There aren't many rock bands that can say they touched three decades with success. This weekend's installment features a band that had hits in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Pete Townsend, lead guitarist of the Who, was a big fan of these guys and thought their songs were the highest form of poetry.
For a brief moment, early in their existence, they sported a lead singer by the name of Rod Stewart. By now, we all know that didn't work out so well; and after calling themselves the Bo-Weevils, Ramrods, and Ravens, they settled on a name that stuck for the duration.
This weekend, PYY salutes the music of The Kinks.
This first song didn't make the charts in Britain, but made it to #13 in the United States. Here is Well Respected Man:
Next up is a song about the state of the world and its social consciousness, in the 70s. The video isn't the best, but the song is one of my favorites. Here is Apeman:
What Kinks tribute could be complete without their biggest and best known hit of their career. This is about something I was lucky to have never experienced in my wilder days, but a guy I once worked with did. It's a song about an drunken encounter with a tranvestite, the name of the song is Lola:
Finally, we have my favorite song by Ray and the boys, from 1983. This song became their highest rated American hit, and is about nostalgia and progress. If you are old enough to remember the dance halls of the 50s and 60s, you'll love this one. Here is Come Dancing: