Part of a strange list of my favorite secret classic dance songs, shared with Dead or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round’, Falco’s ‘Der Kommisar’ and anything ABBA, is Boney M’s Rasputin. The group had a lot of hits, but this to me is the ’70s Euro-disco BEST. How can anyone resist lyrics like:
Rah-rah Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen, There was a cat that really was gone.
Rah-rah Rasputin, Russia’s greatest love machine, it was a shame how he carried ooonn….
Hilarious! And strangely enough, the lyrics are also pretty historically accurate. So get up and dance to the German disco group manufactured by the guy who eventually put together Milli Vanilli. Go Boney M!… “Oh, those Russians!”
And speaking of Russians, I thought these two women of Baccara were total Soviet Svetlanas when I first saw this classic video just a few weeks ago. I can’t believe that I’ve never heard of Baccara before. Maria and Mayte, former Spanish flamenco artists, quickly became ’70s Euro-disco goddesses with this single.
This video is, well… surprising! There’s a lot to take in: the lyrics, outfits, dance moves, facial expressions, flower background… the list goes on. I was stunned but I did laugh a lot… “Baby, I wanna keep my reputation…”