But, as with any fleeting thoughts about a proper Kinks reunion, take that with a grain of salt. Yes, Ray sang lead most of the time and called the shots, but Dave played loud electric guitar. Clearly, they each pushed each other to greater heights.
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Rather than marking a sonic departure, though, the collection signals a sharpening of focus for the band, an elevation in understanding of who they are and what they do best. Over the ensuing decades, the band would go on to record a series of highly influential albums and tour the world countless times over, sharing stages with everyone from Bob Dylan and Tom Petty to Lucinda Williams and Wilco along the way. Proust and Back Roads and Abandoned Motels in and , respectively. Beginning in the spring of , Louris began making monthly trips from North Carolina back to his native Minnesota, where he and the band would gather for weeklong rehearsal and writing sessions in their St. Paul practice space.
A s a keen-eyed chronicler of British manners and mores, Ray Davies is thinking about Brexit a lot. Sometimes, says the man who single-handedly reshaped the language and psychology of pop music with the Kinks, he regrets not running away from Britain after You Really Got Me went to No 1 in Yet as Britain prepares to bow out, Davies — stubbornly out of step with prevailing trends — has released Americana , his first solo album in almost a decade, and a companion piece to his candid, witty memoir. And yet he still has romantic memories of the place. Davies mutters modestly when it is suggested that he is the greatest songwriter London has produced. But his work has made a profound mark and inspired respectful cover versions by David Bowie, the Jam, the Pretenders, Elvis Costello and the Fall. Not to mention Van Halen. It is 50 years to the week that he recorded Waterloo Sunset , the best pop song ever written.
Today is the day! In the past, artists would perform live in the CBS studios, but because of Covid, the show is accepting artist-generated content. As a result, The Jayhawks recently recorded an outdoor live session in St. The session was directed and produced by Rick Fuller and Bob Medcraft, with the assistance of their very talented team and crew.