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Song of the Day: The Kinks

I can take a hint: when two different cafés on two subsequent days are both playing The Kinks’ greatest hits, reminding me of how many great hits they did have, it’s clearly a sign that I should spin one for you.  But which to pick… The obvious choice is, well, obvious: “Lola” – it’s awesome – one of the greatest rock songs ever. Or perhaps “You Really Got Me” – their third single and the song that catapulted them to stardom, with its proto-garage/punk sound. Or something a bit more cool from later in their career, like “Waterloo Sunset.” But I’m going to go with a real personal favorite of mine, a song released as a single in 1965 that made it to #1 on the UK charts and #6 in the USA, whose opening guitar twang is so distinctive, and still gets me excited:

The Kings, “Tired of Waiting for You” (1965)

When I think of cool British rock from the early 1960s, this is one of the first songs that comes to mind. There’s that guitar, Davies’ whine, the anti-love song aesthetic of it.  Wow.

But, you know, since I can, here’s “Lola” and “Apeman” (which I was saving, and yet may use, for a double-bill with The Stones’ “Monkey Man”) and a song that entered the younger zeitgeist recently through its appearance on the Juno soundtrack, “A Well Respected Man.”

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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