Love Contraband is the second single to be taken from Mumiy Troll’s album, ‘Vladivostok’. Even though it’s the Russian rock band’s tenth studio album, it’s the first in English.
The video opens with a rocket being carried on the back of a train to a launchpad; the band members appear dressed in space suits. Love Contraband uses the love of Russia as a metaphor for the love of a woman, with lyrics such as “I’m the one my country misses/It needs my love, my hugs and kisses/Don’t ask me why”. The line following, “I haven’t got a clue”, is sung repeatedly while a half-naked woman swims around underwater.
Ilya Lagutenko, the lead singer, has a distinctive voice, partly because of the slight Russian accent he sings in, and partly because he has the ability to sound serious and playful simultaneously. Also, it helps that he sings such brilliant and quirky lines: “We never really mind the bollocks/Radioactive alcoholics”. Add a simple but incredibly catchy guitar riff, and you have an excellent pop song.