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    Quote Originally Posted by Destructo3 View Post
    Just heard on "Coast to Coast" the Kinks brothers have "buried the hatchet" and are planning a reunion tour. Has to be a sign of good things to come from the band who performed the greatest cover of all time. As Ray Davies said when asked about the VH cover, "I only wish we could have sounded like them on the original". Paraphrasing of course. Wishful thinking Fudd is correct and all that we are hoping for? Yep. But why the hell not!
    Wait a second...how are we two pages into this discussion and not (dis)counting the fact that the "news" comes from a show which focuses on topics like Bigfoot, alien abductions, the moon landing hoax, chem trails, the JFK conspiracies, Elvis being alive and cryptids?!?!?

    We really need some VH news stat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. View Post
    Wait a second...how are we two pages into this discussion and not (dis)counting the fact that the "news" comes from a show which focuses on topics like Bigfoot, alien abductions, the moon landing hoax, chem trails, the JFK conspiracies, Elvis being alive and cryptids?!?!?

    We really need some VH news stat.
    Finally. I expected this response when I first reported the rumor. Even I thought it was funny the rumor came from a conspiracy, big foot, Area 51 talk show. The guest host played the Kinks version of yrgmn. When he came on he went into a 5 minute talk about the brothers (Davies) and how they hurried the hatchet (not in each other's backs) and were planning a tour together. The source was not lost on me. In today's world it's as good as Trunk or some other person who "knows". Lol

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    Has the world of rock really been waiting for this?

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    Lol. Only if it takes 5 year to come to fruition! Oh, wait, that is the bane of our existence. Not fans of the Kinks!!

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    Edit: Oops. When I did a search for a Kinks thread, I didn't notice the OG poster had put this in Main lol. I dunno why he did that. Mods, move it on over to the Non VH music forum, when you feel like it.

    What a shame there are so few fans of the Kinks on the Links, when the Kinks are so integral to the foundation, formation, and execution of early Van Halen.

    Love the Kinks. We lived and breathed albums like Low Budget, Give the People What They Want, State of Confusion, Think Visual, and Word of Mouth in high school and college. Still in my top five bands of all time, easily. Ray Davies is quite easily one of the greatest English songwriters. 60s Kinks, 70s Kinks, 80s Kinks, it was all good. I think we played that Kink Kronikles compilation album until our ears bled out while we were drinkin' apple schapps and smoking cloves.

    Only saw 'em live once, at our local venue in '87, I believe. Think Visual tour, I guess. We were up front in a GA lawn pit. Was epic.

    Anyway...looks like the two geezers might actually hobble out next year....lol, they are SO old now, but hell, if the Stones can still do it, I think Ray and Dave can head out one more time. And I'll be there with bells on.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...erview-892969/

    The Kinks were on the verge of collapse when they began 1969’s Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). They’d just parted ways with original bassist Pete Quaife and their previous album, 1968’s The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, failed even to chart in their native England despite excellent reviews. Making matters worse, an ongoing feud with the American Federation of Musicians made it impossible for them to tour in the States, a devastating blow at a time when groups like Led Zeppelin and the Who were rapidly building huge audiences in America thanks to relentless gigging. The very real possibility that they’d go down in history as an also-ran British Invasion band that burned out in the late-1960s lingered in the air.

    The obvious move would have been to write some poppy singles like “You Really Got Me” and “Tired of Waiting for You” to get back on the charts, but Ray Davies had no interest in that. “I had become bored with the singles format,” he says on the phone from London. “I was tired of doing three or four singles a year and your whole body of work is judged by what those singles are like.”

    He teamed up with English playwright Julian Mitchell to write a television play about a British man (inspired by Davies’ real-life brother-in-law) that grows weary of life in his home country and moves to Australia with his family. The play never happened, but it did inspire Davies to write 12 songs that told the story across two sides of a record. “I called it a documentary album,” says Davies about Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). “It’s about the generation that won World War II, but somehow lost the peace. It’s a neat package that tells the story of the decline of the British empire.”

    The single “Victoria” became their most successful song in three years, and the album received the best reviews of their career. “Less ambitious than Tommy, and far more musical — no fillers, no waste tracks, not a matter of ideas but of perceptions worked out by bass, drums, voices, horns and guitars — Arthur is by all odds the best British album of 1969,” Greil Marcus wrote in Rolling Stone. “It shows that Pete Townshend still has worlds to conquer, and that the Beatles have a lot of catching up to do.”

    As the 50-year anniversary of the album began looming last year, Davies began pouring through archival tapes from the period to create a four-disc edition of the album, due out October 25th, packed with demos, outtakes, alternate mixes, and rehearsals. “The rehearsal tapes show the band was very tight back then,” says Davies. “We were turning a corner and the energy was different. There’s a song called ‘Some Mother’s Son,’ and I found a version before we wrote the bridge. I hadn’t heard that first draft in 50 years.”

    The set also includes 12 songs intended for a Dave Davies solo album that was never released. “That came after he had a big hit with ‘Death of a Clown,'” says Ray. “I told him to form a band and go on tour with it. He didn’t want to do that. He wanted to stay in the Kinks, but it really shows him develop as a very strong songwriter. He’s not doing a lot of heavy rock on it. It’s sensitive and quite beautiful.”

    Unqualified praise for the talents of Dave coming from Ray may seem surprising to some Kinks fans, but they’ve finally made peace in recent years and have even taken tentative steps toward a Kinks reunion. Right now, they are focused on writing new songs. “Dave and I are having a collaboration on a few songs, which will be a first,” says Ray, who wrote the vast majority of the Kinks catalog on his own. “I’ll be like, ‘Here is the chorus, you write verse two.’ I’m trying to keep the energy flowing, and I really want Dave involved creatively.”

    The Davies brothers have been largely recording with drum machines to flesh out their demos, but Ray hopes to call in Kinks drummer Mick Avory soon, despite Avory’s famously combative relationship with Dave. “It was a childish spat,” says Ray. “I got them to say ‘hello’ last year. I want to get them in the studio together. I’m calling it ‘Project Kinks.'”

    As of now, Project Kinks is short a bass player. Quaife died in 2010, and Jim Rodford, who played with them from 1978 to 1997, died suddenly last year. That does leave John Dalton, their bass player from 1969 to 1976. “I haven’t spoken to John about this yet,” says Davies. “I did see him last year, and I might reach out soon, perhaps November. Dave also has a couple of guys in mind that he likes. Right now, though, the songwriting comes first. This is a song project and keeping it in the family is something to enjoy.”

    The Kinks haven’t played live in any capacity since splitting in 1996. A tour would be a huge moneymaker, but Ray is taking things one day at a time. “We have to make the record first,” says Ray. “But if we do play again, we’ll come to America. That’s another conversation though.”

    Does all of this activity mean the Kinks are now officially back together? “The word ‘together’ is misleading,” says Davies. “We were never together. But we’re back to our dysfunction again.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Edit: Oops. When I did a search for a Kinks thread, I didn't notice the OG poster had put this in Main lol. I dunno why he did that. Mods, move it on over to the Non VH music forum, when you feel like it.

    What a shame there are so few fans of the Kinks on the Links, when the Kinks are so integral to the foundation, formation, and execution of early Van Halen.

    Love the Kinks. We lived and breathed albums like Low Budget, Give the People What They Want, State of Confusion, Think Visual, and Word of Mouth in high school and college. Still in my top five bands of all time, easily. Ray Davies is quite easily one of the greatest English songwriters. 60s Kinks, 70s Kinks, 80s Kinks, it was all good. I think we played that Kink Kronikles compilation album until our ears bled out while we were drinkin' apple schapps and smoking cloves.

    Only saw 'em live once, at our local venue in '87, I believe. Think Visual tour, I guess. We were up front in a GA lawn pit. Was epic.

    Anyway...looks like the two geezers might actually hobble out next year....lol, they are SO old now, but hell, if the Stones can still do it, I think Ray and Dave can head out one more time. And I'll be there with bells on.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...erview-892969/

    The Kinks were on the verge of collapse when they began 1969’s Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). They’d just parted ways with original bassist Pete Quaife and their previous album, 1968’s The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, failed even to chart in their native England despite excellent reviews. Making matters worse, an ongoing feud with the American Federation of Musicians made it impossible for them to tour in the States, a devastating blow at a time when groups like Led Zeppelin and the Who were rapidly building huge audiences in America thanks to relentless gigging. The very real possibility that they’d go down in history as an also-ran British Invasion band that burned out in the late-1960s lingered in the air.

    The obvious move would have been to write some poppy singles like “You Really Got Me” and “Tired of Waiting for You” to get back on the charts, but Ray Davies had no interest in that. “I had become bored with the singles format,” he says on the phone from London. “I was tired of doing three or four singles a year and your whole body of work is judged by what those singles are like.”

    He teamed up with English playwright Julian Mitchell to write a television play about a British man (inspired by Davies’ real-life brother-in-law) that grows weary of life in his home country and moves to Australia with his family. The play never happened, but it did inspire Davies to write 12 songs that told the story across two sides of a record. “I called it a documentary album,” says Davies about Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). “It’s about the generation that won World War II, but somehow lost the peace. It’s a neat package that tells the story of the decline of the British empire.”

    The single “Victoria” became their most successful song in three years, and the album received the best reviews of their career. “Less ambitious than Tommy, and far more musical — no fillers, no waste tracks, not a matter of ideas but of perceptions worked out by bass, drums, voices, horns and guitars — Arthur is by all odds the best British album of 1969,” Greil Marcus wrote in Rolling Stone. “It shows that Pete Townshend still has worlds to conquer, and that the Beatles have a lot of catching up to do.”

    As the 50-year anniversary of the album began looming last year, Davies began pouring through archival tapes from the period to create a four-disc edition of the album, due out October 25th, packed with demos, outtakes, alternate mixes, and rehearsals. “The rehearsal tapes show the band was very tight back then,” says Davies. “We were turning a corner and the energy was different. There’s a song called ‘Some Mother’s Son,’ and I found a version before we wrote the bridge. I hadn’t heard that first draft in 50 years.”

    The set also includes 12 songs intended for a Dave Davies solo album that was never released. “That came after he had a big hit with ‘Death of a Clown,'” says Ray. “I told him to form a band and go on tour with it. He didn’t want to do that. He wanted to stay in the Kinks, but it really shows him develop as a very strong songwriter. He’s not doing a lot of heavy rock on it. It’s sensitive and quite beautiful.”

    Unqualified praise for the talents of Dave coming from Ray may seem surprising to some Kinks fans, but they’ve finally made peace in recent years and have even taken tentative steps toward a Kinks reunion. Right now, they are focused on writing new songs. “Dave and I are having a collaboration on a few songs, which will be a first,” says Ray, who wrote the vast majority of the Kinks catalog on his own. “I’ll be like, ‘Here is the chorus, you write verse two.’ I’m trying to keep the energy flowing, and I really want Dave involved creatively.”

    The Davies brothers have been largely recording with drum machines to flesh out their demos, but Ray hopes to call in Kinks drummer Mick Avory soon, despite Avory’s famously combative relationship with Dave. “It was a childish spat,” says Ray. “I got them to say ‘hello’ last year. I want to get them in the studio together. I’m calling it ‘Project Kinks.'”

    As of now, Project Kinks is short a bass player. Quaife died in 2010, and Jim Rodford, who played with them from 1978 to 1997, died suddenly last year. That does leave John Dalton, their bass player from 1969 to 1976. “I haven’t spoken to John about this yet,” says Davies. “I did see him last year, and I might reach out soon, perhaps November. Dave also has a couple of guys in mind that he likes. Right now, though, the songwriting comes first. This is a song project and keeping it in the family is something to enjoy.”

    The Kinks haven’t played live in any capacity since splitting in 1996. A tour would be a huge moneymaker, but Ray is taking things one day at a time. “We have to make the record first,” says Ray. “But if we do play again, we’ll come to America. That’s another conversation though.”

    Does all of this activity mean the Kinks are now officially back together? “The word ‘together’ is misleading,” says Davies. “We were never together. But we’re back to our dysfunction again.”
    All I know is the 2 VH covers and "All Day and all of the night" (their best song?). Any other tunes to recommend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    All I know is the 2 VH covers and "All Day and all of the night" (their best song?). Any other tunes to recommend?
    Oh man, thereís a lot.

    The entire album of Give The People What They Want is outstanding, give it a spin.

    Low Budget is solid all the way through too.

    Their live album The Road is one of my fave live albums from any band.

    Tent pole tracks?

    Lola
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    Sunny Afternoon
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    Catch me Now Iím Falling
    Superman
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    Around the Dial
    Living on a Thin Line
    GTPWTW (title track)
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    Let's ROCK!!!!!

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    Let's ROCK!!!!!
    Yeah. The elder statesmen are elderly now. Still, Jagger and Richards, Daltrey and Townshend still bringin' da heat.

    'Course, we as Van Halen fans have no room to stand on when it comes to past their prime rockers.






    Like our youth, the days of these long ago dudes are long over. Father Time is the master of us all.


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    I dunno....Davies looks dead in that pic.....Dave looks vibrant. Course Dave looked like a skeleton in the one INK interview pic.

 

 

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