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Finland, Finland, Finland... - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
July 4th, 2001
06:21 pm


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Finland, Finland, Finland...
(title alludes to Monty Python)

A local newspaper reports of Jukka Ammondt (whose name it unfortunately renders in Hebrew letters as JUKA AMOND, instead of the correct YUKA AMONT), a wacky Finnish professor of literature, who has released a CD with songs by Elvis Presley, all translated and sung in Latin. For this outlandish endeavor he won much reknown and possibly even money, and was actually lauded by the pope himself (though I can't see why...)

But industrious Ammondt did not rest on his laurels! He's about to release a CD of Presley's music, this time translated and sung in ancient Sumerian!

I tell you, some people have all the fun...

Current Mood: bemused, but slightly envious
Current Music: Mozart's Requiem (K626) - Karl Boehm, Wiener Philharmonik

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Date:July 4th, 2001 08:29 am (UTC)


there is an italian fusion group called "Deus ex Machina". they sing in Latin, too. unlike Latin translations of Elvis songs (and the originals, for that matter), DeM's songs have some merit besides novelty. ;)

I'm certainly not nocking the sheer novelty of Elvis songs sung in Latin, though!
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Date:July 4th, 2001 08:34 am (UTC)

songs by Elvis Presley, all translated and sung in Latin.

What, you mean they had to translate them?
Did he live even before the Romans? Did they have to translate them from ancient Greek?

Gosh, how time flies...
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