Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star
And everybody’s in show biz, it doesn’t matter who you are.
And those who are successful,
Be always on your guard,
Success walks hand in hand with failure
Along Hollywood Boulevard.
- Ray Davies, Celluloid Heroes
there was a kid in my high school who used to always tell me that Ray Davies was a genius. i passively agreed and didn’t think much about it until this weekend when i went to see the redoubtable Joe McGinty and his gang of thieves AKA the Losers Lounge pay tribute to the Kinks. not once. twice. yes, i went back a second night because the first night woke me up to the fact that yes, Ray Davies is a genius.
allow me to quote Pete Townshend on this subject:
I always think that Ray Davies should one day be Poet Laureate. He invented a new kind of poetry and a new kind of language for Pop writing that influenced me from the very, very, very beginning.
it’s such a shame that the Kinks were and even now are so under appreciated, which i can only chalk up to their quintessential Britishness. they never quite leapt into American hearts and minds the way the Beatles and the Who did. but oh man, what a catalogue!
Tired of Waiting………Sunny Afternoon…….Waterloo Sunset……Days…..Apeman…..Set Me Free…..Who Will Be The Next in Line…….Lola…….David Watts…..See My Friends…..I Go To Sleep…..Stop Your Sobbing…..Living On A Thin Line….. just SOME of the amazing songs they have given us.
go here now and then get yourself to iTunes and BUY EVERYTHING BY THE KINKS.