What does the Kino group mean to me? Victor Tsoi`s memories. Part 1
If to be objective, then from all set of the Soviet groups of the period of reorganization only two got really national mass love of youth - NAUTILUS with its album “Separation“ and CINEMA with an album “Blood type“. I perfectly remember how on the result of school study in 1988 I infinitely drove on the tape recorder the cartridge with “Blood type“, admiring first of all just hit melody of songs and an unusual vocal of the performer with an exotic surname Tsoi.
The unexpected early death of the leader of CINEMA only added fuel to the fire of national honoring. As usual in such cases, Tsoi right there “zabronzovet“ and gained some semi-mystical “messianic“ lines. And if earlier it carried quite adequate title of “a generation voice“, then now he began to be called “the Last Hero“ (though Konstantin Kinchev still lives and is well), “prophet“, “the ingenious poet“...
Though is not enough - malsk it is perfectly visible to the widely-read and objective person that Victor Tsoi`s texts (itself - that he never called them “poetry“) are unartful, and in itself sometimes teeter on the brink of banality and a primitive. Though kill, but the text it seems “And me dreamed
the world the love governs,
A dreamed me the world the dream governs,
A over it perfectly burns a star...
Ya woke up and understood - trouble...“
it is difficult for i to call
even a good lyrics and not that to try to discover in it secret codes and messages. Read Victor deep treatments of the songs from admirers, he with all the heart would laugh. What - what, and feelings of irony to Tsoi was not to occupy.
In the musical plan of a song of CINEMA also seem too simple and remind marvelous mix of a domestic song with the western “new wave“. Tsoi did not hesitate to call the creativity of bottoms at all - music, always trimmed “sails to the wind“, trying to be actual and fashionable. And the most important - never lost the person, opened one simply stronger, another its parties.
By the way, some monotony of songs of Tsoi - seeming also is a consequence of the same arrangements and a special manner of singing. Those who played different songs of CINEMA the guitar, probably, noticed that at all simplicity, harmonies repeat seldom (what you will not tell about the same BG) and it is not enough rather similar songs. In my opinion, Tsoi in general was a beautiful melodist - his motives and guitar riffs (we will not forget also about the guitarist of CINEMA - to Kasparyana) easily laid down aurally. “Blood type“, “Pack of cigarettes“, “Star by the name of the Sun“ are guessed from the first sounds.
What person was Victor Robertovich in real life, to tell me - the stranger - difficult, and Tsoi on public never revealed, gave interview laconic before mockery and it and it is not especially interesting. Remembering the leader of CINEMA, it is better to walk on its albums, the benefit since the time of Andrey Tropillo a discography becomes a clue of semi-underground Soviet fate.
the Album “45“ (1982)
Though I began with
acquaintance to CINEMA with an album “Blood type“, today the best I recognize the very first album. As it is paradoxical sounds. Semi-acoustic record with a minimum of special effects sounds is much fresher, is more original and more sincere than late records. In fact, in “45“ all those lines which will be developed by CINEMA further - everyday life of the ordinary domestic guy (“Time is, and there is no money“, “Idler“, “My friends“), sincere unartful lyrics (“Tree“, “Sunny days“), ironical songs about love (“Eighth-grader“), playful (“Sitar played“) and absurd (“Aluminium Ogrurtsa“) sketches, and, at last, the habitual images brought to gloomy existential symbols (“Electric train“) are planned already.
“Electric train“ - in general an ingenious example of how the primitive prosaic text (in which simple thoughts of the guy shivering in the platform are it seems described) and monotonous two-accord music together recreate effect of a fatal mystical hopelessness. By the way, and “Cucumbers“ not so are torn off from reality. According to the partner Tsoi of that time in CINEMA - Alexey Ryby - the image was initiated by a trip to collective farm where cucumbers on the become limp field “had an appearance of absolutely inorganic objects-cold, gray, slippery, heavy pieces“.
the Album “Chief of Kamchatka“ (1984)
Of course, from the point of view of music and experimental approach is the most interesting and various album of CINEMA. The lot of the invited people plays that cannot but cause some distortions. So Titov`s bass (the player then in parallel both at CINEMA and in the AQUARIUM) just rumbles in songs, covering with the rumble a rhythm - a guitar.
Which - where in texts Tsoi by inertia subtilizes in style of the senior idol - Grebenshchikova (“General“, ““Kamchatka“ want to be with you“), but all the same does it in own way, and subsequently in general will avoid imitation. In the majority of songs all same domestic squabbles reaching in Tsoi`s hands of some special relevancy dominate. Ordinary “Trolleybus“ - the brother of previous “Electric train“ - suddenly under fighting rhythms goes east, aimless throwings on kitchen find bitterly - ironical notes (“The last hero“), and not less aimless shastanye down the street a romantic aura (“Walk of the romantic“).
It is necessary to tell that in those days the group tried to try on the image of “new romantics“ checked in the West - stepped on the stage in a jabot and ringlets. The Korean in a jabot and ringlets looked, to put it mildly, strange, and quickly refused idea.
Albums “Night“, “It Is not Love“ (1985 - 86)
Specially united these albums together because they are united by the general direction in which then the group tried to work. And then CINEMA directed all the forces to doing “fashionable youth (and even dancing!) the priest - music“. The niche really was very perspective, and Tsoi as we know, knew inside out this subject.
“Night“ which record was begun in 1984 at the same Tropillo`s studio, was urged to become this most “fashionable“ album. But its exit dragged on, and in the spring of 1985 CINEMA group in few days writes down an album “It Is not Love“ at Alexey Vishni. In the song “In search of a Plot“ published the previous year Tsoi claimed that he “Is not able to sing about love and is not able to sing about flowers“. Despite it and on the name of an album - “It is not love“ generally narrated about love. But “You often pass all these by without seeing me“ and “Leave, but leave me the number“ bathed the strongest irony of the performer. This comic and intermediate album actually was discovery of that rokopops style which in 1997 Lagutenko will declare. But it sounded then fresh - and simple boys and girls received the VIA at the new qualitative level - very close and clear.
Except lovingly - domestic “sufferings“ the album to a heap included also such songs as “Sasha“ (comic dedication of Victor to the son) and the “Denuclearized zone“ written almost in vain to the III Leningrad fate - to a festival. It was necessary to write something on an anti-war subject - here you are! At the same time Tsoi here skillfully managed and not to change himself, having turned the order into the quite good song in which today hardly anyone will see an environment.
And the distressful album “Night“ is reduced only in 1986. It was planned more “suryyozny“ and romantic, and in actual fact left skuchnovat. There was no wish to dance under it definitely. Some songs it seems “Movies“ and “Your number“ were below any criticism, and diluted plangency only the “Last Hero“ rewritten at more vigorous speed and hooligan “Mother - anarchy“.
Strangely enough, “Night“ was the first album of CINEMA released on vinyl in 1988 this Tsoi was extremely dissatisfied and the public was perplexed because it knew already several other Tsoi .