February 19, 2006 |
The Arctic Monkeys "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" (Domino) * * * * Ray Davies "Other People's Lives" (V2) * * * 1/2 THE British make rock music the way the Greeks made marble statues. That's not exactly a news bulletin, but the simultaneous release on Tuesday of Ray Davies' first full-fledged solo album in his four-decade career and the debut by brand new sensations the Arctic Monkeys puts it in dramatic perspective.
January 13, 2005 |
Ray Davies has learned to embrace his long season of reinvention. In recent years, the Kinks frontman has lamented the indefinite hiatus of the band he led for decades, but as of late he's responded with renewed energy and ambition unknown to many of his surviving contemporaries from rock's original British Invasion. In 2008, he released a moving and at times autobiographical solo album, "Working Man's Cafe"; this year, he began reinterpreting his life's work with a large choir on the just-released "The Kinks Choral Collection."
January 6, 2004 |
Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot but not seriously injured Sunday in New Orleans by a man who allegedly stole his female companion's purse, BBC News has reported. Davies, 59, was visiting the city's French Quarter when two men walked up to him and his companion and grabbed her purse. When Davies ran after them, one turned and shot him in the leg, police said. One man was arrested and police were searching for the other as of Monday.
April 3, 1997 |
When his singing voice has vanished, when his songwriting muse has bid him a final adieu, Ray Davies will probably be able to carry an evening on charm alone. But the evening when he has nothing to fall back on but his classic Kinks catalog and the skills and instincts of a superlative ham seemed far away Tuesday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Davies was back with "20th Century Man," the one-man (plus guitar accompanist) show he has been trouping about since mid-1995.
March 29, 1997 |
"I'm a 20th century man, but I don't wanna be here." --a 25-year-old refrain that is Ray Davies' pithiest statement of his attitude toward modernity * While many of his rock 'n' roll peers during the 1960s were trying self-consciously to break with the past and declare the dawning of a brave new age (that somehow never came), Ray Davies was writing songs for his band, the Kinks, that often cast him as the last of the Victorians.
March 29, 1997 |
It's embedded in rock 'n' roll lore that Ray Davies, Kinks singer, doesn't get along with Dave Davies, Kinks guitarist. And now, it turns out, Ray Davies, writer of a Kinks memoir, doesn't care to read Dave Davies, writer of another Kinks memoir. Dave's autobiography, "Kink: The Outrageous Story of My Wild Years as the Founder and Lead Guitarist of the Kinks," was published last year.
June 1, 1996 |
Rock singers don't usually talk much about their songs in concert. Maybe it's a matter of letting the music speak for itself, or maybe they figure that too much information will corral the listeners' imaginations. So the premise of the new VH1 series "Storytellers," is a good one: Put a performer in an intimate space and have him (sorry, but the first four scheduled storytellers are all men) sing the songs and tell the stories behind them.
October 11, 1995 |
Ray Davies has described himself in song as "one of the survivors," but more than that he is one of the great originals. No other rocker has been gifted with as potent a combination of talents and abilities as has Davies, the driving force of the Kinks since 1964: comic wit and timing, an actor's hamminess, joy and ferocity in rocking out, and invention, warmth, insight and grace in song composition. Now to those attributes we can add solid literary command.