March 16, 1987 |
It was a kinda klassic, kinda kwerky, kinda typical Kinks koncert Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium. The veteran British quintet charmed the capacity crowd with selections from its 20-plus years of sporadic hits, but most of the show was devoted to beery renditions of head Kink Ray Davies' versions of radio fodder; the best of which sounded as off-handedly raunchy and funny as the bust-up-the-dance-hall band the Kinks have always prided themselves on being.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2010 |
Pete Quaife, the original bassist for the Kinks who played on such early hits as "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night" and "Tired of Waiting for You" before leaving the British band in 1969, has died. He was 66. Quaife died Wednesday of kidney failure in Herlev, Denmark, according to British news reports. He had moved to Denmark in 2005 after having lived in Canada for many years. "Without Pete there would have been no Kinks," Dave Davies, an original band member, said on his website.
HOME & GARDEN
June 8, 2013 |
I knew the relationship was over when she told me she'd never heard of the Kinks. I could overlook her mood swings, her occasional cruelty and even those all-too-frequent phone calls with her "ex"-girlfriend, but music ended up being the deal breaker. I had given her a mix tape, and I chose tunes that lived in my heart. Buddy Holly, Sandy Denny, Tom Waits, Nick Lowe, Kate Bush, Television, Big Star - a deeply personal canon. I stayed up all night working out the ideal segues, pulling records and dropping the needle just so. I calculated minutes and seconds for the perfect track list.
October 22, 1995
Having caught Ray Davies' solo performance at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Oct. 10, I was reminded of the article Sunday Calendar ran on the best British groups of all time (Sept. 26, 1993). As I recall the Kinks were ranked fifth in the Top 10 list. This drew some protest from Calendar readers who felt that the Kinks did not deserve such a ranking. Now I am inclined to agree with them. After hearing Davies tell the Kinks' story through selected passages of his autobiography and beautiful acoustic renderings of Kinks classics, I was offered a glimpse of the ingredients required of a true artist.
November 17, 2011
MUSIC Noel Gallagher is front and center, both live and on his solo debut, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. " Not as memorable as Oasis' best anthems in the '90s, or as nasally rock-ready as his brother's latest incarnation, Beady Eye, the album hovers within a melodic good-to-average middle ground. If Liam hones the Stones, Noel reworks later-era Kinks, forgoing guitar theatrics for the inclusion of strings, horns and a chorus. The album encircles themes of love, melancholy and aging.
June 29, 1990 |
"The Sex Pistols Live at Chelmsford Top Security Prison" may be the unlikeliest compact-disc release of the year. If we weren't closing in on July 1, you'd swear the whole thing was an April Fool's joke. First, who could imagine prison officials in 1976 approving a concert by the leaders of Britain's punk-shock brigade--a band that thrived on controversy and confrontation?