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The Kinks

Post by RITH » Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:50 pm

I'm going through a bit of a Kinks revival lately. This time it's all about the simple, early stuff. You really got me, Set me free, Stop your sobbing, Tired of waiting for you, All day and all of the night... those years. The somewhat later material (Shangri-la!) is great, but now I just want two or three chords and a brilliant pop hook.

It's a bit pointless starting a thread about a dead band, maybe. I just watched a youtube video of an old Ray Davies doing his classics with a huge choir and orchestra. Quite horrible.

But what great songs!

Now this is a band I'd like to see an indiepop tribute for.
Or did that happen already?

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Re: The Kinks

Post by humblebee » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:17 pm

I'm very fond of the Kinks.

I'll tell you a Kinks song I love. 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else'. It never gets any credit. It's like a great single that never was. It makes me think of 'You Just Haven't Earned it Yet, Baby'. It is completely ace.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by crystalball » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:24 pm

I love them too, Dennis! 'Till the End of the Day' and 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else' are two of my favourite songs of all time. 'Shangri-La' is fantastic as well. Er, it's taking me far too long to write this post and I don't know what else to say. :)

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Re: The Kinks

Post by timahall » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:26 pm

I wholeheartedly support the idea of a Kinks indiepop tribute!

I've been on a real Kinks kick too but more on the late '60s stuff. I love the Englishness, which is why I also love early Television Personalities.
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Re: The Kinks

Post by Trev » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:29 pm

humblebee wrote: 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else'
That's one of my fave Kinks songs. First heard a cover of it in the 80s by Flesh For Lulu. Soon corrected that mistake. I don't know enough about late era Kinks (68 onwards) - time for a spot of downloading, me thinks.
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Re: The Kinks

Post by Mr Bear » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:38 pm

Trev Lostmusic wrote:
humblebee wrote: 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else'
That's one of my fave Kinks songs.
Damn right, that little guitar melody after he sings the title just before the chorus is so simple but totally uplifting.

See My Friend isn't one I listen to very often but every time I do I wonder why I don't listen to it more. It's a hazy masterpiece. Love the harmonies in it too.

My go to Kinks song is usually Victoria - I think it's perfect pop music, totally singalong, with a cracking little guitar solo.

Oh, and Autumn Almanac is f-ing genius. All the way through.

To summarise the four paragraphs above: I love the Kinks.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by RITH » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:45 pm

Judging by his youtube material Ray himself likes I'm not like everybody else as well, still using it as his show opener in 2006.

Bad sound and video but here you go anyway:


Too much on my mind is my most played Kinks song on last.fm I see. Heh, probably used that a little too often as a soundtrack to how I've been feeling over the past two years.

I also love Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me From Worryin' 'Bout That Girl.
But yes. I could go on a bit like that, so I'll stop.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by timahall » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:46 pm

I usually cite Waterloo Sunset as my all-time favourite song by anyone, which is a little cliched but it's so fucking perfect in every possible way. You can't feel bad while listening to Waterloo Sunset. Fact.

I also love Afternoon Tea, Situation Vacant, Drivin', Everybody's Gonna Be Happy blah blah... Too many classics to remember.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by timahall » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:50 pm

Oh, and I saw Ray Davies in Belfast a few years back and besides the horrible venue (The Waterfront, boo!), it was a truly wonderful show. Ray told the story behind many of his classic songs (which he has many!) and he was funny, charming and just great.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by crystalball » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:56 pm

You know what I love about Ray Davies's singing? How it's not perfect in any way and his voice breaks a lot, he struggles with low notes and sometimes he does those comedy tenor voices - but it *always* sounds ace and heartfelt. It used to, anyway. I'm not sure I want to know how it sounds now.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by Big Nose » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:10 pm

Mr Bear wrote:Oh, and Autumn Almanac is f-ing genius. All the way through.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

I love this version of another tune as well....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IScz-m4BD_0
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Re: The Kinks

Post by mimpkin » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:03 am

The Kinks . . . well, where do I start? They are one of my favorite favorites! I used to listen to them as a kid, we had a 'best of' album that I’d play and play and I still have. I love that romanticised idea of Englishness that never really existed . . . or did it? I think it may have done for fleeting moments back then but it still does now too and it always will.

Waterloo Sunset reminds me so much of London, those evening walks to Waterloo Station after work, even though I was walking the opposite way - I always felt safe and sound crossing the river southwards. It will always be one of my favorite ever songs. As for other specific songs off of the top of my head how about Days? And Village Green is an ace album!

And I would definitely recommend going to see Ray Davies, its good to hear the stories (They are from his books X-ray and Waterloo Sunset) but hearing him singing the songs is just lovely!

And of course, if there were no Kinks there would be no Blur . . .

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Re: The Kinks

Post by Big Nose » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:24 pm

mimpkin wrote:And of course, if there were no Kinks there would be no Blur . . .
Actually, I hate The Kinks now.
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Re: The Kinks

Post by Rimbaud » Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:11 am

Big Nose wrote:
mimpkin wrote:And of course, if there were no Kinks there would be no Blur . . .
Actually, I hate The Kinks now.
Blur wrote some good albums post Brit-pop, 13 especially.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by timahall » Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:55 am

Rimbaud wrote:Blur wrote some good albums post Brit-pop, 13 especially.
I'm not a huge fan but they wrote some good albums during britpop too. Parklife is timeless British pop.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by Pip68 » Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:13 am

Eyes front: this is a Kinks thread!

I love all of those little vignettes. My song of the moment is Two Sisters, which starts off all Baroque Pop ends up feminist Neo-Realism. Or something! What tosh I talk!

I love Village Green, but I think Arthur... and Something Else are my favourites. David Watts! Fa fa fa fa. Anyone else would have sung ba ba ba ba ba, or da da da da...but no! Fa fa fa fa!

And can I say, speaking as a drummer, how great Mick Avory is? One of the best - full of beans and twice as tasteful.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by mimpkin » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:23 pm

Eyes front: this is a Kinks thread!
Indeed it is!

While standing at the bus stop the other day I saw a poster in my local shite pub window for a Kinks tribute band called the Kinx. No, I won't be going! :(
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Re: The Kinks

Post by humblebee » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:41 pm

Pip68 wrote:David Watts! Fa fa fa fa. Anyone else would have sung ba ba ba ba ba, or da da da da...but no! Fa fa fa fa!
Heh. Yes! That is a bit brilliant, isn't it?

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Re: The Kinks

Post by Mr Bear » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:51 pm

Pip68 wrote:Eyes front: this is a Kinks thread!

I love all of those little vignettes. My song of the moment is Two Sisters, which starts off all Baroque Pop ends up feminist Neo-Realism. Or something! What tosh I talk!
Great, great song. I love the two that follow that too - No Return, with it's soft chachacha beat, then Harry Rag which is all tongue-in-cheek cor blimeyism. But with a brilliant melody and top lyrics.

What a band.

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Re: The Kinks

Post by Rocker » Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:34 pm

One of the alltime great classic B-Sides: "I Need You"
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