The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

It's Official:
Kinks Better Than Beatles!


The public have spoken!

(Although Days or She's Got Everything beat the pants off You Really Got Me, but I guess those beer commercials pay the bills. Don't get me started about the Hewlett-Packard ads though.)

4 comments :

sleepybomb said...

ahh, but what about pete townsend, he has to be the biggest corporate rock whore of all time. he'll sell any of the old who catalog for a buck to anybody.
and i kinda like hearing 'picture book' all day long blaring from the t.v., beats that insane whoo-hoo song for vonage, aaarrrggghhh!

mwl said...

You hate to say it, but you told us so.

swac said...

At least I was wrong about Jethro Tull.

Richard Gibson said...

The Kinks are seriously underated even here in there home country.

Top 3 Kinks LP's for me:

1. Arthur or the decline and fall of the British Empire
2. The Village Green Preservation Society
3. Face to Face

Have you noticed in Wim Wender's superb 'The American Friend' Jonathan Zimmermann (played by Bruno Ganz) has a copy of 'Face to Face' in his workshop and can be heard singing along to 'Too much on my mind' in a quiet contemplative moment when he is sweeping up...