There are covers, and then, there are covers.
Spectators around the world smiled when Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs choir covered Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
The choice seemed to legitimize several videos floating around on YouTube of the Red Army Choir singing the Grammy-winning hit by the French house music duo. The uniformed men dance and move about as they sing, “…we’re up all night to get lucky.”
“Get Lucky” features Pharrell and was co-written by Daft Punk, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers.
Another western hit that made it into the ceremony was Queen’s, “We Are the Champions” with alternating verses in Russian and English sung by a group of winners of Russia’s version of ‘The Voice.’
The Russian pop group ‘Tatu’ performed their international hit, “Not Gonna Get Us.”
The ceremony’s director, Konstantin Ernst said the song pop is one of the few Russian songs that international viewers might recognize.
‘Tatu’ is known for putting on a lesbian act when they perform, but for the ceremony, they abstained from any kissing, and merely held hands.
Russian law bans what it considers gay propaganda.