The Kinks

The Kinks “Arthur (Or the Fall and Decline of the British Empire)” Album Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | February 14, 2024

Ho-hum, another classic Kinks release

The Kinks, “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society” Album Review

By Steve Crawford | February 11, 2024

an argument for conservatism in the classical sense of the term

The Kinks, “Something Else by the Kinks” Album Review

By Steve Crawford | February 7, 2024

“I had achieved everything I set out to do creatively and I was 22 years old.”

The Kinks, “Face to Face” Album Review

By Steve Crawford | February 3, 2024

The lack of commercial success did not correspond with the quality of the material.

The Kinks, “Well Respected Kinks” and “The Kinks Greatest Hits!” Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | January 30, 2024

It’s a coin flip

The Kinks, “The Kink Kontroversy” Album Review

By Steve Crawford | January 25, 2024

confident, smart, tuneful, hard rocking, and endearing

The Kinks, “Kinkdom” Album Review

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2024

some real treats and some minor pleasures but is ultimately bogged down

The Kinks, “Kinda Kinks” Album Review

By Steve Crawford | January 20, 2024

transitioned away from their early raw period

The Kinks, “Kinks-Size” Album Review

By Steve Crawford | January 17, 2024

ultimately suffers from weak and inconsistent material

The Kinks, “You Really Got Me” Album Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | January 15, 2024

a young act who were much more spirited than accomplished

Short Term Kinks

By Steve Crawford | January 10, 2024

Only in the world of the Kinks would a song as important as “All Day and All of the Night” not be included on a proper album

My Top 500 of the 20th Century

By Steve Crawford | September 17, 2021

a form of personal jesus

The 1,001 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century – 560 to 551

By Steve Crawford | April 1, 2021

ready to trade me for a piece of architecture

Bad News In The Age Of Covid-19

By Iman Lababedi | January 17, 2021

“the dreadful has already happened”

Under The Blood Red Moon, Songs For The Apocalypse

By Alyson Camus | September 12, 2020

I had never seen this before

The 1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1980s – 290 to 281

By Steve Crawford | July 22, 2019

I hope tomorrow you’ll find better things


By Steve Crawford | August 19, 2018

“I had achieved everything I set out to do creatively and I was 22 years old.”

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 230 to 221

By Steve Crawford | July 4, 2018

one of Davies’ “sharpest homoerotic songs.”

Ray Davies Teams Up With The Jayhawks, Listen To ‘Poetry’ From His Upcoming Album

By Alyson Camus | January 24, 2017

‘Where is the poetry?’

Oldies But Goldies: The Kinks As Hillbillies

By Mike Nessing | June 3, 2016

An absolute sales disaster

Oldies But Goldies: Mike Nessing On The Kinks’ RCA Years

By Mchael Nessing | March 24, 2016

I love it unashamedly

10 Songs: Saturday, December 26th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | December 26, 2015

It was among the top five most streamed Kinks songs on Spotify

Ray Davies Joined Dave Davies For One Song Kinks Reunion, Last Night Live In London, December 18th, 2015!!! (Video Included)

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2015

The audience went wild. Excitement, joy and genuine emotion as that 2 minutes and 14 seconds of one of the greatest rock’n’roll songs of all time blasted out from the stage

Oldies But Goldies: Former Contributing Editor Mike Nessing And I Discuss “Something Else By The Kinks”

By Iman Lababedi And Mike Nessing | December 17, 2015

nice and smooth

Glyn Johns At High Fidelity, Sunday November 16th 2014

By Alyson Camus | November 19, 2014

this guy has recorded with about everybody in the music business, from The Rolling Stones to the Who, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, The Beatles, the Kinks, the Clash,… basically there is a great chance that the classic song stuck in your head right now, was recorded by Glyn.

David Bowie Writes Liner Notes For Kinks Greatest Hits

By Iman Lababedi | September 16, 2014

The other thing to keep in mind here is the following: since the Kinks digital output has been disastrous and since just about every single album the band have ever made deserves a deluxe version, let’s hope the band start sorting out their past history before they are too late to do it.

The Kinks reunion Set For 2014, But No Dave Davies???

By Iman Lababedi | August 28, 2014

I don’t believe the Kinks without Dave is the Kinks, it is something else. Ray might as well get an orchestra again: “Yes, it would. I think it’s all down to the music. If somebody can’t or won’t play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it.”

1983 – A+ List

By Steve Crawford | August 14, 2014

“Age of Consent,” New Order. Three years after permanent mope Ian Curtis offed himself, New Order effectively established a new post punk sound, sounding a bit like a less attention needy version of the The Cure. An unexpected entry on your “Songs About Jailbait” playlist.

the Best of The Kinks Komplete

By Steve Crawford | July 30, 2014

Where Have All The Good Times Gone,” 1965. At the ripe old age of 21, poor rock star Ray is already wondering what’s happened to the worry free lifestyle of his youth. This sounds like a major hit, but was a B-side in 1965, then bombed as a single in 1973 (released after Bowie did his cover on Pin Ups). Is it just me or does the mother figure sound like a cougar?

10 Songs: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 30, 2014

Stop Your Stobbing – the Kinks – Those background harmonies, Ray’s wife at the time, right, the “oooh ooohs” under “stop it stop it”? I could listen to it forever. It is like Torre giving the ball to Cone for one out in game six of the world series in 2000: Ray wasn’t doing her a favor, he used her for what the song needed – A

The Best of The Kinks – Part II

By Steve Crawford | July 28, 2014

The picture is Waterloo Station in the mid 1800 but by the time young ray wrote about it, it was an industrial quagmire, Number One? Crawford had this to say: “Waterloo Sunset,” 1967. The most beautiful song I will ever hear.

The Best of the The Kinks – Part 1

By Steve Crawford | July 26, 2014

My first draft list had 25 entries, but with feedback from experts like Bill Holdship, John Kordosh, Iman Lababedi, Michael Bennett, A.C. Rhodes, and others, the list expanded to 40 and I could have easily included many others (“Powerman,” “Two Sisters,” “God’s Children,” and “Celluloid Heroes” are among the missing)

10 Songs, Sunday, April 27th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | April 27, 2014

Fever On The Bayou – Rodney Crowell – What a tinglingly wonderful singalong country swamp song, it rolls off the tongue and snaps like a frog at a flea – A

"Sunny Afternoon" At The Hampstead Theatre, Reviewed

By Olga Ruocco | April 26, 2014

Timewise it starts in 1964 and ends at Madison Square Garden. For the sake of the play, there are chronological discrepancies, but the artistic licence is used for definite dramatic effect, and to bring things to a full circle. The songs which fit into the action as if they were written for the play Smile are not in Kinks-Time chronological order, but work to further the action or the emotional scenes we are witnessing.

The Kinks To Reunite For 50th Anniversary?

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2014

My bet: everything else notwithstanding, I bet they’ll settle their difference and tour. … two miserable old men doing it for the money, perhaps. But it is a lot of money and if they perform “Harry Rag” I will personally flip out.

Kinks Reunion In 2014? Makes Sense

By Mahalia Dark | October 2, 2013

Given the state of affairs, a tour seems inevitable and I would guess it would be very very good. Talk about a catalog to fall back on, the mind boggles as to what they could provide we Kinks Kultists. My assumption is that Ray is too much of a pro to get into the deep album cuts, we’ll be lucky if we get “Harry Rag”

Hear ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-29-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2013

S.O.S. In Bel Air – Phoenix – The catchiest song off their last album and neither song nor album has lit the world on fire, but that doesn’t mean this catchy electronic pop rock shouldn’t have done better – B+