Goodnight Lenin Were one given to idle speculation as to where Goodnight Lenin drew inspiration for the band's name - historical antecedents might suggest it to be one of Uncle Joe Stalin's many sick-humored euphemisms used during his pogroms of mass liquidation. Said despotic maniac infamously arranged the demise of his exiled enemy, Trotsky, via a bizarre 'gardening accident' when the unfortunate Leon reluctantly, and very much terminally, head-butted an ice pick: ergo - ‘Goodnight Lenin.’ Sympathetically observed, you will of course recall, by The Stranglers' - in No More Heroes - because it '...made his ears burn!


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