Before I start I should probably mention that the finalists for the Irish Blog Awards were announced this evening. And as you can probably guess that I was not included in the final list. But all I can say is that we’ll get ’em next year. I was over the moon when I found out that this blog was shortlisted. It’s not even a year old yet (October 23rd, mark it in your dairies).

Music has lost some of its appeal for me lately. You probably noticed the lull of music posts on my blog over the past few weeks. At first I wasn’t too sure why this was. Obviously the charts offer little or no inspiration when it comes to music. But it has been this way for many years now so this was hardly an excuse. The actual reason was that I was neglecting to listen to older music from the golden age i.e. the 60’s. The decade when bands were made up of musicians not generically modified talentless robots whose solitary aim is to turn a profit. (This clearly does not apply to every current band, just the majority of which who fall under the genre of POP)

And this is why I have selected The Kinks for this weeks post. Barring the fact that they are one of my favourite bands to grace this planet with their presence they were also coincided a pop band. They were up there with The Beatles and possible would have surpassed their stature was it not for a deadly sibling rivalry between the ‘Davies brothers’.
The Kinks have a more than impressive back catalogue bursting with classics such as Lola, Sunny Afternoon, You Really Got Me and Louie Louie. Below I have included three of their finest, which you may or may not be familiar with. Let me know what you think.

  • Days
  • Waterloo Sunset
  • All Day And All Of the Night
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15 thoughts on “Disappointment, Optimism And Of Course The Kinks

  1. Waterloo Sunset is a beautiful song. I saw the Kinks in the 1980s (right around when “Come Dancing” came out). Also saw Ray Davies perform solo a few times, as well as Dave Davies. They are terrific. My all time favorite Kinks song is “Mindless Child of Motherhood.”

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  2. Love the songs. I studied ‘Waterloo Sunset’ as part of a music modual with Open University so it always reminds me of that, but I grew up with Kinks – great band.

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  3. Thanks for acknowledging The Kinks, Keelan! As a long-time fan, I always thought they were one of the most criminally underrated and underappreciated bands ever, always standing in the shadow of The Beatles, The Stones and The Who. So underappreciated, in fact, NBC cut Ray Davies’ performance of Waterloo Sunset at the Olympic closing ceremonies because they didn’t feel Americans would be interested in someone so British (they also cut Kate Bush and Muse. We on the West Coast didn’t even get to see The Who, since the network switched to a new sticom about a monkey that works in a veterinarian hospital). Shameful!!!

    “Obviously the charts offer little or no inspiration when it comes to music” … I’m right with you on that. Long live The Kinks!

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    1. Long live the Kinks! My parents used to listen to this, they called themselves hipsters for doing so, they said they didn’t listen to the Beatles coz it was such a popular choice lol.

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  4. First, thanks for dropping by http://ALDLAND.wordpress.com earlier today.
    Second, I agree with you and your commenters that the Kinks are an underrated lot. You might enjoy this bit on one of their songs you didn’t mention, “Village Green Preservation Society”: http://questionspresented.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/thevillagegreenpreservationsociety-org.

    Finally, don’t forget to remember that it was the Kingsmen who had the original version of “Louie, Louie.” Toots and the Maytals did a good cover too.

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    1. I wasn’t familiar with the ‘Village Green Preservation Society’ before today but I really like the sound of it.

      Yeah I know that The Kingsmen came out with Louie Louie first, I actually prefer their version to The Kinks one (But only slightly).

      Toots and the Maytals have an interesting cover of it alight. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Ah, the Kinks, always guaranteed to put one back on track… I’ve been listening to alot of Miss Z’s playlist (which is considered trend forward among her age group) and keep hearing echoes of a riff from here, a baseline from there and always end up pointing her back to many of the bands that were considered fringe then but are “mainstream” now…. You know you’ve come a long way when you hear stuff that was considered radical then playing in the big-box stores. Thanks for visiting and leading me back to your blog.

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