The Gazette, December
Our music critics pick the best of 2007
9. Ray Davies: Working Man's Cafe (V2). Rock's most lovable
curmudgeon bashed out 12 songs in a hurry, which probably explains why
most of them sound like lost Kinks classics.
News.com.au, By Noel
Mengel December 21, 2007 11:00pm
Davies unkinks creativity AFTER waiting until age 62 to
deliver a solo album, Other People's Lives, Ray Davies has released
the even-better Working Man's Cafe.
Working Man's Cafe (V2/Shock) sounds exactly what his fans
are hoping for, and that's a new Kinks record. A vintage one, at that.
Davies has been making records since 1964, most of them with The
Kinks, and here he hits a groove that sits neatly beside high-quality
'70s albums like Sleepwalker and Misfits. Which is
to say Working Man's Cafe is a rock 'n' roll record,
guitars and drums pumping, Davies' voice sounding as lively and as
confident as it did at his commercial peak.
Big L with 3 more Kinks
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23:15 Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
23:18 Dead End Street
23:21 Waterloo Sunset
Great start for Big
L's new program
"This Sunday At Nine" starting with The
Kinks This weekend Mike Read hosted the first in a new series of Big L
programmes. This Sunday At Nine is an hour-long show dedicated
to a specific artist or genre. Each week will feature a different
Today (18 November) Mike presented the music of The Kinks. "Formed
in Muswell Hill in the early 60s by Ray and Dave Davies, these north
London sensations have gone on to record some of the most memorable
songs of all time, influencing thousands along the way." It
is repeated Wednesday at 21.00.
The Kinks on This Sunday At Nine is over
repeats next Wednesday (21 November) at 21.00 22:55
Dead End Street
22:51 David Watts - The Jam
22:49 Stop Your Sobbing Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders
22:48 On Rays Reunion Plans
22:44 Vietnam Cowboys - Ray
22:39 Come Dancing
22:36 A Well Respected Man
22:33 Death Of A Clown - Dave
22:26 Celluloid Heroes
22:23 Days - Kirsty MacColl
22:19 Supersonic Rocket Ship
22:15 LOLA - Robbie Williams
22:12 The Village Green Preservation Society 22:08 Working Man's Café - Ray
22:05 Tired of waiting
22:03 You Really Got Me
21:00 Waterloo Sunset
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on "This Sunday At Nine"
International radio station, Big L 1395AM
will be kicking off its new weekend feature, This Sunday At Nine with
a look at the music and career of The Kinks.
Hosted by former Radio 1 DJ, Mike Read,
the hour-long programme will feature classic Kinks tracks, forgotten
gems, as well as a few cover versions (Kirsty MacColl, Pretenders et
al). Both Ray and Dave will have songs included.
The show airs this Sunday (18 November)at
21.00. It repeats next Wednesday (21 November) at 21.00
Davies. Kinks legend has
come out with two quick albums of great new songs. One of the
great bands out of the British invasion, the Kinks, in my mind,
matched the Beatles. Certainly out-rocked them. His tour last
year was terrific, and even newbies were awed. One of the
all-time great pop songwriters, if not the greatest (sorry,
band pays tribute to Ray Davies, Kinks on new album
Taking the lead of one of his favorite bands – The
Kinks – Trokan made sure that his songs were filled
with interesting characters.
“I think that’s something I’ve always tried to
do,” Trokan said. “Ray Davies is kind of the
master of that. He can pick a subject and write a
whole record about it, no matter how detailed it is.
But I’ve always liked making up a character and then
writing about that person.”
Boston Arms, London The Kinks Fan Club Meeting 2007
Supported by Pete Watkins and Friends
the original 16 track version of
The Village Green Preservation Society,
This will be the first time the album
has been performed live as a suite of songs, and the first
time ever for several of the songs!
thesun.co.uk “I’m not a content person,” he says.
“Not one of these wise old heads. I’m an old head but I’m not
wise. That gunshot put me on a course. Maybe I wouldn’t even have
finished a record because I was on the verge of moving to New Orleans
and taking up these writing courses, starting with the kids.”
Have anyone been contacted
by Caroline Jones?
As we remember are Jobo
Developments thrilled to have secured the site of The Clissold Arms.
And they stated: "In respect to the Kinks Memorabilia & subsequent historical
connection to the Clissold Arms, I would like to confirm the
We have no intention of removing it from the building; at no
point did I use the word 'auction'- or state that the Kinks
historical connection to the Clissold was not in keeping with
the way we wish to run the Pub.
Our only aim is to enhance both the natural features &
atmosphere of the Clissold Arms & to provide a quality food
Who have they consulted to live up to these aims, how will they secure
" the Kinks
historical connection to the Clissold"?
If they told us, it would lead to a lot
of good-will and enthusiasm. Will it be a singsong
/ sing-along on the 24th of
november? - what a great reopening of the Clissold Arms!
Owners of 'Kinks pub' deny nightclub claim
"According to Malcolm Matthews,
who lives next to the car park in Orchard Court, off Annington Road,
11 shipping containers and several more skips have arrived and left
"Architect Ian Archer, whose home overlooks the car park from the
other side of Fortis Green, added: "Malcolm told me that large
numbers of skips had been filled up with material and the only
suggestion that I could come up with was that they were excavating the
But a spokeswoman for Caroline
Jones, director of pub owners Jobo Developments, said: "They are
not doing anything at all to the basement. There isn't going to be a
club downstairs or anything.
"There have been no layout changes other than an addition of a
galley kitchen - which is probably why the neighbours saw skips.
"There were apparently some structural problems so the back area
had to be repaired. The Clissold Arms will just
reopen as a local pub with good food."
My band with Ray Davies is on the front page
"Following the release of the band’s
album debut, 2000’s “Mass Romantic,” the New Pornographers got a
career boost at the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference in
Austin, Texas. Ray Davies of the Kinks, the conference’s keynote
speaker that year, joined them on stage for a performance of the
Kinks’ classic “Starstruck.”
“It made people notice us,” Collins
said. “I guess there was
a buzz already at South By Southwest. We were one of those up and
coming bands, but it was bizarre getting up at 7 in the morning the
next day to catch a plane and there’s a newspaper in front of the
hotel room and my band with Ray Davies is on the front page of the
entertainment section. We were just like, ‘Holly cow, it’s really
He doesn't stint on Kinks' numbers, and remains an engaging
and energetic performer at 64, dedicating the raunchy yearning
of Tired of Waiting for You to his frequently estranged
Man's Café" "Ray Davies".
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Electric Proms - WhyKinks have seen it online:
What a show, invite your friends, listen to the show,
have a good time, oh god he makes a difference! Here are
Online until 4 November
Roundhouse Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town
Ray, you really got me
"For those present, this was
a Last Night of the Proms they will never forget."
By André Paine, Evening Standard 29.10.07
André Paine's rating
Uploaded on Flickr by BBC
A great picture of Ray and his friends
A great picture of Ray and his friends LINK
29 October 2007
Ray Davies rounds off the
Electric Proms in style
The singer, who was backed
by a nine-piece band throughout his set, also played four
songs off his new album 'Working
Man's Cafe which is officially due out tomorrow (October
29) but was also given away for free in last week's Sunday
Times, much like Prince's
recent release through The
Mail On Sunday. In reference to last week's
giveaway, Davies said:
"My new record is not out until tomorrow but strangely
some people seem to know the songs already. There must be some
sort of conspiracy.""
Use the LINK button to read it all, recommanded!
"This is not a column about my
new favorite movie, "The Darjeeling Limited." This
is not a column about the soundtrack to that film, which is
also excellent. This is a column about how "The
Darjeeling Limited" reignited my love affair with the
best British band not named the Beatles: The Kinks"
Kunsten å elske Ray
Davies - The Art Of Loving Ray Davies
This is the headline of a swedish article in the
norwegian newspage "ABC Nyheter". Lennart Persson writes
about his meetings with Ray Davies. LINK
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Dalton On "Who's calling Christian"
There is a competition going on at Virgin Radio called 'Who's
Christian' Use this LINK
to get more info. You can vote for John so that
he might win £10,000 for his favorite charity. (a Leukemia
You can also hear John Dalton here: 'John
Dalton' by The Kinks (here you can here John the carpenter telling
Christian about John the baptiste)
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Ray Davies and his friends from Muswell Hill.
The Kinks’ Ray Davies will close this years BBC
Electric Proms in London togheter with the Crouch
End Festival Chorus, and Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell.
BBC: "A member of the esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
since 1990, it is a privilege to have Ray Davies performing as part of
the BBC Electric Proms. Playing tracks from his new album 'Working
Man's Café' along with classic hits from The Kinks' canon including
the brilliant 'The Kinks are the Village Preservation Society', Ray
will also be joined by some very special guests including the Crouch
End Festival Chorus and Razorlight's Johnny Borrell."
2. "The area was the birthplace of musicians Ray
Davies of the The
Kinks, who began their career here and helped immortalize it with
Hillbillies. A plaque and memorabilia in the Clissold Arms pub
in Fortis Green commemorate Ray and Dave's first public performance
3. "Crouch End Festival Chorus (founded 1973) famous for performances
Proms, multiple film scores, and promotion of its own concerts of
varied classical and modern music rehearse at Fortismere
School every Friday night."
Ray Davies and friends
on the bbc:
the gig on Monday 29 October: 20.00-22.00.
highlights on Sunday 28 October: 00:10-00:40
highlights on Monday 29, Tuesday 30 October.
to watch for a week from Monday 29 October.
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Online 14/10 2007: Ray Davies: free download
Plus pick up his new album free in The Sunday Times October 21
"On Sunday, October 21, British music legend and lead
singer of The Kinks, Ray Davies, will release his eagerly
anticipated new solo LP ‘Working Man's Café’, free with
every copy of The Sunday Times. Written by Ray, who headlines
the BBC Electric Proms on October 28, it looks set to be the
definitive album of his 40-year career." (kaa
Download "Vietnam Cowboys" on this
Official Kinks Fan Club website:
"Fan Club Meeting 2007
This year's Fan Club meeting at THE BOSTON ARMS
178 Junction Road (Tufnel Park Tube) LONDON will take place on SUNDAY,
NOVEMBER 25TH 2007 with
KAST OFF KINKS live on stage.
Support will be Pete Watkins and Friends perfoming the Village
Green Preservation Society, (original 16 track version) in full.
will be the first time the album has been performed live as a
suite of songs, and the first time ever for several of the songs!
Tickets available now at £12-00."
Angles Times: "self-constructed Kinks tour"
"Rick Walden of Beverly Hills taught his sports law class last
Thursday at the University of San Francisco, returned to Los Angeles
Thursday night at 11, flew to London on Friday, saw the game Saturday,
took his own self-constructed Kinks tour of Ray Davies' Muswell Hill
neighborhood on Sunday morning, saw the game Sunday and planned to fly
back to Los Angeles today, then to San Francisco on Tuesday to teach
sports law for four hours."