The Leningrad Cowboys is a Finnish rock band famous for its humorous songs, ludicrous hairstyles and concerts featuring the Russian military band Alexandrov ensemble.
The band was an invention of the Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki for the feature film "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" (1989). The fictional band, however, was made up of Sakke Järvenpää and Mato Valtonen, members of a real Finnish band the Sleepy Sleepers with some additional musicians.
After the film, the band took on a life of its own, recording music, making videos and giving concerts. The band appeared in two other Aki Kaurismäki films, the Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994) and the Total Balalaika Show (1994), which is a film of a concert performed by the band and the full 160-member Alexandrov ensemble in Helsinki, Finland in June 1993.
In 2009 the Leningrad Cowboys went to Mexico to race the legendary La Carrera Panamericana Rally...
this is the third trailer in High Definition - covering the race and the madness behind it. Thank you very many!
Sakke Järvenpää - Race driver and Leningrad Cowboys Boss
Hannu Toivonen - Race co-pilot and Mechanic
Pete Vainio - Mechanic & Driver for the service car
Hemmo - Mechanic & Driver for the service car
Dirk "Ultimo" Behlau - Mr. Camera
Mikko Hultman - Mr. "Manager"
Edited & produced by Pixeleye Interactive for Leningrad Cowboys