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the KINKS – GREATEST HITS! – August 12, 1966
There were actually a select few band’s greatest hits collections that actually contained their “greatest” hits; the Kinks achieved this with a diverse collection of true hits!
00individual ended up buying nine of the ten singles on this Greatest Hits album – and then bought the album!
Origins of Garage “Punk” Rock had its beginnings in the early ’60s in choice pockets in the U.S. The earliest on record would be the Fabulous Wailers and then the Sonics both from Tacoma, Washington and as instrumentalists Paul Revere and the Raiders from the Pacific Northwest via Boise, Idaho as early as ’59. Later the Seeds and the Music Machine in L.A, California along with the Electric Prunes and the Standells and below San Francisco in San Jose, the Psychotic Reaction of the Count 5 . . . and meanwhile, a full year earlier in 1964 we have the Kinks, ripping it up in the U.K. with two solid classics; “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night” – seriously does it get any better than this? Imagine hearing these two for the first time, it’s enough to make you want to get a band together and whomp out those iconic chords – and Garage Bands across America and the U.K. did!
“Till the End of the Day”, “Tired of Waiting for You”, “Who’ll Be The Next in Line”, “Set Me Free” and “Something Better Beginning” provide the righteous Rockin’ transition to the playful but pointed put-downs of “A Well Respected Man” and “A Dedicated Follower of Fashion”.
Originality was the strong element that set the Kinks ahead of the other popular bands at the time; the Stones, the Animals, DC5, the Yardbirds and even the Beatles covered songs on their albums but the Kinks delivered original catchy, hard rockers with direct titles, young lust lyrics, hard Rock rhythms and hot riffs and perfect vocals that were what all bands, garage or otherwise, emulated.
Back in ’64, ’65 and ’66 the Kinks were up there in the forefront of the prevailing Rock Hierarchy with an underlying aggression that played out in all of their songs whether clever, heartfelt, sarcastic or rebellious.
The Kinks; Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Mick Avory and led by Ray Davies, had it all, but literally missed the boat at the height of their career – jump the album track listing to see why.
“You Really Got Me”
released 1964, reaching #1 in the UK and #7 in the U.S. Also featured on the Kinks’ 1965 album Kinks – 2:13
“Tired of Waiting for You”
released in 1965, reaching #1 in the UK and #6 in the U.S. Also featured on the Kinks’ 1965 album Kinda Kinks. – 2:34
“Set Me Free”
released in 1965, reaching #9 in the UK and #23 in the U.S. – 2:12
“Something Better Beginning”
from the Kinks’ 1965 album Kinda Kinks. – 2:26
“Who’ll Be The Next in Line”
released in the U.S. as an A-side of a single, reaching #34 there, and as the B-side to the U.K. single “Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy”. – 2:02
“Till the End of the Day”
released in 1965, reaching #8 in the UK and #50 in the U.S. Also featured on the Kinks’ 1965 album The Kink Kontroversy. – 2:16
“Dedicated Follower of Fashion”
released in 1966, reaching #4 in the UK and #36 in the U.S. – 3:05
“A Well Respected Man”
released in 1965, reaching #13 in the U.S. – 2:44
“Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy”
released in the UK as the A-side of a single, reaching #17 there, and as the B-side to the U.S. single “Who’ll Be The Next in Line”. – 2:16
“All Day and All of the Night”
released in 1964, reaching #2 in the UK and #7 in the U.S. – 2:24
Unfortunately, 00individual didn’t get to see the Kinks live and neither did most U.S. fans because during their only U.S. tour at the time in ’65 they appeared on a Dick Clark TV special without paying their mandatory dues to the American Federation of Musicians. The Federation blacklisted them for no specific reason and the Kinks could not tour the States for over four years.
In retrospect, Ray Davies assessed, “In many respects, that ridiculous ban took away the best years of the Kinks’ career when the original band was performing at its peak.”
Sad to know of what we were robbed of and why; but an important note in the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
However, . . . the Kinks were a rowdy, rebellious bunch with physical infighting onstage and off and troubles that went beyond the normal “angry young Rock band” syndrome.
Sounds like some blatant Rock Karma must have spared us from an alternate history triggered by possible “Kinks shenanigans” in the U.S. back then.
The KINKS GREATEST HITS!
Another historic and classic element of the peak year of Pop ‘n’ Rock Culture
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