Quick, here’s the lightning round for Final Jeopardy: what’s the best-selling Kinks original album in the US? Nope, it’s not Lola vs. Powerman… Hint: don’t feel bad if you can’t think of it, our guest Ray Davies still can’t believe it either. It’s Summer 1979’s Low Budget , containing “Superman”,”Gallon of Gas“, the song for our times forty […]
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“When we’re on stage is the only time when it’s not serious,” muses Kinks kingpin Ray Davies, the seminal band’s lead singer and masterful songwriter. “There’s so much recording nowadays that’s got to be so high tech and so intense. (Recording live ) took some of the pressure off of it, because the guys in […]
…a trifecta of revitalized rock beginning with 1977’s Sleepwalker & 1978’s Misfits. Recently knighted Sir Ray Davies joins me…
Kinks singer/songwriter Sir Ray Davies In the Studio discussing the early years.
After World War II the worldwide success of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Cream, and a bit later Led Zeppelin all had a profoundly positive effect on the British self-esteem. All of these predecessors of Def Leppard were almost entirely influenced musically by the blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music of […]
The four original members of Van Halen, guitarist/songwriter Eddie Van Halen, big brother drummer Alex Van Halen, lead singer/lyricist David Lee Roth, and ex-bass player/backing vocalist Michael Anthony are all unanimous in this classic rock interview in their recollections of their unaided efforts before signing their record deal and releasing that now-legendary debut, Van Halen, […]
Def Leppard are first-ballot inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
We had never met anyone in rock music quite like The Pretenders bandleader Chrissie Hynde, and honestly in the almost forty years since, I still haven’t. And if anyone tried to tell her story, you would swear it was some punk rock fairytale dreamed up by a screenwriter with an over-active imagination. That’s why I […]
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