Throwback Thursday With The Kinks ‘Village Green’

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This month’s Throwback Thursday is based on the 1960’s – The decade that changed everything.

This week we look at mod god’s The Kinks

The Kinks left a huge mark on British music history throughout the 60’s, with hits like ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’, and ‘All Day And All Of The Night’. However, it was their lesser known albums and songs where the real Kinks gems were found, especially on their 1968 album ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’.

With songs such as ‘Do You Remember Walter’, and ‘Picture Book’, this album was phenomenal, and is sadly often forgotten about when they are brought up in conversation due to the huge success of ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘All Day And All Of The Night’. Despite how well written this album was, it failed to chart on release, having only sold c.100,000 copies. worldwide. However, not everything about the release of the album was bad, as it received great reviews, and was called ‘the album of the year’, which is something that should be cherished, as it was released in the same year as ‘The Beatles (White Album’ by the Beatles, ‘The Dock Of The Bay’ by Otis Redding and ‘Bookends’ by Simon and Garfunkel.

This album marked a milestone for The Kinks, it was the end of an era, as bassist Pete Quaife left a few months after the release, but it also was a turning point in terms of the direction of their music. From this album onwards, The Kinks became less ordinary, and more outlandish, with the release of their 1970 album ‘Lola And The Powerman Versus The Moneygoround’ which was completely different from what fans had heard before, and marked the Kinks’ success once again, as it was the first album in 2 releases. In between the release of ‘Village Green Preservation’ and ‘Lola..’ came a concept album which Ray Davies had written for a Granada TV play which never aired, this was the album ‘Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire).

‘Village Green…’ featured 15 songs, 4 of which were released as singles (none of which charted);

  1. The Village Green Preservation Society (Single)
  2. Do You Remember Walter? (Single)
  3. Picture Book (Single)
  4. Johnny Thunder
  5. Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains
  6. Big Sky
  7. Sitting By The Riverside
  8. Animal Farm
  9. Village Green
  10. Starstruck (Single)
  11. Phenomenal Cat
  12. All Of My Friends Were There
  13. Wicked Annabella
  14. Monica
  15. People Take Pictures Of Each Other

Overall, this album was a huge flop for the Kinks, and came at a difficult time for the band, due to family circumstances and legal issues for Davies, and then Quaife leaving, however, it is still an important, and influential album, and should be remembered for this, not for it’s success (or lack of).

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