Eduard Khil, Mr Trololo, has died. He was 77. He became an internet sensation when his made for Soviet-TV video from 1976 went viral a few years ago. As the story goes, he heard his grandson humming the song one day after school, and asked where he heard that. His grandson told him he was internet sensation, and he was, as you might expect, incredulous.
At first Mr. Khil was very skeptical, thinking everyone was making fun of him and the song, which of course we were. But at the same time the tune was catchy, and the character endearing. Eventually Mr. Khil became pragmatic and took on good humor about his new-found fame, embracing his internet stardom and even coming out of retirement to perform his smash hit..
And there’s a real Cold War-era twist to how the song came about, and why it became as famous as it was. Although some accounts vary, there seems to be consistency behind the true etiology of “Trololol,” originally a song entitled: (translated, obviously) “I Am Glad, ‘Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home.”
The song was an ode to the old American West, with wildly provocative pro-American lyrics, about a cowboy riding home to his wife who is knitting him socks. Well, it was provocative enough that the Soviet censors rejected the lyrics. And in what seems to have been a statement of political protest and irony, Khil and his producer decided to record the song, sans lyrics, but with the famous “Trololol.” The deranged laughter has still never been explained.
So, one more time, the Trololol man.. enjoy