Ray Davies - Imaginary Man
"Do you think I've betrayed my class?" Ray Davies once asked a friend, shortly after moving to big house in Hertforshire. "Ray, you could live in Buckingham Palace and it would be a Council house", was the reply. Within a few months he'd moved back to his old council house.
The Beatles were far bigger commercially, but the Kinks had a certain texture or depth to their songs that set them apart from their rivals. I certainly relate to their songs in a way I could never with the Stones, Beatles or The Who.
Alan Yentob's documentary on Ray Davies showed the songwriter as a hugely complex character, troubled by his craft and the occasional ruck with his bro. Yet there are only a handful of bands that portrays the vivid city panorama of the Kinks: Small Faces, The Jam, Squeeze and, to a lesser extent, Blur.
I'm diggin' out the album 'Dead End Street'.
Strange dude. A rare breed.