Now these are beautiful singing faces.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is a world-class hockey player, but he’s also a prolific musician too. Consider his ever-growing library of songs: he dropped some sick rhymes and weird gyrations in Sasha Belyi’s Champion. And also whatever this was. And the time the Caps started a fake rock band!
And then on Wednesday, Ovechkin’s first foray into back-up vocals found its way onto the internet. This is worth four minutes of your undivided or somewhat distracted attention. Maybe pretend to work on a spreadsheet or something while watching this.
During the lockout, stars of the Russian national team gathered in Novogorsk along with Russian pop star Irina Allegrova to film a music video for the song Shaybu Shaybu, a pump-up pop number for the Sochi Olympics.
Here’s the chorus translated by Igor Kleyner.
Shaybu! Shaybu! Victory will be ours!
Shaybu! Shaybu! Guys, we are with you!
If we have to, we’ll score even more!
Shaybu! Shaybu! Russia is behind you!
Shaybu! Shaybu! Guys, you are strong!
We are the Russian team! We are are the Red Machine!
Ovechkin can be seen laughing, giggling, and kinda-sorta singing with Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeny Malkin, Alex Radulov, and Ilya Nikulin. Pavel Bure and Vladislav Tretiak also make appearances as well as well as an A list of Russian IIHF hall of famers.
The tune itself is an overblown jingle in the style of the Full House theme– complete with a canned horn section and glam-rock singalongs. While the group-sing shot of Ovi and company looks fun, there’s no way they used that audio on the actual record. Nikulin (the Tom Petty of this particular Traveling Wilburys lineup) really shouldn’t be moving the mic stand while he’s singing. Tretiak’s “We are the World” one-ear headphone thing is pure gold though.
It’s fun. And how could we ever hate a song all about the “Red Machine”?!
The Olympics cannot get here soon enough. Things are just gonna get weirder from here.
Thanks to RMNB reader Amanda D. for sending us the video.