|Single by Genghis Khan|
|from the album Genghis Khan|
|B-side||Moscow (German Version)|
|Label||7 Records / Image (5)|
|Single by Dschinghis Khan|
|from the album Dschinghis Khan|
|B-side||Rocking Son Of Dschinghis Khan|
|Dschinghis Khan singles chronology|
"Moscow" is an English-language single by the German pop-act Dschinghis Khan (known as Genghis Khan in Australia and other countries) released in 1980. The band's original German-language version from 1979 was entitled "Moskau".
Moskau – the German-language version
Moskau, the German-language version of the song, appears on their 1979 self-titled album Dschinghis Khan and their 1980 album Rom. The album version clocks six minutes, but the single version is four and a half minutes long.
Moscow – the English-language version
The song was released in an English-language version entitled "Moscow" in Australia in 1980, the year of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Australia's Channel 7 used the song as the theme to their television coverage of the Moscow Olympics. The song became a big hit in Australia, staying at #1 for six weeks.
The song also achieved an enormous underground popularity in the Soviet Union. A 15 second clip of the song's performance was shown as a part of the New Year holiday lineup on the state-run TV, leading to the immediate dismissal of the network's director.
In 2006, the song made its video game debut as a playable song in Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 2 after having been popularized in Japan by a viral misheard lyric video with 2ch characters. It is also a featured track in Just Dance 2014.
It was also played at the opening at Eurovision 2009 at Moscow, Russia for Semi Final 2.
- The song has also been covered by German black metal band Black Messiah.
- A Finnish version was recorded by Frederik and Tanssiorkesteri Lossimies as "Volga".
- This song was also covered by Hong Kong pop singer George Lam as "Olympics in Moscow" (Chinese:世運在莫斯科).
- In China a version with altered lyrics called Fen Dou (奋斗) was made by Da Zhangwei (大张伟).
- Georgie Dann made a Spanish version in 1980
- The chorus of the HammerFall song "At the End of the Rainbow" (originally written by Martin Albrecht and Andy Mück of Stormwitch) from the album Legacy of Kings seems partly inspired by the chorus of "Moskau".
- John Carpenter covered the tune for his movie The Fog.
- In live performances of their song "Sacrament of Wilderness," the symphonic metal band Nightwish plays a riff from Moskau at about the three-minute mark of the song.
- In the Czech Republic, the parody band Los Rotopedos produced a cover of the song in 2012. Los Rotopedos subsequently qualified to the top ten in the Český slavík song competition.
- Swedish group Vikingarna recorded a cover in Swedish, "Moskva", in 1980.
- "Genghis Khan* - Genghis Khan (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs website.
- "Genghis Khan* - Moscow (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Dschinghis Khan - Moskau (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- Genghis Khan* - Moscow (7") at Discogs
- "The biggest hits that never made No. 1 in Australia". Herald Sun. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Country=France, Genghis Khan* - Moscow (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Country=Brazil, Genghis Khan* - Moskau (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Country=Colombia, Genghis Khan* - Moscu (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- "Country=Japan, Genghis Khan* - Moskau / Rocking Son Of Dschinghis Khan (Vinyl)". Discogs website. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
- Dschinghis Khan Diskografie - Steppenwind.de
- Game: 1980 Moscow - Australian Olympic Committee
- Vocal group Dschinghis Khan as People's Artists of the USSR
- metal.de - CD-Review: Black Messiah - Of Myths And Legends
- Georgie Dann - Moscú
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