Mumiy Troll just got the attention of NPR's All Songs Considered blog. The article, entitled Mumiy Troll's 'Hey Tovarish': Channel Surfing in Russia, was posted on May 7, 2012. In the blog post, Mumiy Troll frontman Ilya Lagutenko explains the meaning of "Hey Tovarish" to journalist Dan Raby, "We're kind of like the kid in the video, dreaming of becoming international rock stars. Like him, we believe pursuing your dream is a reward in and of itself. As a bonus, when you watch the video and listen the song you learn at least ONE word in Russian. "Tovarish" means Comrade and Amigo at the same time. And you don't even have to see a single Russian spy, mafioso or pretty blond in the video! Amazing, yes?"
Our very own Steve Porcaro added, "The trickiest part was trying to come up with something humorous that was also appropriate for the song, since it has a very epic and dramatic feel. The idea of a kid flipping through the channels looking for cartoons, only to continually find the band, seemed like a good place to start. Then came the scooter and the fans, which helped enhance the dream-like feel to the whole thing."
Visit NPR's All Songs Considered blog to read the entire article.