Home' Rhythms Magazine : January-February 2019 Contents First, they like the songs. The songs sort of sell
it and it was a memorable group at the time.
We’ve got a certain sound that we make and it
all seemed to gel together.
It was all the psychedelic era and this was sort
of going back to rural England, a sort of more
rustic sort of thing that was a real contrast,
That’s right, yes, and harpsichords and things
like that on it and it had a different feel
completely to what was going on at the time.
But it’s nice that it’s at last had its just dues, as
It was also an
interesting time for
the Kinks because
you’ve been banned
from the U.S.A. I think
at that stage. You
hadn’t had a hit single
for a little while,
although ‘Lola’ wasn’t
far off, and that was
going to be huge. I
think Ray might have
been having a few
problems too. Do you recall the recording
sessions and like what was going on at the
Well, you know, you’re always wondering
whether it’s gonna be picked up or not but
we never followed trends - or Ray didn’t in his
writing. He felt, at that time there was more
than a nostalgia thing about England and
there’s a lot of stuff about England in his songs.
So the music moves through different phases.
I think we went in the direction of Ray’s songs,
and what he was writing. So we covered a lot
of different subjects, but you were always in
the hope that something’s going to hit with
But we did ‘Days’ and had some single success
that time when we weren’t in America,
because we were banned from 1965 to 1969.
In fact, it’s three years, but we went back to
America with the Arthur album in ‘69. So, we
had to claw our way back to success. But even
then, we didn’t follow trends. That was quite
a successful album, I think, Arthur, but after
that it sort of moved into the ‘Lola’ thing, and
then it went off again after that. We started
writing about some more theatrical things and
we had all these people on stage, and we did
that Preservation Act 1& 2, which was really a
diversion. Couldn’t really classify is at all, what
we were up to.
You must have recorded a lot of material
because there are multiple discs in this new
Yes. A bit later on in ‘72, we had our own studio
so we had more time to kick things around.
Then Ray wrote so many bloomin’ songs. I
mean there’s loads of songs that he wrote that
we didn’t record, I think. There’s just stacks of
them. But we recorded a fair number of them.
Even now we’ve got some that haven’t been
used from the ‘80s. We’re looking into that.
Maybe we can do something with those. I was
speaking to Ray about that only yesterday.
So, we’re gonna forage through and see what
we’ve got there. So, that will be interesting.
You still talk to Ray regularly?
Yes. Ray’s always around between gigs and I’m
a signatory at the studio. So, we’ve got that tie,
and the staff, wages, and all that stuff. So, I’m
there and I’ve got a little job as it were, mainly
signing things. So, that’s always been the case
because I’ve always done that throughout the
There was a rumour earlier this year in some
of the British magazines that there would be
some sort of a reunion.
Yes and this keeps
popping its head up
every now and then.
If it carries on much
longer it will be a
I mean it’s always
there for us to do
if we can come to
a decision about
it, but up to now
we haven’t, really.
Because it seems
older and I’m the only one that really does gigs.
Dave does a few in America but he had a stroke
many years ago now but he never got back to
the standard he was. He just does it because
he’s lucky he can do anything at all. But he does
very well for his condition. So, we’ve got that
Plus, Ray can’t do what he used to do. He’s
slowed down a lot. We couldn’t put on an
energetic show like we used to, so we’d need
help. We could make appearances and go
through it all and with all today’s tricks and a
bit of help from other people, I think we could
actually put shows on. But it’s a question of
how we do it.
Last time we discussed it seriously - because
I left the band in ‘84 then they went on for
another 12 years, and the band was different
the original band, or do they carry on from
when they left off in ‘96? That was the bone of
contention at the time when we were talking
about it with Ray and Dave. So, basically one
wants to do it with me and one doesn’t. So,
we’re certainly with me in the middle again. It’s
funny, I’m a middle boy in my family and I’ve
always been in the middle of two extremes ever
since. Horrible job. I want to be a hell raiser, not
Just talking about this release, the Kinks
always seem to me to be the quintessential
English band - the most English of the British
bands of that era - and this album really
reflects that, doesn’t it. I think even more
English than the Beatles and the Stones.
Yes. I think so because the subject matter of
what was written and the songs, the words.
Ray wrote so many words and they’re very
descriptive and what it described was very
detailed, really. You never get two verses alike.
There’s always lots of words in his songs, so
there’s a good lot of content there just to listen
to the lyrics, even - apart from the song and
whatever else is going on, That’s a strong point
with Ray’s songs.
“Ray wrote so many bloomin’
songs. I mean there’s loads of
songs that he wrote that we
didn’t record, I think. There’s
just stacks of them.”
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