t.A.T.u – The beginning of the end, really.


The first time I ever saw a t.A.T.u music video was in a bowling alley in New Caledonia. I was living with a family there on a foreign language exchange. The song was charting locally at the time and was absolutely everywhere. I was only about 15 at the time, so the video sort of stuck in my mind. Two Russian girls in uniforms singing in the rain and making out is incredibly memorable when you’re only 15.


According to Wikipedia, Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova are the most famous Russian pop duo to date.


In the United Kingdom, TV presenters Richard and Judy campaigned to have the video All The Things She Said  video banned from TV claiming it pandered to paedophiles with the use of school uniforms and young girls kissing. Although their campaign failed, other TV shows took a negative stance to the video and the girls’ kissing. In each of the four times Top of the Pops aired a live performance of the girls, the kiss was replaced with footage of the audience (sometimes kissing) instead.


Now they’ve grown up I suppose.

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