Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sometimes Reunions Are Not Such A Good Idea


The Kinks are getting back together next year in their original format for the first time since 1969. There were a variety of other lineups until 1996 when the band called it quits for good. After seeing the success of The Police and Led Zeppelin and ignoring the tragedy of the Spice Girls, the original members of The Kinks are planning on going out on tour to support their new box set which is released next year entitled Retrospective. One of the reasons the group has not reunited prior to this is because Dave Davies had a stroke in 2004 and Peter Quaife who left the group in 1969 has severe kidney problems.

One of the problems I think groups like the Kinks face is being remembered for the great band they were or trying to go out and show everyone they are still that great band. I don't want to see a great band go out and struggle and not live up to their previous form. I don't want to have to see them have four other guys on stage with them to make them look good. Not everyone has to copy everyone else. Just leave well enough alone and enjoy being the Kinks and what you did. Don't ruin it for everyone or fans who have not yet discovered you yet by going out and making a hash out of everything you did for 30 years.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, hopefully they've been practicing and have an idea of what they can accomplish.

jax said...

You know what ' i like about you?' you know when to retire.

ms_wonderland said...

Ray Davies has been doing a solo show for a few years now, singing all the great songs and talking about how it was. Sounds depressing, but it's great fun and highly recommended. I wonder if the Kinks are doing this to help Dave out financially?

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Awww come on, they'll do fine. Their songs are only 3 chords yet still brilliant. I think they can handle that.

Miss X said...

I have no idea who this is...

Les Suckno For President said...

Dave Davie's stroke was quite tragic. It took him a number of months to learn to walk and speak again, much less play the guitar. At least the Davies brothers won't get into fist fights on tour. One can be sure they're doing it because they need the money. And frankly, I'm happy to contribute to their retirement funds given all the joy their music has brought me over the years.

Although their early singles were three chord wonders, some of their later works were considerably more complex. Witness Lola vrs the Powerman, a complex record with great guitar riffs.

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