Monday, January 23, 2017


It's a little embarrassing to admit, but I didn't know until just now that Ray Davies had been knighted. Congratulations to the Queen on her excellent taste.

Curious as to what the Jayhawks collaboration will sound like. He's always had a little country in his sound, mixed in with the Britishness. An alt-country move isn't unnatural, although it is unexpected. No one can accuse him of resting on his laurels.


susan said...

I imagine he accepted his knighthood with a certain wry amusement about being called Sir Ray, likely the only one who'd ever come from Muswell Hill.

It's a nice song to listen to - reminded me somewhat of the Village Green Preservation Society. When I lived in England I remember being surprised and kind of charmed that American country music was often imitated in pubs.

I've always been very glad I got to see the Kinks live a few times. If they're now giving Nobel prizes to musicians as common practice, I'd say Ray Davies deserves one.

Ben said...

He might be especially amused because "Sir Ray" sounds like how you might pronounce "Surrey" if you wanted to sound French or Spanish but were really just kind of drunk.

Yes, this does have a certain Village Green Preservation Society feel. It sounds like a side ender, not necessarily an album ender. The Beatles did some country-style songs, especially on the White Album, but I suspect even they didn't start the trend.

Agreed. I'm not sure I know what's going on at the Nobel Committee, but that is an idea worth giving some thought.