Saturday, April 29, 2006

Debout les damnés de Bush

As Long As We're Talking Anthems...

Our Lord and Savior president, who really ought to be paying attention to more important things, thinks the Stars & Stripes should be sung exclusively in English (make that American, goddammit), as if singing the anthem in French or Swahili or Marsian could in any way diminish its admittedly (and susprisingly) inspiring bombast. Here's one that sounds great in any language, even if its uses were as idiotic as its intended legacy: click here for a low-grade version (streamed through the Caucasus or some such place), and here for a better-quality one. Both versions compliments of the choir and orchestra of Bolshoi Theatre, conducted, in 1977, by G. Rozhdestvensky.