Comrade K.K.

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#44 Comrade K.K.  
Comrade K.K. NH Texture.png
Album cover in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Live Performance
Composed by Toru Minegishi
Mood A little blue...
Owned by
Genre Ryūkōka
Instruments Accordion
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Tovaritch Kéké
 K.K. Compagno
 Товарищ К. К
 추억의 K.K.가요
 Camarade Kéké
 K.K. Freundelied
 Kameraad K.K.

"Comrade K.K." is a K.K. Slider song in the Animal Crossing series that first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori. The song is based upon ryūkōka, or early Shōwa-era popular music in Japanese. Ryūkōka combines aspects of Japanese and western folk music. The live version in particular resembles bard music, a genre that was common among amateur musicians in the former Soviet Union.

The Japanese title (Shōwa Keke Kayō, or "Shōwa-era K.K. Ballad") and album art reflect the influence of ryūkōka, while the English song title reflects the influence of bard music; the term comrade is commonly associated with Soviet Russia and communist politics.

Album cover[edit]

Album cover in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The album cover for "Comrade K.K.", originally used for its Japanese e-Reader card, features K.K. Slider with hair, glasses, and a suit. In New Leaf, K.K.'s portrait is against a gray and beige background with writing, akin to a classic Japanese record. In New Horizons, K.K.'s portrait is against a purple background, resembling pop art from the early 20th century. The New Horizons cover reads "けけ歌謡" (Keke Kayō) in kanji, meaning "K.K. Ballad"; this is derived from the song's Japanese name, "しょうわけけかよう" (Shōwa Keke Kayō), or "Shōwa-era K.K. Ballad."

K.K.'s appearance on the album cover may be a reference to the iconic ryūkōka singer Tarō Shōji, who wore similar rounded glasses. Shōji was a prominent leftist figure who studied Marxist economics, which fits with the connotations of the title "Comrade K.K." K.K.'s appearance may also be a reference to Soviet-era Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, which relates to the Russian folk style of the song and the Japanese song title.

The song's North American e-Reader card artwork is unique, and has a more overt Russian theme. It features Weber, Iggy, Rolf, Lobo, and K.K. Slider; they are wearing buttoned-up ushanka-style hats (popularized in the Soviet era) and performing a Russian folk dance, in front of a building resembling Saint Basil's Cathedral.


In Doubutsu no Mori[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Claude and Pippy.

In Doubutsu no Mori+[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori+, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Claude, Dobie, and Pippy.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

In Animal Crossing, "Comrade K.K." is played in Dobie's house.

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Boomer, Iggy, Kidd, and Lucy, and the aircheck of the song's live performance can be received from Iggy, Lucy, and Sven at maximum friendship.

In Wild World[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Wild World, "Comrade K.K." is played in Lucy's house.

In City Folk[edit]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Lucy and Marcel.

In New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Ken, Kidd, Lucy, and Marcel.

In New Horizons[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Curt, Frett, Greta, Hamphrey, Hopper, and Marcel. The aircheck of this song can be obtained from one of these villagers after visiting their house by their favor. This song's aircheck can also be purchased in Nook Shopping daily selection for  3,200 Bells.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Coach, Lobo, and Violet.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Avery, Coach, Curt, Lobo, Nibbles, and Violet.



Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese しょうわけけかよう
Shōwa Keke kayō
Shōwa-era K.K. Ballad

Korean 추억의 K.K.가요
Chueog-ui K.K. Gayo
K.K. Song of Memories

Simplified Chinese 昭和K.K.歌谣
Zhāohé K.K. Gēyáo
Shōwa-era K.K. Ballad

Russian Товарищ К. К.
Tovarishch K. K.
K.K. Comrade

Dutch Kameraad K.K.

German K.K. Freundelied K.K. Friend Song

European Spanish Tota-camarada K.K. Comrade

European French Tovaritch Kéké From Russian "Товарищ" (tovarishch), meaning "comrade"

Quebec French Camarade Kéké

Italian K.K. Compagno K.K. Comrade