The Kinks - Sleepwalker

The Kinks: Sleepwalker

Episode 29

Episode date - May 11, 2018

How Music Changed

    This show marks the beginning of yet another phase in the Kinks career.

    In 1976, the band’s contract with RCA Records ended, leaving them open to change. A few years earlier, Clive Davis left Columbia Records under disquieting circumstances, leaving him to set up shop with a new independent label of his own, called Arista Records. Besides ingénues and new talent, Davis hoped to add a few classic acts to his roster, and the Kinks suited that purpose well.

    The only problem was that the band had not been selling very well as of late, so Davis more or less insisted that the band return to writing potential hit songs rather than rock operas. The result was the before-mentioned change in style, commonly referred to as the band’s ‘arena rock’ era.

    Featured tracks include;

    Life on the Road

    Mr. Big Man



    Juke Box Music

    Sleepless Nights

    Stormy Sky

    Full Moon

    Life Goes On

    Artificial Light

    Prince of the Punks

    The Poseur

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