Leningrad Cowboys: To be taken seriously?

One of the more interesting musical groups is the Leningrad Cowboys.  As is completely obvious from their band name, these Cowboys come from Finland.   They feature a “front band” which plays rock-based music wearing flashy costumes and sporting extremely long shoes and either 18 inch pompadour or beehive hairdos.  Backing up the band is what appears to be a large Russian military chorus.

But are they a real musical group?  Are they meant to be funny?  If so, why?  Are they actually funny? And if so, why? Continue reading