Russian Police Perform ‘Get Lucky’ Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
Written by Tom Williams on 10th February, 2014
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Russia officially opened the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi overnight, and the ceremony had some very interesting musical highlights.
The Russian Police Choir (Yes, it’s real) performed a rather strange cover of Daft Punk‘s ubiquitous 2013 hit Get Lucky, complete with solos and a little awkward choreography. Watch a short snippet of the performance below, which took place live on international television.
Aside from that weirdness, Pitchfork are reporting that Russian pseudo-lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u, who had hits in the early noughties with All The Things She Said and Not Gonna Get Us, reunited on stage to perform the latter of the two songs (check out the footage here). The song was later mashed up with Queen‘s We Will Rock You when the Russian Olympic team appeared during the procession of countries.
People Magazine is reporting that the duo, consisting of Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova, held hands as they sang in front of thousands of screaming fans in Fisht Stadium. A number of rainbow-coloured dancers are also said to have performed behind them.
t.A.T.u’s return comes as the world focuses its attention on Russia, which has faced much condemnation recently over its anti-homosexuality legislation. The inclusion of t.A.T.u in the Sochi opening ceremony appears to be a challenge to these laws, but it’s not yet clear if the duo’s reunion was simply a momentary spectacle for the world’s media or something more long term.
Watch: Russian Police Choir perform Daft Punk’s Get Lucky at the Sochi Opening Ceremony
Massive cheers as soon as Russia is spotted!! "Not gonna get us" by Tatu remixed with "We will rock you" pic.twitter.com/QsZhd9Tz1V
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) February 7, 2014