Happy 74 To Kink DAVE DAVIES – Here’s His Solo Debut Hit ‘DEATH OF A CLOWN’

Top singles from the past…

3 February 2021

Along with his brother Ray he was part
of one of the most iconic bands ever
in British pop music history

Age: 73 today – born 3 February 1947
in Fortis Green, London

Single: Death Of A Clown
Released: 7 July 1967

My makeup is dry and it cracks ’round my chin
I’m drowning my sorrows in whisky and gin
The lion tamer’s whip doesn’t crack anymore
The lions, they won’t bite and the tigers won’t roar

So let’s go and drink to the death of a clown
Won’t someone help me to break up this crown?
Let’s all drink to the death of a clown…


50th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One’ By THE KINKS

4 November 2020

The Kinks‘ eight LP was a satirical concept album attacking the media, the music industry
and its publishers, business managers and more of Ray Davies‘s enemies. It was both
a critical and commercial triumph for the legendary song/wordsmith and his companions. The longplayer was released 50 years ago, on 27th November 1970.

To celebrate the event an expanded and remastered 50th Anniversary Edition
will see the day of light on 4th December. A deluxe 10” slipcased book pack, containing a
60 -page book, 3 x cds, 2 x 7” singles, 4 x colour prints, and on black heavyweight gatefold vinyl, 2CD and 1CD formats.

More info via this promo clip

And, yes, this was the album with their monster hit LOLA on…

Full original LP here…

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‘Where Have All The Good Times Gone’ by THE KINKS – Happy 76 To RAY DAVIES

Top singles from the past…

21 June 2020


Band: The Kinks
Active: 1964–1996
Track: Where Have All The Good Times Gone
The B-side of Till The End Of The Day
Released: 19 November 1965
Note: Ray Davies said at the time:   “We’d been rehearsing
‘Where Have All the Good Times Gone’ and our tour manager
at the time, who was a lot older than us, said, ‘That’s a song a
40-year-old would write. I don’t know where you get that from.
‘But I was taking inspiration from older people around me. I’d
been watching them in the pubs, talking about taxes and job

Album: The Kink Kontroversy  – The band’s third LP

Happy 76 to legendary frontman and brilliant songwriter
Ray Davies, born 21 June 1944 in Fortis Green, London

Go Ray

High-powered live version…

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Coca-Cola Hit ‘LOLA’ By THE KINKS Released 50 Years Ago Today…

Top singles from the past…

12 June 2020

Band:  The Kinks
Active: 1964–1996
Single: Lola
B-side: Berkeley Men
Released: 12 June 1970 – 50 years ago today
Note: The single received (stupid) critic and, initially,
bans in Britain and Australia because of the controversial
content and the of brand name Coca-Cola. On the single you
could hear the words ‘cherry cola’ but on the album version is
was ‘Coca-Cola’ instead.
Score: #2 in the UK and #9 in the US
AlbumLola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One

Have a coke here…

Famous live version…

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‘VICTORIA’ By Legends THE KINKS – Switzerland 1979

Memorable live moments…

16 April 2020

Legends THE KINKS released a double live album called ‘ONE FOR THE ROAD’ back in 1980. One of the scream along highlights was VICTORIA. A classic that appeared on their 1969 LP Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). The recording of the live track was done in Switzerland on 11 November 1979.

Let’s roll, Ray…

THE KINKS: Facebook

You can stream ‘ONE FOR THE ROAD
right here…

THE KINKS Released Memorable Album ‘ARTHUR (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)’ 50 Years Ago…

Classics from the past

9 October 2019

50 years ago, on 10 October 1969, British legends THE KINKS released their seventh and one of their most memorable longplayers of their career with ARTHUR (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire). Singer/songwriter Ray Davies constructed the concept album as the soundtrack to a Granada Television play and developed the storyline with novelist Julian Mitchell but in the end the TV production never came about. The whole story’s main character was based on a certain Arthur Morgan, a London carpet-layer, actually, the Davies’ brothers brother-in-law who’s real name was Arthur Anning, who moved to Australia shortly after World War II. Despite being highly praised by the UK
and the US music press the LP was not a commercial success.

AllMusic wrote: “Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) extends the British-oriented themes of Village Green Preservation Society, telling the story of a London man’s decision to move to Australia during the aftermath of World War II… It’s a detailed and loving song cycle, capturing the minutiae of suburban life, the numbing effect of bureaucracy, and the horrors of war… The music makes the words cut deeper, and the songs never stray too far from the album’s subject, making Arthur one of the most effective concept albums in rock history, as well as one of the best and most influential British pop records of its era.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5

You certainly know this key track and single…

Album in full…
(Original tracklist: #1 – #10)

THE KINKS: All Albums – Facebook

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