Ray Davies. Kinks

Levi501

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Don’t worry he’s still with us. Just listening to Tom Robinson on 6music with Ray Davies in conversation, most enjoyable. Always thought he is probably my favourite songwriter, observer, of Englishness through his lyrics,could name more over the decades, but what about you guys? Whose yours.
 

Tangerinetiltingatwindmil

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Phew had me going there Alan.
Great musician and singer songwriter and a gentleman.
Heard the story about a 15/16 year old girl who managed to climb into Ray Davies’s hotel room to offer her virginity to him.
50years later the grandmother (now) re calls the incident on Radio’s 4 Saturday am show.
She wanted to thank him for gently declining the offer.
 

Dave62

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Don’t worry he’s still with us. Just listening to Tom Robinson on 6music with Ray Davies in conversation, most enjoyable. Always thought he is probably my favourite songwriter, observer, of Englishness through his lyrics,could name more over the decades, but what about you guys? Whose yours.
Jeez, I was relieved to read the first 6 words of the o/p. I was worried for a moment!
Agree with the suggestions in the thread, but would also add Van the man, Dave Gilmour, Peter Green, Roger Daltrey, Bowie, Barry Gibb, Roger Hodgson)
But hard to disagree with o/p, just listen to Oasis and (for me at least), they sounded heavily influenced by The Beatles and The Kinks
Sunny Afternoon is one of my top ten of all time. Dave Davies's riff is simple but brilliant!
Edit - overlooked the fact Van the man is Irish - doh
 

Levi501

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Some canny replies there, but the thread is meant not just for English born songwriters, but for the lyrical content of English idiosyncrasies and reflections on English life.
 

BobHatton

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I think he was probably 20ish (released October 78) but still a great track and fantastic lyrics for someone so young. Tony Blackburn once commented that "punk bands always seem to sing about violence. Why can't they sing about flowers and trees?". What a moron - it's an anti-racist song you fool!
 
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