The Kinks were part of the first great British invasion that followed on the heels of the Beatles. Tight, punchy pop songs like You Really Got Me established them as a cut above many of the other invaders but they never achieved the popularity of more commercial groups like the Dave Clarke Five. I have their first lp (with bonus tracks) tucked away in an mp3 collection.
The lp I owned when I lived in Cape Breton was Face to Face. This remains my favourite. The production was influenced by Sgt. Pepper. The songs have sound effects & other studio tricks, all of which work. Like all their material they are sardonically romanic, socially sharp & flower power trippy. Chipper with touches of English Music hall. My favourite track ‘Rainy Day In June.’
I never did become a fan though. I did love ‘Lola’as one of the first pop songs that was about sexual diversity. I had the cassette of ‘Lola Verses Powerman’ but the sound quality was iffy – the song cycle is about the music industry & has sharp comments, that remains are today. I finally upgraded it to a stand-alone CD & guess what the iffy sound quality remains 😦 I guess it was engineered that way.
I also have 2cd set Kinks Kronikles which is a sort of hits compilation which satisfied my need for their later work. I enjoy the Kinks when they come up in my play rotation. The Face to Face cd has a slew of bonus tracks.
On the shelf near the Kinks is movie soundtrack of The King & I. This was one of my mother’s favourites & remains one of mine too. Brenner does his own singing, Marnie Nixon dubbed Kerr. I love all of these songs. This cd has the re-constructed Uncle Tom ballet which was not on the lp. Sweet.
Finally on this bit of the shelf is The KLF: Justified & Ancient featuring Miss Tammy Wynette – an ep of different versions. I love this when it hit the discos & takes me back to the early 90’s in a good way. One of the most surreal mash-ups of country & dance music ever & it works.
Devon squinted his eyes, dropped his voice to a growl.
“Not, Hey Mark do you want to be killed, strangled, mutilated and left butt naked in the back seat of a ’58 Plymouth.”
“Nothing like that.”
My cell phone rang and rang.
“Aren’t you going to answer it.”
“It can go to voice mail.’
“You are really afraid.” Devon sort of laughed.
“You aren’t taking this seriously are you. Or do you know more than you are letting on. You do, don’t you, you fucking asshole.”
Devon’s smile got bigger as he back away from me.
“No! No! Honest. It’s weird to see you sort of panic like this. You are usually so calm.”
“If this is some set up I’ll never speak to you again. This isn’t funny.”
Devon tried to keep a straight face.
I checked my voice mail.
“It’s Dave. He wants to know what’s keeping us.” I called Dave back.
“Hey Dave we’re on our way … A little delay getting the car parked. Yeah Devon is with me. we should be there in about five minutes.” I shut the cell phone.
“Was it him?” Devon asked.
“That called you. Did the voice sound like Dave’s?”
Devon’s cell rang. He answered it. He dropped it the ground.
“What!” I asked.
“He said – Mark wants to kill you.”
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