Ray Davies of KINKS has today’s almost forgotten track

Any list I compiled of my ten favourite bands of all time would include The Kinks, and though most of my friends will cite Village Green as their best album, for me it’s only their second best, as I relate more strongly to Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) from which this song comes…this was a top ten hit at the very first station at which I was MD, as was another track from the same source (Victoria)…perhaps my affinity for the disc comes from my own family’s history and how I related that to how I came to become Canadian…if I had a grandfather who had chosen a different part of the Empire to emigrate to, like Australia which Arthur chose, I wonder if I’d have been as happy and successful (in my own mind) if I’d come from there…


Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then.

His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.

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Published on August 8, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Greg Simpson


August 10, 2017 - 11:03 am

Frank Lima

The KinKs the greatest band there ever was, is or ever will be – God save the Village Green
and they were NOT just a great 60’s band all through the 70’s 80’s and 90’s they were the greatest show on earth and I should know I seen over 300 shows seen them hi and low and I live for their music, it is the only thing that gets me by and still for Ray Davies in his solo career! You can’t stop the music – Frank Lima aka Dan the Fan in KinKdom

August 10, 2017 - 11:28 am

Greg Simpson

Cool for you Frank, or Dan…I’ll settle for keeping them in my top ten forever…thanks for the post…

August 10, 2017 - 8:33 pm

Rocker Rich

A sly devil that Ray Davies. After all, with Lola, he managed to sneak a very controversial subject (transsexuality) past conservative radio programmers by wrapping it in a jaunty English music hall delivery. (A similar tip of the hat to Lou Reed for pushing boundaries with Walk On The Wild Side.

Rumours keep percolating about a Kinks reunion which would suggest that his brother Dave has made at least some recovery from a serious stroke suffered a few years back. I recall a Kinks fan claiming that one of the other original members (Mick Avory, perhaps) had settled briefly in Victoria.

August 10, 2017 - 11:50 pm

Greg Simpson

the funny thing about Lola, to me, is that in those repressive times the cross dresser got through but he had to substitute the line Coca Cola with Cherry Cola to get the airplay.
I know nothing abut the reunion tour at all, nor whether Mick lived in Victoria…I do know that Pete Quaife lived in Ontario, and married a woman from Woodstock.

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