Kino

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Kino
Кино
Yuri Kasparyan (seated) and Viktor Tsoi (standing) in 1986 during a concert in Leningrad
Yuri Kasparyan (seated) and Viktor Tsoi (standing) in 1986 during a concert in Leningrad
Background information
OriginLeningrad, Soviet Union
GenresPost-punk, new wave, gothic rock, folk rock
Years active1982–1990
LabelsAnTrop, Yanshiva Shela, Melodiya, Moroz Records
Associated acts[U-Piter, Aquarium, Pop-mekhanika, Dzhungli
Websitekino.band
Past membersViktor Tsoi
Aleksei Rybin
Oleg Valinsky
Yuri Kasparyan
Alexander Titov
Georgy Guryanov†
Igor Tikhomirov

Kino (Russian: Кино́, lit.'cinema, film', IPA: [kʲɪˈno]) was a Soviet rock band formed in Leningrad in 1982.[1][2] The band was co-founded and headed by Viktor Tsoi, who wrote the music and lyrics for almost all of the band's songs. Kino released over 90 songs, several studio albums, and a few live albums. Their music was widely recorded illegally. After the Soviet Union became more open, Kino became popular around the world.[3] In 1989, they had a small concert in New York City.[4] They also became very popular in Russia.[4][5] Their album Gruppa Krovi was called one of the best works of Russian music.[6] Viktor Tsoi died in a car accident in 1990.[7] After releasing an album of the songs they were working on before Tsoi's death, Kino broke up.[8] In 2012, on Tsoi's fiftieth birthday, the band reunited to record a song called 'Ataman'. This song would have been in their last album, but the only recording of it that they had was bad.[9]

Band members[change | change source]

  • Viktor Tsoi – lead vocals, guitar, bass (1981–1990; died 1990)
  • Aleksei Rybin – guitar (1981–1983)
  • Oleg Valinsky – drums (1981–1982)
  • Mikhail Vasilev – drum machine (1982–1983)
  • Yuri Kasparyan (Юрий Каспарян) – lead guitar (1983–1990)
  • leksandr Titov – bass, percussion (1983–1986)
  • Aleksei Vishnia – drum machine (1985–1986)
  • Georgiy Guryanov (Георгий Гурьянов) – drums, percussion (1986–1990; died 2013)
  • Igor Tikhomirov (Игорь Тихомиров) – bass (1986–1990)

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album details Highest chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
SOV*
1982 45
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1983 46
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Yanshiva Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1984 Nachalnik Kamchatki
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1985 Eto ne lyubov...
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: Vinyl
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1986 Noch
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: Vinyl
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1988 Gruppa krovi
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: Vinyl
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1989 Zvezda po imeni Solntse
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: Vinyl
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1990 Chyorny albom
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: Vinyl
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

"*": Information about the music sales and music recording certifications could not be found. This could be because of copyright issues.

Compilations and demos[change | change source]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
SOV*
1983 46
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1986 Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the USSR
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1989 The Last Hero'
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1992 The Final Recordings
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

2001 'The Greatest Hits
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

2002 Kino in Film
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

The Story of This World
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

The Final Recordings
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

"*": Information about the music sales and music recording certifications could not be found. This could be because of copyright issues.

Live albums[change | change source]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
SOV*
1985 Live at the Rock Club
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1987 'Live in Dubna
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

1988 The Acoustic Concert
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Moroz
  • Format: CD

SOV: *

"*": Information about the music sales and music recording certifications could not be found. This could be because of copyright issues.

References[change | change source]

  1. Victor Tsoi. Illustrated History of the life and work of Viktor Tsoi and "Kino". – M .: ANTA, 2005. – S. 346. – ISBN 5-94037-066-7
  2. Rybin, Aleksey V. Kino S Samogo Na?ala I Do Samogo Konca. Moscow: Feniks, 2001. Print.
  3. Groupa Kroovy (Blood Type) review by Robert Christgau.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Andrew Burlaka. Volume II. Kino / / Rock Encyclopedia. Popular Music in Leningrad-St Petersburg 1965–2005 . – M.: Amphora, 2007. – 416 p. – ISBN 978-5-367-00362-8
  5. Marianne Tsoi, Alexander Zhytynsky Viktor Tsoi. Poems. Documents.Memories . – Issue 1. – St. Petersburg: New Helicon, 1991. – S. 291. – 368 p. – (Stars of Rock 'n' Roll). – ISBN 5-85-395-018-5
  6. Alexander Zhytynsky. From the review of the album "Gruppa krovi". – Roxy, № 14, 1988.
  7. The death of Tsoi: how the accident occurred on the road Sloka-Tulsa. INFOgraphics . RIA Novosti (15 August 2007)
  8. Alexander Kushnir. Chapter II. Boris Grebenshikov / / Headliners . – Moscow: Amphora, 2007. – S. 21. – 416 p. – ISBN 978-5-367-00585-1
  9. "Барабанщик группы "Кино" Гурьянов скончался в Петербурге | РИА Новости". Ria.ru. 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2013-08-05.

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