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Saw the Night, Walked All Night till morning (1985) - Kino Group (Viktor Tsoi): All about the song

It's no secret that Tsoi simply adored the night ... The leader of "Kino" even dedicated several of his works to this mysteriously beautiful time of day! Today we offer to recall the history of one of them ...

“We saw the night, walked all night until morning ...” - the story of the song of the Kino group

“We saw the night, walked all night until the morning ...” - unfortunately, this composition is a favorite, or at least is among those, far from always ... Many fans of the Kino group consider the song too frivolous, - they say, it does not correspond to the spirit Russian rock! There are those who accuse Viktor Tsoi of plagiarism (more on that later...)

Russian rock legend Viktor Tsoi...
Russian rock legend Viktor Tsoi...

But many, however, sincerely love and respect this song as a magnificent legacy of the legend of Russian rock...

History of creation

The legitimate author is Viktor Tsoi: he composed the text, he also composed the music ... When exactly Tsoi wrote this song is not exactly known. However, for the first time he played it in 1984, on one of the apartments.

"Saw the Night" was released in 1985 as part of the album "Night".

Album's cover
Album's cover

It is curious, but in 1988 Melodiya released the album on a disc, though ... without enlisting the consent of the members of the group themselves.

Meaning…

It's no secret that Tsoi simply adored the night ... The leader of "Kino" even dedicated several of his works to this mysteriously beautiful time of day!

Music critics agreed that the song "Saw the Night" is one of the poetic declarations of the "new romantics" movement, to which the band members attributed themselves.

Music video

The video for the song was filmed with the participation of Joanna Stingray (or rather, with her support). It happened in December 1985 in Leningrad.

Many fans of the group must have noticed that Yuri Kasparyan is not in the video ... Later, the Kino guitarist spoke about the reason for his absence:

“I just got a job in the boiler room, but, as it turned out, I made a mistake ... Five boilers from a three-story building, and they constantly had to be monitored! They deceived me with the schedule ... There were practically no days off. When the guys had fun and filmed a video where Tsoi still plays solo on a tree, I worked ... And today I regret the missed opportunity ... "

Yuri Kasparyan and Viktor Tsoi
Yuri Kasparyan and Viktor Tsoi

Interesting Facts

Particularly attentive listeners noticed a suspicious similarity between the song "Saw the Night" and the track "Boys Don't Cry" by The Cure. Of course, we will not accuse Viktor Tsoi of plagiarism. However, it would be foolish to deny the influence of the British on the work of Kino ...

The most popular cover is the Zdob Si Zdub version. The organizers of the "KINOproby" project themselves suggested this track to the team, and, of course, without hesitation, they agreed (which they never regretted)! Now this is their calling card.

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