The Kinks were one of the most innovative bands of the British invasion era, but were (and still are) overlooked in almost every way, especially their songwriting abilities and influence on the future of Rock And Roll. The so-called ‘Holy Trinity’ of British rock (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who) have been lauded as pioneers,and rightfully so, but where’s the love for the Kinks who put out just as many, if not more great albums during their existance?
The band released 10 LP’s between the years 1964-1969, seven of which were full blown classics, containing such songs as ‘Well Respected Man’, ‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion’, ‘All Day and All Of The Night’, ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’, ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Till The End Of The Day’, ‘Stop Your Sobbing’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, the absolutely gorgeous ’Waterloo Sunset’, ’David Watts’, ’Death Of A Clown’ and ’Victoria’, to name but a mere few.
I mean, come on! I’ll put those songs, and many other album tracks, up against anything by the ’Holy Trinity’. Well…at least the Who and The Stones. Don’t get me wrong, the Stones and the Who were great bands, but the Who hasn’t put out anything earth shattering since 1978 (Who Are You) and the last interesting album the Stones did was Tattoo You, released in 1980. The 1970’s made these two bands superstars of the frickin’ galaxy, and while the kinks had their 5 minutes in the majors they never really received the wide spread acclaim and long lasting adoration that they so rightfully deserved.
I don’t want to go on too long about this, but I do want to try to encourage you to sink your teeth into some of the best forgotten rock and roll ever laid to wax. Start with the 60’s stuff, if you’re not familiar, but don’t write off the 70’s. Like many ’Classic’ 60’s artists (Bob Dylan, The Who, The Stones, etc etc) the albums they released during that decade were spotty but contained some really, REALLY good tracks!
Here’s my own FAVORITE KINKS SONGS FROM THE 1970’S list, but start wherever you want. It’s well worth the diggin’!
Underneath The Neon Sign and Everybody’s A Star from “A Soap Opera”
Life Goes On, Stormy Sky, Juke Box Music and Mr. Big Man from “Sleepwalker”
The First Time We Fell In Love, Education and Schooldays from “Schoolboys In Disgrace”
Nobody Gives and Preservation from “Preservation Act”
Complicated Life, Muswell Hillbillies and Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues from “Muswell Hillbillies”
Misfits, Out Of The Wardrobe, Rock & Roll Fantasy, from “Misfits”
Low Budget, Catch Me Now I’m Falling from “Low Budget”
Celluloid Heroes, Maximum Consumption and Motorway from “Everybody’s In Show Biz”
Lola, Strangers, Get Back In Line and Apeman from “Lola VS The Powerman”
And I hear that Ray Davies two solo releases aren’t too shabby, either.
...and here's LOLA, from 1970!
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