In the early seventies, the Kinks blew their golden opportunity to become superstars in the U.S. After the sudden resuscitation of their career with the incredible success of “Lola”, it seemed inevitable that they would take their rightful place with the Who and Led Zeppelin to become one of the most successful English acts of the new decade, but this was not to happen.
Perhaps it was due to the turmoil of Ray and Dave Davies’ personal lives, with divorce (the former), addiction (the latter) and paranoia (both) affecting their attitudes toward their career, but the Kinks blew their opportunity. Instead of staying focused on their second chance, the band became a caricature of themselves, performing as a modern version of a fey British music hall comedy act. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of all this was that the band remained so incredibly entertaining, even while most Americans lost interest.
The Kinks lost their broad audience, but they attracted a cult following that related (and reveled) in their self-destructive tendencies. This show captures the ‘beautiful car-wreck’ aspect of the band in all its glory, featuring excerpts from a performance in NYC’s Carnegie Hall from March 1972.
Top of the Pops
Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
Banana Boat Song
Skin and Bone
Till the End of the Day
She Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina
The Good Life
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