Articles Tagged 'The Kinks'

The Kinks

Five Songs That Contributed to the Moral Decay of Great Britain

Are you feeling naughty? Feeling like crossing a few boundaries, breaking a few taboos? Well it’s practically the weekend, why shouldn’t you? Over the years, music has been blamed for any deviation from social convention you may care to name, from resisting the draft to encouraging promiscuity and beyond. In fact, if you were of […]

Politics: Voting 1960

Snapshot: 25 Photos of 1960s London

The Sixties was such a creative time in London with Beatlemania raging, Ian Fleming‘s James Bond making it to the big screen in 1962 and the first episode of Doctor Who airing in 1963. Have you ever wondered what it was like living in London during the 1960s? This photo album walks you through the streets […]

Primal Scream – Screamadelica

Ten Great British Songs For A Heatwave

It’s really hot in the UK right now. This might not sound like a big deal, especially if you’re reading this in a part of the world that is more used to scorching temperatures than snowmen and big furry boots, but over here, after a few years of rainy summers and the very, very long […]

The Kinks

Five Relatively Underrated Songs By The Kinks

Next week, Ray Davies of the Kinks, possibly the finest singer-songwriter Britain has ever produced (and that’s a fairly hotly contested field), is honoured at the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef music awards. He’s being given the Music Ambassador prize, which just means they know how astonishingly good he is, and how great his band were. We […]

The Brit List: Summer of London – 10 Great London Songs

“The Lambeth Walk” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CPRVRiJ7QQ&feature=related London is well served with hymns to its own populace, going back to Music Hall days and beyond. Here’s North London’s own Chas & Dave with a song from the 1937 musical Me and My Girl. The song, named after a street in the borough of Lambeth, was so popular at […]

Bryan Ferry

Five Great British Gentleman Singers

The British Gentleman Singer is a unique beast. Part peacock, part librarian, he exists in a strange world where being the beefiest, brawniest man in the room won’t necessarily get you all the girls. What you need is wit, sensitivity, good articulation and a tingling sense that it may not be solely the girls that […]

Some Anglo For Your Ear: The Kinks’ “Autumn Almanac”

There’s always been something disarmingly childlike about The Kinks‘ best songs, making them both comforting and crushing. This 1967 tune is one of the band’s most charming sing-a-longs: “Oooooh, my poor rheumatic back/YES, YES, YES, it’s my autumn almanac.” Marvelous fun.