Nike Borzov

Nike Borzov (Russian: Найк Борзов, born Nikolai Vladimirovitch Barashko, Russian: Николай Владимирович Барашко; 23 May 1972 in Vidnoe, Moscow region) is a Russian singer and musician.[1]

Nike Borzov
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Background information
Birth nameNikolai Vladimirovitch Barashko
Born (1972-05-23) 23 May 1972 (age 49)
Vidnoye, Moscow region

Borzov gained major popularity in 2000 after the Tri Slova (Three Words) and Loshadka (Little Horse) hit, which was censored by some Russian radiostations due to the use of the word "cocaine".


Even in his youth, at the age of 14, Nike organized a punk band "Infection", which existed until 1992. During the existence of the band, two full-length studio albums were recorded: "Masturbation" in 1990 and "Hole for the navel" in 1992.

In parallel, Nike took an active part in various projects, both his own and others' (Mesopotamia, Platonic Prostitution, Buufet, Died, Special Nurses, Norman Bates Fan Club and others .), and also spoke with the famous group "Khui zabey". He served two years in the army: "I have not learned anything during this time, I have never even fired from an automatic machine, although I went with him in an outfit, I knew how to assemble and disassemble".[2]

Really popular became after a departure from the activities of "Infection", changing the style of punk to psychedelic rock.

In 1992, the solo career of Nike Borzov begins – his first album "Immersion" is published.

In 1994, the second album entitled "Closed" was released.

In 1995, the magazine New Hot Rock described his work in such a way: "He sings extremely emotional and romantic songs of a kilometer length, burdened with arranging beauties, but generally inclined to the hysterical-melancholic stylistics The Cure. The core of the group is Nike himself and his drummer Lev Kostandian.One of the main hits is the eleven-minute hymn "Madness, Deceit and Little Piece of Love".[3]

In 1996 the group "Infection" turns ten years old. Then already without musicians Nike for two days writes the album "Infections" "Take your bitch in your arms", in which he plays all the instruments. The tracks of this album included the song "The Horse" for the first time.

In 1997, along with the release of the album "Puzzle", the song "The Horse" hit the rotation of the radio stations, provoking the public's anticipated interest and heated discussions. According to the plot of the composition, a small horse carries cocaine. In his own comments, the musician explains the meaning of the song: "A person drives himself into certain frames, thinks out a certain order of things, which later can not change. He has responsibilities: a family that needs to be supported, work that you need to go to support a family, a dacha on which you need to do something every week, a car in which you have to pick one to go to that very dacha, etc. A man is a work horse, a horse man, a cart carrying his own happiness, a horse carrying cocaine. " After several bans on the air, the word "cocaine" was replaced with different sounds and other words, for example clay, niacoc (cocaine on the contrary), which again was a win-win producer's move, as it attracted even more unhealthy interest of the public to "forbidden" and now encrypted topics. According to Nike, the song was written during the service in the army and "was dictated by the circumstances in which I existed there." Nike claims that he did not try cocaine, but instead prefers sports and fishing. "I just used a word that I liked. It was possible to use any other "ines" in the song, but, in my opinion, cocaine fits better ".[4]

In 2000, the light saw the fourth studio album of the musician – "Superman". The songs "Riding on a Star" and "Three Words" were screened and besides radio stations they were also broadcast by large TV channels, Nike Borzov became a star of all-Russian scale. Soon followed the Maxingale "Lovadka", composed of various remixes for the most popular song of the artist, as well as the fifth album SupermEND.SupermEND is an alternative reprint of the album Superman.

After the end of 2000, authoritative Russian media: OM magazine, Izvestiya newspaper and radio Maximum "are called Nike Borzov the performer of the year.

In 2001, the song "Quarrel" was included in the soundtrack to the film Roman Kachanov Down House. The clip was shot by Fedor Bondarchuk, who played the main role in this film.

The concert of Nike Borzov "SupermEND" of the year in the famous Moscow concert hall "Gorbushka" became the final for the tour "SupermEND" and put an end to the history of the trilogy of 2000 "Superman". She included the album "Superman", the maxi-single "The Horse", and the augmented re-release of "SupermEND". In addition to the songs from these three LPs, little-known songs from Nike's early solo albums, as well as the song "Dead Mane" from the group "Infection" in a duet with Arkhip Akhmeleyev were heard at the concert. Shortly before the concert, the song "Three Words" was discussed for two hours by the deputies of the State Duma at the plenary session. In response, Nike personally invited the Speaker of the State Duma to his concert. Soon after the concert, Snegiri released VHS "Naik Borzov. SupermanEND. The concert in the "Gorbushka". In the film of Felix Zelinsky, besides the concert shootings, the spectator is awaited by the ingenious animation of Andrey Vradiy and Andrey Ayrapetov, as well as two clips by Nike Borzov – "Horseman No. 2" (a remix of "Fish species") and "The Last Song".

At that time, work was already underway on the new album Splinter , the veil over which firstly opened the maxi-single "NUS in Am". As a bi-side, he included the song "Day as a Day" and a clip of Gleb Orlov on this song. As a result, "Day as a Day" did not hit the album, but the clip permanently settled in the charts of TV channels "Muz-TV" and "MTV-Russia".

In the autumn of 2002, when the song "One Ona" entered the rank of "the main hits of the year", and the video shot by the director Gosha Toidze was rotated to "MTV-Russia", Nike finished work on the new album, in a few days before the beginning of the production of records by recording the track "Kingsize" in a duet with Dolphin.

After a fairly successful album Splinter , released in 2002, the singer for a few years fell silent, devoting himself to the family and various outside projects. For example, in 2003 he performed the main role in the play "Nirvana" Yuri Grymov, where he played Kurt Cobain.[5] At the same time, the single "For the sake of love" was launched on the radio Maximum, where, after some time, took first place in the "Hit Parade of Two Capitals". On 29 December, the "MTV Russia" on the "Expresso" program hosted the premiere of "The Horseshoe" clip, in which Borzov's famous composition is mixed with the song "Metko" of the pop duo "Visitors from the Future". The clip, composed of fragments of various concert shootings, was created by channel producer Alexei Muravyov and electronic musician DJ Groove.

In 2004, Nike was engaged in producing the album of his wife Ruslana Borzova, and also worked on a project called "Beaver Mutants", defining the genre of the band as "neo-punk with elements of trance."

18 November 2005 in the Moscow club "Young Guard" the performance of the group "One rythmical [sic] ritual" was held – a joint project of the artist Vadim Stashkevich, musician and composer Nike Borzov and the theater-studio "Mohsira". A theatrical-ritual performance of the "Mystery of Sagaalgan" was shown.

26 November 2005 in the Moscow club "Apelsin" was a presentation of "DVD 10" Nike Borzov. The disc contains 10 video clips created during the time of cooperation with Snegiri Music.At the end of 2005, the project "Beaver-mutants" is coming to an end.

On 14 March 2006, the premiere of the romantic film history "Kostyanika. Summer time" . The soundtrack to the film included a song by Nike Borzov "Dreaming".

On 14 December 2006 in the Moscow club "Ikra" the presentation of the best songs collection "The Best Infections For Girls" of the "Infection" group was held. The presentation of the new album took place with the participation of the groups "X .. Zabey", "Time to Shit" and the revived "Infection".

1 December 2007 in TC "Gorbushkin Yard" held presentation of the debut album of Ruslana Borzova "Magic", on which Nike has worked as a music producer.

4 April 2007 at a concert in Orange Nike Borzov presents an animated film "The Player", which was filmed for the song "Et". Svetlana Andrianova and Svetlana Elchaninova – animators of the Re-animation project – admit that it was Nike's music that inspired them to create this cartoon. The video is so harmoniously combined with the music that the audience accepts the "Player" as the official video for the song "Et"

In January 2008, the musician presented to the public the song "Wind", a fast melodic songs with a dark romantic lyrics, which Abanin Michael was immediately removed the video.[6] The video got into the rotation of the TV channel "A-One", the Internet version of the video soon appeared on the website of the magazine "Poster". In November 2008, he finished recording the original soundtrack to the audiobook Hunter S. Thompson "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Savage journey to the heart of the Fear and Loathing in Las Vega", which he himself had announced in tandem with Arkhip Ahmeleevym[7]


  • Погружение [Pogruzheniye] (Submergence) (1992)
  • Закрыто [Zakryto] (Closed) (1994)
  • Головоломка [Golovolomka] (Puzzle) (1997)
  • Супермен [Supermen] (Superman) (2000)
  • Лошадка [Loshadka] (maxi-single, 2000)
  • СупермEND [SupermEND] (2000)
  • NUS in Am (2001)
  • Заноза [Zanoza] (Splinter) (2002)
  • Ради Любви [Radi Lyubvi] (For the Sake of Love) (2004)
  • DVD 10 (1999–2003 clips compilation, 2005)
  • Изнутри [Iznutri] (Internally) (2010)
  • Радоваться [Radovatsya] (single) (Joy) (2010)
  • Кислотный бог [Kislotniy bog] (Acid God) (2018)
  • Капля крови создателя [Kaplya krovi sozdatelya] (A drop of the Creator's blood) (2020)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Найк Борзов – "Изнутри". Rolling Stone Russia (in Russian). Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
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  3. ^ Kim Voloshin (1995). "Club groups of Moscow and not of Moscow" (3–4). New Hot Rock. p. 9.
  4. ^ Julia Zharova (May 2006). "Fools and tracks". Rolling Stone (23). p. 16.
  5. ^ Andrey Truman (12 November 2003). "Nike Borzov entered Nirvana at the Mayakovsky Theater". Izvestia. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  6. ^ Sergey Kolesnikov (8 February 2009). "Nike Borzov 'The Wind'" (Rolling Stone Russia ed.).
  7. ^ Alex smearing. "Nike Borzov – the" inside "". Show business.Ru.