Kinks- Low Budget 45th Anniversary- Ray Davies 7-8

With the pending forty-fifth anniversary of Low Budget, the Kinks’ July 1979 biggest seller in their long storied career, it becomes apparent that The Kinks were the ultimate slacker band. Led by the Poet Laureate of Rock, Sir Ray Davies, it certainly wasn’t for lack of creative brilliance, but for a dearth of ambition.

Generally regarded as classic rock godfathers shoulder-to-shoulder with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and The Who, my guest In the Studio Ray Davies explains the week of July 8 why the Kinks were almost a decade behind their British Invasion peers in America when The Kinks released the trifecta of Sleepwalker, Misfits, and their biggest seller, Low Budget, back to back in 1977-79. -Redbeard