‘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…

THE KINKS: Facebook

‘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

Back sleeve

THE KINKS Released ‘STOB YOUR SOBBING’ As A Single 55 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

2 October 2019

Band: The Kinks
Song: Stob Your Sobbing / B-side: ‘Beautiful Delilah’
Album: Self-Titled Debut LP
Note 1: Legend goes Ray Davies wrote the tune about
a crying girlfriend he broke up with
Note 2: In 1979 amidst the post punk explosion in the
UK Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders covered the song,
turning it into a successful catchy pop hit
Note 3: Ray Davies & Chrissie Hynde had a relationship
and a child after The Pretenders recorded The Kinks‘ song
Note 4 : The Kinks released the song as a single on
2 October 1964, 55 years ago, only in… South-Africa

Here’s The Kinks original…

And here comes The Pretenders cover…

The Pretenders single sleeve, 1979…

‘YOU REALLY GOT ME’ By THE KINKS Topped The UK Singles Chart 55 Years Ago Today…

Knockouts from the past

10 September 2019

Band: The Kinks
Song: You Really Got Me
Note: The song was originally performed in a more blues-oriented style, as Ray Davies
was a fan of blues legends such as Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy. Two versions of the song were recorded, with the second take used for the final single. The power riffs would have a heavy influence later on, on heavy metal and punk rock.
Success: The single hit the top of the UK Singles Chart 55 years ago today,
on 10 September 1964

Hit it, Ray…

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‘Sunny Afternoon’ by THE KINKS – No 1 Hit In The UK This Day In 1966…

Knockouts from the past

8 July 2019

This day 53 years ago, on 8 July 1966, legends THE KINKS had a No 1 hit single in the
UK with the splendid humdinger SUNNY AFTERNOON. Strangely enough at the time
that mastermind Ray Davies wrote the song he was listening continuously to Frank
Sinatra, Bob Dylan
and Bach.

Of the song lyrics, he said: “The only way I could interpret how I felt was through a dusty, fallen aristocrat who had come from old money as opposed to the wealth I had created for myself. In order to prevent the listener from sympathizing with the song’s protagonist I turned him into a scoundrel who fought with his girlfriend after a night of drunkenness and cruelty.“.

Here’s the classic…

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Happy 75 To Fabulous Singer/Songwriter And Compelling Storyteller RAY DAVIES…


21 June 2019

Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, the former frontman of THE KINKS, one of the most
iconic bands ever, was born on 21st June 1944. Happy 75 to a brilliant singer/songwriter,
a compelling storyteller and an engrossing observer. A genuine British pop star who wrote countless gems and is still active as a bona fide solo performer! To celebrate this truly extraordinary phenomenon’s 75th birthday Turn Up The Volume selected five big ones
(not the massive obvious ones like You Really Got Me/Lola/Sunny Afternoon and Victoria
as you would expect, but five ace pearls nonetheless). Here we go…





(From 2018 solo LP Our Country: Americana Act 2 )

RAY DAVIES: Biography –  Facebook