Life Wouldn’t Be Real Without Some ‘Kinks’

August 22, 2021

In place of the horrors of the nowadays, a flashback Sunday afternoon to sounds of long ago, and way-way far away — music as memory of decades past and the history since then.
Alternative rock in a trend-shaping music era.

Inspiration for this particular subject slant came from a post yesterday on music/movies/media at First Draft (one of my blog favorites) with a title lead-in song I hadn’t heard/thought-of in a long time — “Tired Of Waiting For You” by the Kinks and released in the US in January 1965.
The Kinks were a group among a shitload of music-makers then surging across the Atlantic during the original “British invasion” in the mid-1960s — ‘Early in 1964, Life magazine put it like this: “In [1776] England lost her American colonies. Last week the Beatles took them back.”

I was a nit-twit 10th-grader in January of ’65, and having no fun. Acne had finally arrived full force (my face was like the moon), I had bad posture, shitty grades, and was already chocked-full of sarcasm. My friends were the same, so it wasn’t really that bad.
Music was my safe space — only the month earlier after I’d spied the Beatles new album, “Rubber Soul,” at my local supermarket, I almost wanted to cry I do remember near-shouting: “Look, the boys got a new one!” as I came across it in the album rack. The Beatles were still way-out-in-front of the ‘invasion.’
Yet I also really liked the Kinks, their music more hardcore, more garage-band like — except for “Tired of Waiting,” a different charm, but still effective. Here it be:

And a fairly-decent cover by Green Day;

The song changed the Kinks musical direction — the first two singles from then the year before were more raw, with some jagged, near-scraping hard-guitar work — and became more even. Dave Davies said of the song: ‘It was a change of style for us, we got a bit posher! Our material started to get a bit more melodic after that.”

Dave, and his older brother, Ray, formed the band, which included Pete Quaife, and Mick Avory — Dave was one of the first rockers with shoulder-length hair, and my 10th-grade brain was freaked. Up until then, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, and so forth, all had hair longer than the 1950s with a near-bowl cut, but down to the shoulders? WTF!
However, it way-quickly became way-normal.

Those initial two songs from the Kinks continue to resonate — first, “You Really Got Me” and the raunchy chords:

And a really-good  cover by Van Halen — great opening rift from the late-great Eddie:

And the second release, “All Day And All Of The Night”  — released just three months later:

A sufficient cover by the Scorpions:

Leap forward a half-decade later (1970) and the last Kinks’ song I really noticed, “Lola,” and it was different, too:

Thus, we’ll end there…
And after that flashback respite, we now return to normal programming:

Shit! Shit! Shit! — let’s go back to bad acne and walking with a slouch.

And, once again, here we are…

(Illustration out front: Cover of self-titled debut Kinks album, and found here).

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