The Kinks: Schoolboys in Disgrace

The Kinks: Schoolboys in Disgrace

Episode 28

Episode date - May 4, 2018

How Music Changed

    This album marks the end of the Kinks’ run of ‘theme’ albums. The cover certainly wasn’t going to win any awards, and to be honest, the material was sub-par for a band as consistently excellent as the Kinks were.

    For a variety of reasons, most of them personal, this era (the mid-seventies) surely qualifies as the least productive in the band’s thirty-year tenure. “Schoolboys in Disgrace” ends the phase based on Ray Davies’ self-indulgent songwriting, dancing uncomfortably between maintaining a (vague) storyline, and simply rocking out.

    The band was overdue for a change – “Schoolboys in Disgrace” works as a purge, ending a very confusing era while paving the way for another, more lucrative phase.

    Featured tracks include;

    School Days

    Jack the Idiot Dunce


    The First Time We Fall in Love

    I’m in Disgrace


    The Hard Way

    The Last Assembly

    No More Looking Back


    Ordinary People (live)

    Hidden Quality

    Channel 149 - The Kinks