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Viktor Tsoi - Eighth-grader, When Your Girlfriend is Sick, Baby

Let's remember 3 songs by Viktor Tsoi and learn their history...

Story of 3 Victor Tsoi songs: Eighth-grade girl, When your girlfriend is sick, Malysh

The decline of the legendary "A Star Called Sun" is forever imprinted in the history of Russian rock... "Tsoi is alive!" - this phrase has become far more than just a winged phrase. Like an artist's paintings, the music of Kino continues to flourish, finding a well-deserved home in the hearts of millions of listeners... Today's article is dedicated to Victor Tsoi's muses, who inspired him to write immortal hits!

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

To whom did Viktor Tsoi dedicate his greatest hits?

"Eighth Grade Girl"(1982)

For a long time, the identity of the true "eighth-grade girl" remained a secret... No one knew about Jenny Yasnets, not even the people closest to Tsoi. Moreover, Jenny herself had no idea that she had suddenly become the lyrical heroine of the legendary hit! She learnt about it only years later....

Jenny Jasnets and Andrey Medvedev
Jenny Jasnets and Andrey Medvedev

At the time of their acquaintance - Jenny had just finished eighth grade, and entered the first year of the Leningrad Art School named after V. Serov. Serov. Her mentor was artist Andrey Medvedev, a friend of Tsoi's. Actually, he introduced Victor to the "eighth-grader".

Already as an adult, a successful woman, Jasnets recalled:

"...I was just a child: funny chubby cheeks, ridiculous baby sandals... When this song about "eighth-grade girl" appeared, I liked it very much! The heroine and I had a common problem: my parents demanded that I come home before 22:00... And I was always late!"

 But Alexei Rybin, the guitarist of the band Kino, had his own opinion on the matter. According to him, Tsoi wrote the song after a date with a student named Olga. The girl had just finished school, and had entered the same school as Viktor!

"When Your Girlfriend's Sick"(1991)

A curious fact: the song was added to the eighth album of the band "Kino", although it was written long before its release... For many - it became the most beautiful, light and inspired lyric... Tsoi himself treated it with irony:

"...I don't take this song seriously. This jokey irony is 'cinema, wine and nothing else'... The most banal rhymes!"

To the great surprise of listeners, the song was not addressed to Tsoi's beloved, but only to his good friend Marina Smirnova. At that time, the girl was dating Yuri Kasparian, and... was often ill. The guitarist spent a lot of time with her, sacrificing friendly meetings with wine and guitar playing... It was because of this that Tsoi endowed his creation with a slight irony!

A still from the film "Needle"
A still from the film "Needle"

Marina herself recalled with sadness:

"At that time I was always sick... Yura was running around me, and Vitya couldn't get him anywhere! So he composed it as a joke. We all laughed, and the song took on a life of its own...".

Marina Smirnova
Marina Smirnova

There was no romance between Tsoi and Smirna. When Rashid Nugmanov offered Tsoi a role in the film "The Needle", there were problems with the female lead... Then the director allowed Victor to choose his own partner on the set, with whom he would not be a burden to spend a few months! Tsoi brought Smirnova... They played a couple in love, which led many viewers to conclude that they were having an affair!

"The Kid" (1990)

As for this song, there are fierce debates around it to this day. To whom did Tsoi dedicate the composition "Baby"?

If the Kino band members are to be believed, the song is addressed to Natalia Razlogova, with whom Victor had a stormy affair. It was she who became the Russian rock legend's last love.....

With Natalia...
With Natalia...

Despite the fact that with Maryana they had a son Alexander, the marriage lasted only three years ....

Viktor Tsoi with his son Alexander ...
Viktor Tsoi with his son Alexander ...

Konstantin Kinchev would later say:

"There was no love there. But he adored Natalia. Madly... It was killing him..."

Officially, Viktor and Maryana were not divorced. Razlogova became the musician's common-law wife, who gave him warm moments... Unfortunately, the final ones in his life.

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