This song cracks me up so much ahh! “Rasputin” by Boney M is essentially a biography disguised as a disco song about none other than Rasputin, the infamous mystic who served as a healer to the Romanov family, and, as many historians assert, contributed to the demise of their entire dynasty. I have been obsessed with Russian history since I was in grade school. I read a historical fiction book written as if it was the diary of Anastasia Romanov when I was like 10 and I was hooked. This interest was only solidified by my AMAZING 7th grade history teacher, Ms. Granquist, who really made the characters throughout Russia’s history come alive. In my opinion, Russian history is the closest thing we have to real-life fairytales. The good guys were SO good, and the bad guys were SO bad, and it’s so dark and brooding and romantic and oh, I could go on and on. I have not a trace of Russian ancestry, and yet I feel like I may have been a Russian tsarina in a past life, I’m that captivated.
But back to Rasputin. He was almost positively a rapist, in addition to having a ridiculous amount of willing aristocratic women who saw him as some sort of irresistible holy man. While rumors persist that Tsarina Alexandra and Rasputin were more than just weirdly close confidants, he was inarguably the only person she trusted to ease her hemophiliac son’s pain. When she started taking political advise from him, and impressing it on her husband Tsar Nicholas II…well, that wasn’t so great for any of the parties involved. Long story short, Rasputin was murdered, the entire Romanov family was murdered, and that was the end of Russian Imperialism.
Jump ahead sixty years to the 1970s and Boney M, a German pop group, wrote this ridiculously catchy song! It boils down the legend of Rasputin to a ladies man who took his lust too far and eventually ended up getting axed, but I don’t even care because it’s such a fun, ridiculous topic for a song. The beat is perfect for a roller disco, but rather than pair it with a 70s style outfit, I chose this forest green lace dress. This is one of those choices that may only make sense to me, but it’s because nearly every depiction and/or photograph of the Romanov daughters includes at least one of them in a lace dress, including the cover of that fictional diary that started my obsession. Lace must have been super fashionable at that time in Russia, and now when I see a lace dress I think it looks “1900s Russia.”
Ra ra Rasputin
Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
I found this gorgeous dress at a boutique in Brooklyn Heights, and I feel like royalty when I wear it…Russian royalty, in particular. 😉
Listen to it here! “Rasputin”-Boney M