Saturday, 12 April 2014

K is for the Kinks

This is a bit tricky because there's no specific memory that I can pin to the Kinks, but I do get a sense of my Englishness from them. It's Englishness that has nothing to do with jingoism and everything to do with a sense of almost whimsy mixed up a bit with melancholy.

There are any number of Kinks numbers that deserve a mention but I've picked Waterloo Sunset because it's a beautiful song laced through as it is with great wistfulness. This bit of video is a bit murky, but don't forget it was Britain in the 1960s, we'd only just got electricity.

Also-rans: There's nothing wrong in being an also-ran to the Kinks especially if you are the late Kirsty MacColl. She did a beautiful version of Days. If I listen to both these songs back-to-back I get quite emotional and have to take a long walk with the dog, preferably in the rain.


  1. I like so many of your choices for your posts.
    The Kinks
    Fleetwood Mac
    The Eagles.
    All excellent musical choices.

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    1. I'm glad you like some of the choices. They're not all my favourites, but they do bring about certain memories.

  2. WoW! You may not have a memory associated with this song but it brought back a wonderful memory for me so I have to say thanks!! This was on a mix tape made for me when I was about 19 by an "older man" I loved during college so this memory is bittersweet and fantastic simultaneously. Ahhhh to be 19 again. Thanks!! is me :-)

    1. "Music, moody food of love" as Shakespeare said (I think). I'm not sure about being 19 again, all that taking life too seriously.


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