Artur Pirozhkov

Artur Pirozhkov (Артур Пирожков) is a stage name—one of many—for entertainer Aleksandr Vladimirovich Revva (Александр Владимирович Ревва). Of Estonian ancestry, his family immigrated to Donetsk, Ukraine, where their last name was eventually Slavicized to Revva (from Erwa). His father, a renowned mathematician and professor in Donetsk, and his mother separated when he was fairly young. He was raised, along with his twin sister, by his mother in Sochi, while his father, to this day, has remained largely absent from his life.

Although Pirozhkov began his entertainment career as a comedian—and then an actor and television host—he expanded his artistic talents into music in 2010. His music, however, appears largely as an extension of his comedy, with Pirozhkov appropriating a wide array of pop styles in order to portray a tongue-in-cheek caricature of a narcissistic pop star. Beginning with a string of singles throughout the first half of the decade, he finally released his first album, Love (Любовь), in 2015.

Pirozhkov began his entertainment career via a television comedy game show, KVN (Club of Funny and Resourceful People—or, in Russian, Клуб Весёлых и Начодчивых), where he participated on the team Burned by the Sun (Утомлённые Солнцем). This experience would propel him to further television work, including a long stint in Moscow’s Comedy Club and as a host on the NTV program You’re Funny!, where he formed the alter ego Artur Pirozhkov. Starting in 2008, Pirozhkov also began a voice-acting career in animated films, and in 2014 he struck out into the live-action-film world with Лёгок на Помине (the Russian equivalent of the English phrase “peak of the devil”).

His musical career began with the release of the single “Paradise” (“Пэрэдайз”) in 2010. Prior to the release of his first album, Pirozhkov would see the release of seven more singles. Despite a rather muted critical reception, Pirozhkov has nonetheless found a sizeable audience for his eclectic brand of pop.

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His first single, “Paradise” (“Пэрэдайз”):

 

Lyrics for “Пэрэдайз”:

Если тебе одиноко и слезки бегут ручьем
И парни к тебе жестоки,набери мой простой телефон
8-9-16-17-21-13-12-15-1
И тогда подойдет к телефону
Знаешь кто? Кто? Кто? Кто? Кто?
Не знаешь?

Артур Пирожков наставит мужу рожков!
Артур Пирожков согреет теплом, своим пирожком!

А если сел твой мобильный
Расстраиваться не спеши!
Сядь, успокойся, расслабься
И адрес мой запиши
Новокузнецкая область
Красногвардейский район
Поселок железно-дорожный, 24 дом.
Когда ты войдешь во двор,

К тебе подбежит черная большая собака
Не пугайся – она добрая!
Постучи в дверь 3 раза
Вот так: “Тук-тук-тук”
И тогда тебе откроет дверь
Знаешь кто? Кто? Кто? А? А?
Знаешь? Не знаешь?

Артур Пирожков не дарит цветов, не пишет стихов!
Артур Пирожков он просто герой эротических снов!

Juice, beach, beauty free, all inclusive, paradise…

Artur Pirozhkov. I fuck you, I need you, I love!
Artur Pirozhkov, he’s waiting for you
Artur Pirozhkov

 

The video for the title track on his album Love (Любовь):

 

Lyrics for “Любовь”:

По любви ли или от волнения
Я сгораю, ищу спасения
Ты смеёшься и дуешь губы
Я нормальный, поверь мне, Люба

Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Я задену тебя за живое
Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Идеальным я буду с тобою, Люба
Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Я желание исполню любое
Оу-оу, е, о-оу-оу, е
Невозможно же спорить с любовью, Люба

Не молчи же, скажи хоть слово
Смотришь мимо, уходишь снова
Ты шикарна и я красивый
Без тебя мне невыносимо

Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Я задену тебя за живое
Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Идеальным я буду с тобою, Люба
Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Я желание исполню любое
Оу-оу, е, о-оу-оу, е

Невозможно же спорить с любовью, Люба

Сделай шаг ближе, ближе
Сердца стук ты слышишь, слышишь
Не молчи, не молчи
Не молчи, не молчи
Сделай шаг ближе, ближе
Сердца стук ты слышишь, слышишь
Не молчи, не молчи
Не молчи
Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Я задену тебя за живое
Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Идеальным я буду с тобою, Люба
Оу-оу, е, оу-оу, е
Я желание исполню любое
Оу-оу, е, о-оу-оу, е
Невозможно же спорить с любовью, Люба

Оу-оу, е, о-оу-оу, е
Оу-оу, е, о-оу-оу, е
Я задену тебя за живое

 

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Michael Filitis is a recent MA graduate from the University of Chicago where he concentrated on early Soviet nationalities policy, propaganda, and the rise of nationalism in Eastern Europe. A recipient of SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship his current focus is the improvement of his Russian language skills with the goal of pursuing a Phd in Russian history and political science. Outside of academia, he enjoys playing and composing music, eating to excess, movies about space, and contemplating a more active lifestyle.