Tag Archive: The Kinks

BBC FOUR Documentary explores Hits, Hype and Hustle in the Music Business – but whatever happened to Attitude, Albums and Ability?

About halfway through the first episode of the BBC documentary ‘Hits, Hype and Hustle,’ a series designed to give insight into how an artist becomes successful in the music industry, the old rock romantic within me asked: ‘Whatever happened to attitude,…
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DON’T LOOK BACK WITH CANDOUR – Noel and Liam tell how Oasis conquered the world in ‘Supersonic’ documentary.

While the technique of having the opening scene of a film return at the end (with the story told in between) is hardly new, it does work perfectly for the compelling Oasis documentary ‘Supersonic.’ Beginning with the group boarding a helicopter…
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JIM RODFORD (1941-2018) – Gentleman and Bass Player Par Excellence;

It was with enormous sadness last night that I read Jim Rodford, latterday bass player of The Kinks, had died after falling down a flight of stairs. Rodford (76) was also a member of the Kast Off Kinks and a…
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HELLO 1967 – GOODBYE 2017: Twenty Great Albums from a monumental year for rock.

TWENTY GREAT ALBUMS from 1967: By now the album had superseded the single as the vehicle through which an artist would most express their visions and true ambition. Few would have predicted the long-player to have travelled so far in such a…
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SANTA BANTER – Twelve Christmas Songs unlikely to be heard as department store background music.

On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me: Forget those other Festive foibles and listen to twelve Christmas songs that really matter: CHRISTMAS – The Who: Poor Tommy doesn’t know what day it is, but Townshend,…
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EVERYONE’S A WINNER – The best twenty albums in the greatest year for rock

1971 – With the demise of The Beatles the previous year, were the Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin trying to fill the void or reached a stage they could match the Fabs on their own terms? The Kinks…
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DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK – Twenty Songs Where Rock and Roll Celebrates Itself

WE KNOW WHAT IT IS – AND WE LIKE IT, LIKE IT, YES WE DO……………… LONG LIVE ROCK – The Who; IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL – The Rolling Stones; ROCK ‘N ROLL NEVER FORGETS – Bob Seger & The…
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IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR – in 1971 rock music reaches its peak.

Career peaks for Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell and Rod Stewart – in 1971 popular music reached its high water mark. On a recent flight to Alicante from the UK I read a magazine article making the case for 1966 being…
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STORE WARS – Twenty Tracks for Cyber Monday and beyond………………

Twenty Songs about the oddities of Outer Space. SPACE ODDITY – David Bowie; MR SPACEMAN – The Byrds; ROCKET MAN – Elton John; MAN on the MOON – REM; SUPERSONIC ROCKET SHIP – The Kinks; ECLIPSE – Pink Floyd; THEY…
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