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Rah, rah Rasputin!

It's been a few years since I heard this song, but a few of us were singing it at work the other day and now I can't get enough of Boney M.'s legendary Rasputin. Here's one version from 1978:A shorter version of the same show in color and better quality, but without the fun Moscow photo/film montage:How can the people sit still, looking bored, at the dinner party or whatever that event was? Impossible.Live at Top of the Pops, Christmas 1978:Wacky Count Rasputin version on Italian TV in 1978:And a 30-year reunion live version in Russia, 2008:Not as much to commend that, except the lip-syncing guy doing nice backflips on stage. And everyone having fun with it.There are more, but I'll stop here. It's one of disco's finest tracks.Back in the non-disco world, Rasputin had a daughter, and it's too bad she died before this song became famous:Rasputin's daughter, Maria Rasputin (Matryona Rasputina) (1898–1977), emigrated to France after the October Revoluti…