“News from up the street, she’s people I’d like to meet.” – Dan Hicks Wherein I mention a few random things that have been floating around in my head or of which I’ve become aware, of greater or lesser import. The first two are of … Continue reading News from Up the Street
Well, despite the best efforts of both our beloved (?) president and the madman across the water in North Korea, anyone reading this has apparently made it through another year. Congratulations. I don’t have anything particularly intelligent to say here. What else is new, you … Continue reading Happy New Year?
“[People] think I should never have stopped writing three-minute story songs. But I’ve written so many of them the formula begins to reveal itself. The magic goes. It did for me, anyway.” – Ray Davies In 1973, it was Ray’s turn to be put through … Continue reading God Save The Kinks (final of four)
“I exalt Ray and Dave Davies. People in America talk about The Beatles, The Stones, The Who. For me, it’s the Beatles, The Stones, the Kinks … I certainly wouldn’t have presumed to compete with the Kinks.” -Pete Townshend These next few years were incredibly … Continue reading The Kinks (pt. 3) – It’s Only Juke Box Music
‘Ray and Dave were very volatile,’ Pete Quaife, who died in 2010, once said. ‘They could start a fight over absolutely nothing.’ I hope eventually to be sufficiently capable of expressing people’s everyday moods, thoughts, and emotions in music.” Ray Davies to NME in 1964. Interview … Continue reading The Kinks (pt 2) – Where Have All the Good Times Gone?
(pictured l-r: Mick Avory, Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies) The so-called British Invasion consisted of a fair number of bands including The Animals, Hollies, Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Peter and Gordon, etc. But for many people, (oh bloody hell, … Continue reading The Kinks – (pt. 1) Muswell Hillbilly Boys
I wrote this post a while back with no greater motive than love of the song. But in light of recent events, let’s dedicate this to the Brits who remain, as ever, strong and resilient. On his album, The Interpreter: Live at Largo, singer Rhett … Continue reading A Song I Love – Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks