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Sunday 10 January 2010

The Kinks 'Misty Water'

The Kinks wrote at least as many of the great songs of the 60s as anyone. They had great hair, and wore clothes second only to The Small Faces in their mod-nattiness. They also had warring brothers, one of whom, Dave Davies, nearly killed the drummer by throwing a cymbol at him at a gig. Their 1967 lp The Village Green Preservation Society is now routinely held up as their masterpiece but it sold pretty poorly at the time. Ray Davies had songs that he left off it, which were almost released in the USA as Four Respected Gentlemen, but that was then shelved. How anyone could leave this song, Misty Water, as an out-take is beyond belief. This has been covered by Mr Wild Billy Childish, who doubles the tempo and the noise. I might post it at some point. In the meantime, enjoy a lost song from pop's most mythologised decade.


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