Friday, December 1, 2017


Because hardly any of you freeloaders comment on posts (ahem), I have no idea what age group passes through here. So if you are of the age that knows the Kinks, take a pass if need be. I feel it necessary from time to time to be a cheerleader for this band or that, bands that really are essential. The Kinks are one, hence this post.

With this particular band I feel I owe a debt, not to them in particular but the cheerleaders that pushed them on me. Although I knew of the Kinks bigger hits back in the day, I just happened to know the president and vice president of their U.S. fan club. (The VP was Dan McLain who would later be known as Country Dick Montana.) In 1978 they were given a four pack of tickets to a show in L.A.. Most of their friends were total Kinks fanatics and were all drooling over the possibility of getting into the show. Mindful of their responsibilities as head of the U.S. fan club, they decided to invite two people (one being me) that had not seen the Kinks before. I couldn't say no, even if I wanted to. I did get to meet Ray Davies.

So, as common as these songs are to some of you, I'm paying it forward, albeit with a shitty blog post, so some of the unknowing rugrats might pick up something.

The Kinks - You Really Got Me mp3 at Drummer World
The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night mp3
at Drummer World
The Kinks - I Need You mp3
at Internet Archive
The Kinks - I Gotta Move mp3
at Internet Archive
The Kinks - I'm Not Like Everybody Else mp3
at Internet Archive
The Kinks - Til the End of the Day mp3
at Wandervogel
The Kinks - A House in the Country mp3
at Internet Archive


Anonymous said...

you had me at "country dick montana."

Anonymous said...

Knew some of their stuff, but had never heard "I Need You" or "I'm Not Like Everybody Else". Both are killer. Thanks again buddy.

Anonymous said...

And I had 6 out of the 7 songs in my iTunes library already, but inexplicably I'd never heard House in the Country. Thanks for posting.

I never knew Country Dick, but I do have fond memories of seeing the Beat Farmers back in their heyday, when he beer-gargled along to Happy Boy. That first Beat Farmers album is still one of my favorites from the mid-80s.


Tom G. said...


Dan (Country Dick) was a great friend, a total kick in the ass to hang out with even before he was in a band.


bing stills said...

Your blog is great and I enjoy finding new groups and hearing the old classics. I agree you have to educate the younguns and have them experience the opening notes of You Really Got Me hitting you in the gut. Keep it coming!