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Cinema (Viktor Tsoi) - Blood type (1987) - All about the song

How was one of the most famous songs of Russian rock created?

Song History: Kino - "Blood Type"

The first place in the ranking of the 100 best songs of the 20th century from the listeners of “Our Radio” was taken by the composition of Viktor Tsoi “Blood Type”. Of course, it is not such even in the very discography of Kino, let alone in all of our music in the twentieth century. However, it deserves the People's Choice Award, as it is a great example of how a simple song becomes a folk hit, Today we will talk about it.

How was the composition created?

The author of the song - Viktor Tsoi wrote the song himself, he also came up with all the parts in the song. Other members of the team practically did not participate in the creation. After the song took shape, the author showed it to the musicians.

Viktor Tsoi
Viktor Tsoi

There is a version that the former member of the Aquarium group, Vsevolod Gakkel, once, in a conversation with Tsoi, came up with the phrase “blood type” as a good name for the new team. After that came the song. True or not, one can only guess!

The situation around the meaning of the song is no better. Until now, there are different versions, the author has never commented on this. Loyal listeners and fans have come up with many different ideas, but these are just guesses. The most popular version is a song about the Afghan war, more precisely about those who participated in it and died heroically. There are other versions ... But this one seems to be the closest in spirit.

Song premiere

The world saw Victor Tsoi's new creation on the 3rd of June 1987. Leningrad Rock Club was organizing a festival, by the way, the 5th one in a row. And the band started its history from the stage of this festival.

Viktor Tsoi
Viktor Tsoi

The audience's response was mediocre. The song didn't seem like a new hit to them. It became a national hit after the premiere of the movie "The Needle". The film, directed by Rashid Nugmanov and starring Victor Tsoi, became a cult movie, and the scene with the song became one of the favorites.

The composition is the title track of the 6th Kino album. She also got into all the collections of the best songs of the group. It was performed by everyone and everything, from yard boys to pop performers.

Few facts:

  • American singer and good friend of Victor, Joanna Stingray, insisted on recording an English version of "Blood Type" to present it to the West. She greatly helped Tsoi's promotion abroad.
  • The Leningrad group has in its arsenal a composition with the same name. Actually, it is dedicated to the “Blood Type”.
  • While playing GTA IV, you can accidentally stumble upon the Vladivostok FM radio station.
  • Our Radio and Kommersant-Daily organized an auction where they presented the original Blood Type, recorded in France. Lot left for 3000$, the money went to help the victims of the terrorist attack.

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