Tag: Kinks

Sunday 4/11/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Kinks – Give The People What They Want (1981)

Give the People What They Want is the nineteenth studio album by the English rock group the Kinks. It was released in August 1981 in the US but not until January 1982 in Europe. It was delayed because Ray Davies wanted to produce a full-length video for the album but financing fell through. Also scrapped were plans to remix the album for the European market. It was initially aimed to be a statement on the media.

  1. “Around the Dial” 4:45
  2. “Give the People What They Want” 3:45
  3. “Killer’s Eyes” 4:40
  4. “Predictable” 3:31
  5. “Add It Up” 3:14
  6. “Destroyer” 3:47
  7. “Yo-Yo” 4:10
  8. “Back to Front” 3:15
  9. “Art Lover” 3:22
  10. “A Little Bit of Abuse” 3:45
  11. “Better Things” 2:59

Ray Davies – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Dave Davies – guitar, vocals
Jim Rodford – bass
Mick Avory – drums
Ian Gibbons – keyboards
Chrissie Hynde – vocals on “Predictable”, “Add It Up”, “Art Lover” and “A Little Bit of Abuse” (uncredited)

Tuesday 6/23/2020 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Kinks

The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States until their touring ban in 1965 (as a result of constant fighting between the brothers). Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned “You Really Got Me”, became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including American R&B and rock and roll initially, and later adopting British music hall, folk, and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fueled by Ray Davies’ wittily observational writing style, and are considered one of the most influential groups of the period.

Early works included albums such as Face to Face (1966), Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), and Muswell Hillbillies (1971), along with their accompanying singles. After a fallow period in the mid-1970s, the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with their albums Sleepwalker (1977), Misfits (1978), Low Budget (1979), Give the People What They Want (1981) and State of Confusion (1983). In addition, groups such as Van Halen, the Jam, the Knack, the Pretenders and the Fall covered their songs, helping to boost the Kinks’ record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.

Ray Davies (rhythm guitar, lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the band’s 32-year run. Longest-serving member Mick Avory (drums and percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit, formerly of Argent, in 1984. Original bass guitarist Pete Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in 1969. After Dalton’s 1976 departure, Andy Pyle briefly served as the band’s bassist before being replaced by Argent bassist Jim Rodford in 1978. Session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band in the studio for many of their recordings in the mid-to-late 1960s. The band became an official five-piece in 1970, when keyboardist John Gosling joined them. Gosling quit in 1978; he was first replaced by ex-Pretty Things member Gordon Edwards, then more permanently by Ian Gibbons in 1979. The band gave its last public performance in 1996 and broke up in 1997 as a result of creative tension between the Davies brothers.

The Kinks have had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40. In the UK, they have had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums. Four Kinks albums have been certified gold by the RIAA and the band have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Among numerous honors, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music”. In 1990, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005. In 2018, after years of ruling out a reunion, Ray Davies and Dave Davies announced they were working to reform the Kinks.

Tuesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks & Ray Davies (2012)

Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks & Ray Davies is a compilation album containing recordings by The Kinks and Ray Davies, released August 13, 2012.

Waterloo Sunset
You Really Got Me
Tired of Waiting for You
Sunny Afternoon
All Day and All of the Night
Till the End of the Day
Autumn Almanac
Set Me Free
See My Friends
Death of a Clown
Dead End Street
This Time Tomorrow
You Don’t Know My Name
Plastic Man
Supersonic Rocket Ship
Better Things
Don’t Forget to Dance
David Watts [live in New York, 1980]
Dedicated Follower of Fashion
Come Dancing
Where Have All the Good Times Gone [live in Massachusetts, 1979]
Victoria [live in Switzerland, 1979]
Big Black Smoke
Yours Truly, Confused N10
Working Man’s Cafe
London Song
Fortis Green
Postcard from London
Muswell Hillbilly
Denmark Street
Berkeley Mews
Holloway Jail
Lavender Hill
Willesden Green
Life On the Road
End of the Season
Next Door Neighbour
Did Ya
Most Exclusive Residence for Sale
Waterloo Sunset Choral

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60’s

This week on Sounds of The 60’s:  Rascals. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Otis Redding, Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kinks, Mary Wells, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Nancy Sinatra, Four Seasons, Dion, Elton John, Koko Taylor, Edwin Starr and many many more . . . 

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60s

This week we feature:  Yardbirds, Jimmy Ruffin, Ray Charles, Lesley Gore, Supremes, Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra, Ides of March, Duane Eddy, Dion, Kinks, Del Shannon, Cream, Rolling Stones, Cowsills and more . .  .

Wednesday 10pm: Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes

Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE (born 21 June 1944) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television. He is often referred to as “the godfather of Britpop”. After the dissolution of the Kinks in 1996, Davies embarked on a solo career. – Wikipedia

More music from Ray Davies and The Kinks following the program.

Thursday 7pm: British Music Rocks with Paul Whatley

bmriiThis week music from the Beatles, Moody Blues, Kinks, Paul McCartney, The Who and many many more. . .