Sunny Afternoon: The Kinks

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Ray Davies turns 68 today!

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  1. Hedley Says:

    I played this 45 on the Pye label over and over again….”The Tax man’s taken all my dough and left me in this stately home” sang Ray, much funnier than the Beatles.

    Ray Davies turns 68 today. a true son of Muswell Hill and a master of his craft who gave us wonderful albums , Muswell Hillbillies and Village Green Preservation Society being my favorites and singles that reflected his home town of London “I met her in a club down in old Soho..”(did you Ray?) and those times Dead End Street, Dedicated Follower of Fashion and so many great tunes

    With the Olympics so close, the BBC is reflecting on songs that properly reflect the capital. im6 and I have discussed the wonders of “London Calling” but it was probably Ray Davies that wrote THE song. When you cross Waterloo Bridge, it is one of the few locations where you can see an almost complete vista of London

    Ray wrote “Waterloo Sunset” – brilliant, perfect, the theme tune for all of us who grew up in the City. Ray says it wasnt about Terence Stamp and Julie Christie, it doesnt matter, as i crossed the bridge twice a day I knew it was about me and…

    Sunny Afternoon is a wonderful song. Thank you Kat, a great pick today. Many Happy Returns of the Day Ray

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It seemed the perfect song for today and just happens to be one of my favorites. I was torn between this and Village Green Preservation Society or Waterloo Sunset- both other favorites.

      Waterloo Sunset would be on my list of songs to play during the Olympics.

      The Kinks will always be huge favorites of mine-right up there with The Beatles who turned music all around for me.

  2. im6 Says:

    Very nice tribute, MDH. I don’t think I’ve ever considered what my favorite Kinks album might be. ‘Everybody’s In Show-Biz’? Maybe, but only because ‘Celluloid Heroes’ is my favorite song of theirs. Sure do like ‘Preservation Act 1’, too. But I guess I’d have to go with one of their MANY (and just why are there so many of them?) singles collections. ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘All Day & All Of The Night”, “You Really Got Me”… music made for the car radio! But as much as I like the Kinks (and Ray D), I suspect I can never fully appreciate them the way you do. The songs are so place specific and reflect such personal perspectives of those places and the inhabitants (Village Green, Arthur, Muswell, etc.). Your remembrances make it all too clear that his music will never mean as much to me as it does to you.

    The other thing I’d like to point out is that Ray seems to have somehow managed to hang on to his voice all these many years. Maybe because he never had the greatest voice in the world technically speaking — even if it was perfect for his songs — so he didn’t have a lot to lose. But he sounds as good now as he did then. Exhibit 1: “The Kinks Choral Collection” with the Crouch End Festival Chorus. This is simply a magnificent work of art. If you’re not familiar with it, I highly recommend you check it out (shameless plug follows, but only because it’s such an easy one to find): http://www.amazon.com/The-Kinks-Choral-Collection-Davies/dp/B001W6Q4BU

    Hope it’s a sunny day for Ray, Kat, MDH and all the Coffee Mates! Happy Summer!

  3. Hedley Says:

    im6, The Kinks began as the Ray Davies Quartet and amazingly the lead singer was their schoolboy friend Rod Stewart.
    I totally agree with you on the singles. Ray was clearly preoccupied with time and place which comes through even in his later solo work like Working Man’s Cafe (which was given away free with the Sunday Times) but how many times have you been driving, heard the intro to Lola and burst in to full song ?

    I only saw them once, at the old Finsbury Park Rainbow, and I guess they were never really that famous.

    Millions of people swarming like flies round waterloo underground
    But terry and julie cross over the river
    Where they feel safe and sound
    And the don’t need no friends
    As long as they gaze on waterloo sunset
    They are in paradise

    Waterloo sunsets fine (and so does all the nice people at KTCC)

  4. im6 Says:

    Duh… wouldn’t you know I’d list the same song twice (‘Your Really Got Me’). I meant to cite ‘Where Have All The Good Times Gone’ as that’s my favorite Kinks single.

    Since posting earlier, I’ve been listening to Ray & Chorus and it crossed my mind that some readers may think I was being a smarta@@ recommending that particular disc and calling it a masterpiece. I assure you I was not. Oh, certainly, it’s plenty weird (Kinks + Khorus), but it all somehow works if you give it a chance.

  5. Hedley Says:

    im6 – I have throw it in my amazon.uk basket ….the special edition runs about $7.50 so I will stare at it for a bit and then jump

    Bowie killed “Where have all the Good Times Gone” on Pin Ups.

  6. Birgit Says:

    Dear Ray Davies-Fans,
    anyone interested in Ray Davies & London Philharmonic Orchestra
    live-performance of The Village Green Preservation Society album ?
    An audience-recording (moderate sound) just appeared on
    http://tela.sugarmegs.org/default.aspx
    Search for “Ray Davies London Philharmonic Orchestra”.
    (Btw lots of other Kinks- and Ray Davies-concerts on that site…)

  7. Rowen Says:

    Favorite line: “Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.”


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