchka…hey…wasn’t teh Penguin supposed to perform that number during her last visit?

Comment by BoBo

I can see now that one of my Crummy Tuesday posts will have to be my old band’s Crummy music video….heh heh….

Comment by CrummyJoel

BoBo: in fact, i could have sworn i saw the outfit featured in the video hanging up in the guest room closet. that Penguin… πŸ˜‰

Crummy(yet NOT) Joel: oh, you SO have to do that, my friend! and i, for one, can’t wait to see it! πŸ™‚

Comment by snuppy

Hmmm, Eurovision. Been here for 7 of ’em and I’m VERY pleased to report I’ve “missed” them all.

Comment by I Dive At Night

IDAN: (i’m liking Lampsha’s nickname) i wouldn’t mention that to teh Penguin, if i were you…

just sayin’… πŸ™„

Comment by snuppy

Okay, I’m laughing just looking at the picture of Verka up above, so I can’t wait to see what treasures the video holds when I get home.

I didn’t see the VMA’s, but I see the opening act is getting soundly panned in the papers. If she doesn’t watch it, she’ll be doing not Hazel’s job.

Good luck on the preclean – we’ll talk later!

XOX

Comment by Lampsha

Too bad Britney didn’t decide to dress like Verka Serduchka. I have a feeling she would have been much better off.

Comment by Jeff

I couldn’t get the video to play correctly, but I went over to YouTube and found one titled: Ukraine 2007 Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Dubai. OMG! Sooooooo funny!

I watched the Britney thingie. Sad. Pitiful. She should take her millions and go to school to learn a trade. I’m thinkin’ hooking might be her forte.

Comment by TLP

That’s the one from Eurovision and Minka? 7,7 ailulu?

I’m going on strike!

Hell no, we won’t go!

Hell no, we won’t go!

Hell no, we won’t go!

Hell no, we won’t go!

Comment by Walela

Hilarious! Yeah, these are the kind of songs that make Eurovision…weird! My kids love watching it, and they always hope that Spain will win, which it never does. Spain hasn’t won since 1969 – I don’t know if that’s a good sign or a bad one.

Comment by Theresa

Lampsha: if this guy doesn’t qualify as an “opposite” to Ben Harper, i don’t know who does. trust me, you’ll love the video — somehow, i suspect your kids will, too! ooh, and based on poor Britney’s slipshod performance, she’d make Not-Hazel look awesome in the “cleaning” department. πŸ™„

Jeff: come to think of it, she might have been lipsynching the words to this song, in stead of her own. honestly, she may as well have been. πŸ˜‰

TLP: i’m sorry — it plays well enough on both our computers. oh well, as long as you got to see it, one way or the other, i guess it’s all good (all his videos are featured on his myspace page, and they’re ALL a hoot) i just liked this one because it’s the “official” video, so it has a few “extras”. πŸ™‚

Walela: whaaaaat?? i thought you loveloveloved this act. go figure… πŸ™„

Theresa: not surprised to know your kids enjoy Eurovision. i’m telling you, Monika played every single song on BOTH of the CDs for me on our way up to Boston, and even THAT was a fantastic show! (what can i say, her commentary was priceless) πŸ™‚

Comment by snuppy

Si se puede!

Si se puede!

Si se puede!

Si se puede!

Si se puede!

Comment by Walela

wow that dude is weird.

Comment by Chris C

Walela: what if i buy you a shiny hat with a star on top to wear in the privacy of your own “happy danze” moments? πŸ˜‰

Chris: well, yeah. heh heh. weird, but in a good way (i think). πŸ™‚

Comment by snuppy

Oh amiga de mi corazΓ³n, this post had me cracking up on SO many levels and though you speak of Eurovision your hella funny quips, the hella funny subject of this hella funny post is SO San Francisco!

First and foremost, back in college at SFSU, “hella” was considered quite the SF thing to say… and the rest, well, this ain’t the gay capital of the world for nada!

Funny thing is that on Saturday, as I drove home cutting through my favorite part of town, the Castro (for those not in the know it’s the official gay part of town and it is utterly beautiful and clean and tidy and organized… an OCDish, fag hag gal’s heaven I tell ya!), there was a guy/woman, um, drag Queen wannabe who was walking through town, no heads turning whatsoever to give him/her a look as such a sight is oh so normal here, with a rainbow tie-dye dress on, a HUMONGOUS headress on that stuck out to the sides and his face completely painted white, glorious chest hair sticking out where breasts were meant to be on his manly frame…

All this to say that this horrendous-and-funny-in-its-gawdiness video so reminded me of that… Verka Serduchka, you have a home in SF FO SHO!

Bueno amiga mia, thank you for the faboo find, the hella fun time, the oh so many laughs and chuckles, the memories of yore (hell you damn bohemian! They are of a mere TWO days ago biatch!), and an all around good time had FO SHOETTY SHO SHO! And with that, off I go to coach the girl with her HW as I dream of my fabulous and oh so comfy side of the bed… *sigh*

Besos to you my dearest Neva de mi corazΓ³n!

And with all that…

BoheMia OUT!

Comment by Catty Yummy Mummy

How shiny?

Comment by Walela

CYM: dearest of dear amigas!! thanks for those oh-too-kind words. but i cannot and WILL not take credit for this amazing find, for that belongs to our beloved Penguin, who saw fit to share the joy that is Verka earlier this summer! loving the image of you driving up and down the streets of SF, in all your hella-happy glory! have fun doing the HW (guess that means she’s in school, now, eh? and YAY!) many besos para tΓ­, sweetest of all BoheMians! πŸ™‚

Walela: as shiny as those two eggs looking back up at you in the picture your fabulous blogmama saw fit to share in THIS HILARIOUS POST. trust me, you’ll be pretty. and every ADDled person for miles around will stop whatever the hell it is they’re doing, just to watch you come… and go πŸ˜‰

Comment by snuppy

BIg grin on my face right now. This is worth coming back to teh city for.
My dear snuppy, what a wonderful and funky post, indeed. (shitska creeksa=LOL!)

There is nothign like Eurovision and Teresa, Spain sucks each year, germnay is never far behind and we all hate the Frnech anyway πŸ™‚

So much passion, so much laughter and so much unnecessary sparkle…you gotta love it!

Comment by Penguin

SHE’S BA-A-A-ACK! yay Penguin!! i was afraid you were off playing Monkey Island somewhere, and got lost (heh — it can happen when figuring out all those puzzles, eh?) so glad it was nothing more than a trip out to the country that kept you away. not only am i relieved to learn you spent a bit of time out there, i’m happy! and yes, i adored Verka when you shared that first video on your blog last spring — and even MORE after you put your “spin” on everything “Eurovision” for me on our trip to Boston! (too fun and/or funny)

that said, have to say i was a touch surprised and/or amused by the “nudity” at the tail (heh) end of this version of the video. those Ukrainians… they’re awesome!!! πŸ˜‰

Comment by snuppy

Verka looks like she/he gets her/his costume consulting from Devo. Very funny, especially the x-ray glasses that miraculously exclude certain bits of underwear. Are people in Europe actually (and by that I mean seriously) entertained by this stuff??

Comment by Claire

Claire: Devo, with a little help from Nomi, perhaps (or not). i can’t say whether all Europeans are entertained, but i know i am. of course, i had the advantage of having all the “particulars” explained to me by one of Eurovision’s “biggest” fans. also… not ALL songs are as, um, flamboyant as this one was! πŸ™‚

Comment by snuppy

European television makes even less sense than Spanish language TV in the U.S.

That Britney video made my pancreas hurt.

Comment by Diesel

Snuppy, you thought the nudity was Ukrainian? That’s in the video because Verka is queerer than queer. (“Not that there’s anything wrong with that”, Seinfeld)

If I thought “kampy” was a good thing I would love Eurovision. But honestly, it doesn’t hold a candle to “normal” life in Amsterdam.

Comment by I Dive At Night

Morgan, I believe Verka is not queer. At all. It is a show. At least I remember reading soemthign to that extend somewhere.

Snuppy, to give people the full range of eurovision (so America doesn’t think we have no taste!) one musical opposite shoudl feature a greta song, like Sebia or something from last year.

I grant you guys, Eurovision is an aquired taste. You have to imagine each single state of teh US sending a representative to a song competition…the laughter that would create as States can be very different in taste. Culturally it is educating, geographically it is locating and well, we all love a good party πŸ™‚

Comment by Penguin

Diesel: don’t you wish we got to watch MORE of it over here? in fact, i’ll bet Britney “rediscovers” her career over there! first Jerry Lewis, now little Miss Oops, I Did It Again. it could work. πŸ™„

Morgan: hahaha. trust me, i “got” the nudity thing. not sure he’s batting for the other team, or just a great performer — but i do know i think he/she’s fantastic! i had no idea life was so… Kitchy in Amsterdam. do tell! πŸ˜‰

Penguin: in fact, i said the SAME thing to son #2 just last night, as i was trying to explain the whole Eurovision thing to him! and i used the Serbian song as the example of how amazing much of the music really is. and you already know i agree with you 100% on the “educational/geographical” aspect of the event, too. i wasn’t kidding when i told you how much i enjoyed listening to the CDs (your commentary only added immeasurable fun to the “experience”). personally, i’m wondering why some producer hasn’t thought of doing an Americanized version of it (why not include Canada and South & Central America while we’re at it.) come to think of it…….. πŸ˜‰

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