Last year millions of fans were hoping The Kinks would re-form to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of "You Really Got Me". Sadly, it didn't happen and nearly a year on it looks more unlikely than ever.
The three remaining members of the original line-up (Pete Quaife passed away in 2010) are still playing live, but sadly not together.
So while we wait for a miracle, below is a performance by Ray Davies - wait until about 1 minute 30 when the band really starts to rock. This is absolute dynamite.
And as someone described Ray Davies "There are no words that can adequately describe the greatness of this man"!
From the film “Easy Rider” comes a roaring anthem of turbo charged rock in the form of “Born to Be Wild” performed by Steppenwolf. It’s incredible to think this only reached number 30 in the UK charts in 1969. How could so many people fail to add a copy of this incredible record to their vinyl collection!
So how do you think a version by a 42 year old female vocalist released in 2002 could possibly compare to such a classic performance?
In my opinion Kim does an amazing job. It’s not a copy of the original, it’s a complete re-work and it won’t be to everyone’s taste. But it is well worth a listen – and for a 42 year old Kim still looks amazing.
Then check out her performance on German TV from when she was 26 years old. It proves some women don’t need to take off all their clothes to look hot. This is pure sex on legs! I can't think of many female performers with this much sex appeal. She is up there with Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot when it comes to beauty, brains and total sex appeal that goes off the scale!
You just have to watch this. What an incredible f**king performance by an incredible band. Debbie's vocals are amazing (as usual). My main two highlights of Debbie Harry are seeing her perform at a secret gig at The Borderline Club in London in 1989 to a "crowd" of about 200 people. I was right at the front.
And then interviewing her and Chris at UEA in Norwich for the magazine I ran at the time. Meeting her up close and hanging out for an hour. Nice memories.
For my money Clem Burke is the most exciting drummer since Keith.
In 1964 when I was 14 years old I heard songs like “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks and “Don’t Bring Me Down” by The Pretty Things and these songs changed my life much more than hearing The Beatles or Gerry & The Pacemakers. This music had a raw edge where I found the Liverpool bands more polished and lacking energy on record.
Then along came The Who. From the very first time I saw them performing “I Can’t Explain” on Ready Steady Go! I was hooked.
And when they released “My Generation” and Roger Daltrey sang the words “hope I die before I get old” I knew my life would end at 30. I told my mum when she said I shouldn’t go to the hairdressers and have my hair dyed blonde. What’s unusual about that? Well, I was a 16 year old boy at the time!
I was a typical(?) teenager of my time. Needless to say I didn’t die at the age of 30. My life went on and now I’ve reached my 60’s.
Now I’m the “Old Guy” and all around me are a “new generation” of teenagers.
They have their own music that I don’t understand – just like my parents didn’t understand The Kinks and The Who.
Groups in the 1960’s thought their career would last for a year or two and then they would have to go back to a “proper” job. For many of them this was to be the case. I was reading the website of the Liverpool band The Searchers the other day and they talked about their original drummer Chris Curtis. When he left the band in early 1966 to go solo his future looked good. However, things didn’t work out and his life changed back to “normal” when he took a job in local government as a civil servant. Sadly, Chris passed away in February 2005.
Yet, for many bands the future proved to be very bright. Sure, there were low points when the hit records dried up. Some people, like Chris (talented as he was), decided to give up, some lost their money and some sadly passed away too soon.
But the strong survive. Groups like The Searchers and The Hollies have done extremely well indeed.
For example, Tony Hicks, guitarist with The Hollies has a very beautiful house next to George Harrison’s estate in Surrey.
There are hundreds of groups and solo artists who hit the big time in the 60’s and who are touring nowadays and making more money than they ever did back then.
When I became manager of The Troggs in 1978 they had no money left from their heyday of the 1960’s. In fact, Reg Presley declared himself bankrupt in 1979 from money he owed to the taxman.
Yet, when Wet Wet Wet released a version of “Love Is All Around”, a beautiful song Reg had written about his wife Brenda, the money came pouring in and he became a millionaire twice over within 12 months!
My point is – there is music for the teenagers of today – and there is music for the teenagers of yesterday - of the 1950’s, the 1960’s, the 70’s and the 80’s.
In fact, you might not realise over 90% of the acts who fill the big stadiums such as Wembley Arena are made up of musicians in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and in the case of The Rolling Stones, even their 70’s!
More people aged over 50 attend live concerts than the under 30’s!
Music has the power to take you anywhere you want to go. Back to your youth or around the world. I’ve even been into outer space with a little help from Hawkwind!
Life IS a rollercoaster and one day you’ll reach the end of the line. So just hang on and enjoy the ride while it lasts.
As John Miles says on his beautiful 1976 hit record “to live without my music would be impossible to do”.
So if you haven’t done so already I highly recommend you hit the play button on the video and prepare to follow the Stairway to Musical Heaven with a breath-taking performance by Ann and Nancy Wilson.
We are survivors. Stand proud. Because “Old Guys Still Rock” – and in this case, so do the ladies.