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  •  Those of you who know me know I'm a massive (3+ / 0-)

    Kinks fan, and I think Waterloo Sunset would rank in the "poetry" contest, and I think a lot of what Ray Davies has written could be thusly classified, though much of it is also too quirky and music-hallish for that.

    I've always felt that Road Runner (Modern Lovers) was pretty poetic in a sort of early 70's TS Eliot kind of way.

    •  'Road Runner' is a fine anthem, especially after (3+ / 0-)

      I lived in Boston for eight years. Great album, sui generis.

      Ray Davies is an immense talent. He had his own Imperial Phase, from You Really Got Me until around '72. The band, and especially the two brothers, always had a lot of friction. Being banned from the US for several years, and never getting the huge success they clearly deserved, wore them down in the end - somewhat, as they continued to come up with occasional great tunes until they finally fell apart.

      In the second half of the '60s, Ray Davies wrote a jukebox full of gems. Just marvelous songs, that nobody else would have thought of. Many people say Waterloo Sunset is the greatest pop song of all.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 08:44:09 PM PDT

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