I’m A Bit On The Kinky Side Today!

Get your mind outta the gutter—ok?  I’m Kinky because of my never-ending love for The Kinks.  I have also had a 52 -year crush on Ray Davies, the King of Kink!

He was my first-ever crush.  The first time I saw a photo of him all I could think of was “You Really Got Me”!

That crooked smile drove my pubescent hormonal pre-teen emotional state crazy with desire!

All through my school years I’ve loved The Kinks. Through my young adulthood, I loved The Kinks.  My three children were raised, not on songs like “Puff the Magic Dragon” or Rafi, but they were raised on songs like “Lola”, “Waterloo Sunset”, “Apeman”, and “Well Respected Man”. I remain a Kinks fan.  My children all remain Kinks fans.

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That beautiful head of hair…

OMG! Now wonder I love this wig. It’s like the hair Ray Davies used to have. I’ll rename my wig to Raymonda!

I got to see them in concert many times—through their very unruly behavior on stage and naughty antics until Ray Davies went on tour solo a few years ago.

This morning as I got into my car to enter the battlefield known as 422, and to curse out the idiot drivers — because we all know that I am the best driver in the world, I perused through my CD collection and decided to revisit The Kink’s “Muswell Hillbilllies” CD. In vinyl, I played this on my turntable in my room countless times.  I was 16 years old when the album was released.

 

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I had the original album. I need to head to Amazon to order this deluxe edition with bonus tracks!

As a 16-year-old, I thought the songs were cool. I never gave the lyrics to the songs much thought—even though I had them memorized.  It was the tunes, the beats, Ray Davies singing and my love for the band that was more important.

In the meantime, I’ll take this…

And so, as I was caught between the damned trucks and moving at a snail’s pace on the horrific road to work, I had the chance to really, really, listen to the lyrics of the songs.

I’m a product of this era. I still think young men look better with long hair!  Dave Davies looks extra fetching in this pic with his Hipster Jesus look! I still love Ray more!

I was blown away at how the songs mirrored my own life as well as modern life. Really. They did!  I’ll explain

20th Century Man: …”The wonderful world of technology,
Napalm hydrogen bombs biological warfare…”

Those lyrics—what do they remind you of, huh?  I’m not going to get political, but. Look what’s going on in the world. OK?

Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues: …”Well the milkman’s a spy, and the grocer keeps on following me, And the woman next door’s an undercover for the K.G.B.”

Miss Microwave herself.  She’s the epitome of this song!

Kelly Ann Conway and the microwave?  Need I say any more?  I know what she’s got!

Holiday: …”Oh holiday, oh what a lovely day today, I think I’ll get down on my little knees and pray, thank you Lord. Thank heaven for this holiday, holiday. I’m leaving insecurity behind me.
The environmental pressures got me down. I don’t need no sedatives to pull me round” …
The Pool in Theoule is MY sedative!

Holiday is basically about me when I’m on summer vacation on the Cote d’Azur.  I do thank God, I pinch myself for being so lucky and I don’t need no happy pills!!

Skin and Bone: “Don’t eat no mashed potatoes. Don’t eat no buttered scones.”

Rest assured, I’m up a good 5 pounds since this pic last month. I need to get back on track! Glad I listened to this song today!

Stay away from carbohydrates. Gonna look like skin and bones”.

I do. But I don’t look like skin and bone!  But Ray Davies has a great and fun outlook on what happens to young ladies if they try to lose too much weight!

Alcohol: …” Oh demon alcohol, Sad memories I can’t recall” …

I can recall. I was married to an alcoholic. But, the thing about this song is that it’s so good that any bitterness I could have flies out the window as a merrily sing along with Ray!

Complicated Life: …”Well I woke this morning with a pain in my neck, A pain in my heart and a pain in my chest” …

Time for Breakfast!!!!

A hypochondriac’s anthem.  Seriously.  I wake up like this every morning.  I do believe Sir Raymond Davies knows me well!

Here Come The People in Gray: …”I got a letter this morning with serious news that’s gone and ruined my day. The borough surveyor’s used compulsory purchase to acquire my domain,
They’re gonna pull up the floors, they’re gonna knock down the walls, they’re gonna dig up the drains.”

I can’t help it. This song reminds me of the evil developers that ruined the island of Manhattan for the middle class and we all had to leave. The construction men in their gray uniforms demolished buildings to make monstrous buildings like Trump Tower—another reason I hate that man.

On the other hand, I get a bit bittersweet when I listen to the tone of Davies’ voice when he sings this song. His voice reminds me so much of Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Marc was another one of my all-time Rock favorites. I miss his music.

Marc Bolan–another rock musician I loved.  I’m telling you, that slight vibrato of Davies in this song really reminds me of Marc Bolan.  I need to listen to “Ride A White Swan” again. And again.

Have a Cuppa Tea: …” If you feel a bit under the weather, if you feel a little bit peeved, Take granny’s stand-by potion” …

Margaret Crowley Wynne–the greatest grandma on earth and the greatest brewer of the best cuppa tea ever!

I listen to this song and am brought back to the kettle that was constantly on my grandmother’s stove. We drank tea in the morning, afternoon and evening.  I love tea. I miss my grandmother’s tea.  Tea is comforting.

Holloway Jail: “They took my baby, to Holloway jail, they took my baby, down Holloway jail,”

So, I can’t really relate to this song on an actual level—but there were times when I did feel imprisoned! I still love the song!

Oklahoma USA: …”All life we work but work is bore, If life’s for livin’ what’s livin’ for,”

This is relatable in the now. Work hours have gotten longer. Corporations want staff to be at the ready on their cell phones during the weekend.  People are afraid to take vacations—so what’s living for?

Corny photo–perhaps. But when you listen to this song, you will be moved.

But there is a very sad sweetness to this song. It’s about a woman who lives in a decaying home and dreams of the life of the film “Oklahoma” with Shirley Jones and Gordon McRae.

Uncle Son:” Liberals dream of equal rights, Conservatives live in a world gone by, Socialists preach of a promised land, but old uncle son, was an ordinary man.

Keep crying Ben Franklin. You and every founding father of our country are rolling over in their graves at how horrific the political parties in America have become!

How prolific are these lyrics?  How incredibly ironic that these lyrics were written in 1971 and are relative to today?

You know what?  We all have a bit of Uncle Son in us!  And he’s a great guy!

Muswell Hillbilly: …” They’ll try and make me study elocution. Because they say my accent isn’t right.

My favorite line from this song about people trying to change you.  And yes, I’ve spent a lifetime with people commenting on my—um, rather unique “New Yawk” accent.

I wawk dis fas so I tawk dis fas!

And these are just some of the reasons that I love this little collection of songs so much. I love the lyrics that Davies writes. He has this gift of bringing words together that are touching and funny at the same time—and even for the most depressing of situations, he still brings the brightness in.

I love that.  And I love Sir Raymond!  (Shhhh..Don’t tell Bonaparte!)

Sir Raymond Davis still has that most adorable crooked smile!  Be still my heart! NO–don’t be still my heart. Keep beating!

Do you still listen to the music you grew up on? Does it bring a new meaning to you now in your life?

Go. And listen to music.  And enjoy it. And sing along. And find new meaning!  And get Kinky!

Because I love the pulsing beat and the slight vibrato that reminds me of Marc Bolan I have to play “Here Come The People In Grey”—enjoy!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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16 Responses to I’m A Bit On The Kinky Side Today!

  1. Mary says:

    I never heard the song, but I was born in Muswell Hill!

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  2. Gail Hanlon says:

    What a great post! My brother adores the Kinks. He’s only 52 but got into them when I gave him the Misfits album. We really enjoyed the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon.

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    • Catherine says:

      Hi Gail! This is great! I get really happy when I find out about Kinks fans because they are a special breed! You. Your brother. What isn’t to love? XOxoxoxxoo!!!

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  3. junedesilva says:

    Marc Bolan – swoon! That hair…that face…

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  4. hipchick66 says:

    Name any song from the sixties or seventies and I can tell you a memory about it! Music was a constant in my parents lives, and mine. Here’s one….riding along with my Dad in his green VW Superbeetle, singing along to Celuloid Heroes. Xoxo

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  5. fiona says:

    Hi Catherine
    I’ve recently discovered your blog and I love your humour. I reckon we’ve got quite a lot in common…thinning hair (argh!) I’m a Francophile and also love The Kinks. I went to see Sunny Afternoon- the musical last year, it was superb, the bloke who played young Ray resembled him so well…great casting. Dead End Street is a favourite with it’s ‘kitchen sink’ lyrics so redolent of that era.

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    • Catherine says:

      Fiona. “What Are We Living For? Two Roomed Apartment On The Second Floor?” I read your comment earlier at work and couldn’t comment–and I was humming Dead End Street all afternoon. All. Afternoon! We think alike!!!! XOXOXOXOxO!!!!!

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  6. Yvonne says:

    I was just going to message you that Richard did buy Muswell Hillbillies for my son when we were on the hunt for the original US pressing of Village Green and the Preservation Society, (Original UK pressing was $800), when up popped this fantastic post. You are amazing and your music knowledge is brilliant. Just last night I was talking to Richard about you and he was reminiscing about seeing the Kinks live at Madison Square Garden in the eighties (I think). I knew very little about the Kinks until recently and enjoying the journey and all the other musical journeys you are sending me on. I miss my music (more West Coast stuff) a lot (thank you YouTube) as we kept all our vinyl through the dvd era and our children have added tens of records to the collection. Our stereo was as expensive as a very small car and our biggest purchase except for the family car and house. Its an English brand Musical Fidelity and its actually worth as much or more than what we paid for it 20 years ago. Have bought tickets for Graham Parker, Blondie, Elvis Costello and “The Who” so far this season. We cannot believe how cheap the tickets are here. Really want to see Steve Miller but no car so can’t get to venue. I remember exactly where I was when we heard Marc Bolan had died in a car crash.

    Another funny thing this morning. You probably realise that my husband is not like the live-in style counsel that Bonaparte is. So this morning he is looking at the press back in Australia and says “you should see what Mike Pence’s wife is wearing. They have just arrived for a state visit and look what she’s got on”. http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/83d39c8e365a74d8371fd9af9db58d3e?width=650

    I think she got Gap to cut up the inauguration ball dress for her travelling ensemble.

    As you know off to Philly for the weekend and more art and visiting our exchange student friends. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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    • Catherine says:

      Yvonne. Have fun in Philly! My son Roman is headed for your area –a bachelor party for one of his buddies that are getting married. I LOVE classic rock music. My girlfirend Lisa’s husband and I would challenge each other all tthe time about our knowledge! The Kinks have always been my favorite rock group! LOL!!
      I really REALLY want to get together with you the next time we are in DC!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

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  7. calensariel says:

    See! It’s true what they say! It’s all on a wheel, it all comes around — again and again and again!!!

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