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“A Well Respected Man” The Kinks

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1 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 21, 2012 10:05 am

Ah, The Kinks..."I'm a 20th century man, but I don't want to be here".

These songs, conjured from the traditions of the British Music Hall, Gilbert and Sullivan, filtered through US country crooners, blues, and R&B. Stirred with wit as dry as a popsicle stick on the tongue.

Ray Davies is an equal opportunity critic, from "Well Respected Man" to a "Dedicated Follower of Fashion". So many songs, so many gems, I can think of probably 50 of them that matter. What a genius.

And who doesn't get that tingly, heady feeling every time they hear "Waterloo Sunset"?

2 Matt Blankman   ~  Oct 21, 2012 11:03 am

[1] Well said. Especially about "Waterloo Sunset." "Days" gets me too.

3 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 21, 2012 11:18 am

{2] Yeah...that one too. I'm embarrassed by saying there are 50 songs I can think of that matter, because there are probably 50+ more I can't remember that matter as well.

4 Matt Blankman   ~  Oct 21, 2012 11:32 am

[3] There are gems through every phase of the Kinks' career, but I really love that period from Face to Face through Everybody's In Showbiz - '66-'72. That's the peak for me, though the early singles are remarkable.

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