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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Gorby and Raisa' Get Down on Steamy Techno Tune

Recording artist Igor Kezlya needed a gimmick. Today's techno -- the spasm-inducing music blasted at discos across Moscow -- all sounds numbingly alike. How do you set a new single apart?


By using the voice of Mikhail Gorbachev. Talking dirty.


"I'm going to give it to you," says the man who dismantled the Soviet Union. And clearly, he's not talking about the Communists.


"Aaaaaaaah!" screams a female voice in the background, apparently getting it. Only those very few who have actually heard Raisa Gorbachev scream will know for certain if it is her. But many others will get the general idea.


In truth, neither of the voices on Kezlya's new single "Vnedryozh," belong to the famous former first couple. But the single, performed under the pseudonym "Gospodin Daduda" is an outrageous compendium of Gorbachevisms, cast against a woman's shrieks of passion.


There are Gorbachev's trademark grammatical mistakes. The tired-as-borshch cliches. The soporific party congress excerpts. All incredibly realistic, and somehow, danceable.


"Aaaaaaaaah!" goes the voice, again.


"I understand your reaction," said Gorbachev, spouting the same words he would hurl at combative anti-reformists.


A lot of the record's word play hardly translates into English. Then again, it doesn't translate all that well into Russian, either, much like Gorbachev's many malapropisms. "If you listen to 10 techno songs in a row," said Kezlya, jealously guarding the names of the impressionists, "none of them stays in your head. I wanted to give this song something that makes it stand out."


It does. When Russkoye Radio began spinning the disc this month, the phones started ringing. Opinions on the song were about as diverse as opinions on Gorbachev's tenure in the Kremlin.


"People called us and told us it was genius, and fun," said Alexander Bunin, programming director for Russkoye Radio. "Then there were people who called and said they were going to hang everyone in the office because we were making fun of a great man."


The public relations people at the Gorbachev Foundation don't listen to the right radio stations. No one there has heard the song yet. Spokesman Vladimir Polyakov said he couldn't comment."What kind of reaction could there be to music?" he asked.


Plenty. Discos are demanding the single, record stores began selling the disc last week, and radio request shows are jammed.


"Russian people like it when their politicians are in new and different situations, it makes them closer to the people," Bunin said. "As soon as there are no jokes, there is no popularity."


When was the last time you heard a Boris Yeltsin joke?


Kezlya hopes Gorbachev shares his sense of humor. And free speech.


""I think if he's a person with a true sense of humor, he should like it,"" Kezlya said. ""He and his wife, too.""