The Dude Of The Week: 4/16/17
The Dude Of The Week" first started on my Facebook page in March 2009, because I didn't know what to do with that text box that they added underneath your profile picture. Finally, I thought the perfect way to utilize that useless addition would be to present the latest "man crush" that I've developed over the past seven days. I did it for six years straight, week after week without interruption - until I stopped. Now, with the success of The Keystone Statement, I bring DOTW back from it's Internet depths. So without any more verbal garbage, here it is.
If you're not familiar with DOTW's boundaries of induction, here's a little pertinent factoid: entire bands can be inducted; we've done so without any qualms in the past and so the traditions shall still remain, right here on The Keystone Statement.
That's where The Kinks come in. With Spotify being so diabolically clever at baiting me into it's tempting web that is it's "Premium" subscription (three months free made one like a moth to flame), it has provided DOTW many opportunities to re-familiarize itself with some straight-up fine tunage that ranges from 90s gangster rap, to Carole King, to our previously mentioned posse from across the pond. I downloaded 20-something odd songs of theirs and so many of them hold that test of time, some with peppered with wit and sweet guitar riffs ("Come Dancing", "Apeman" & "Lola" obviously) all with an underlying tone of empathy. The Davies brothers may fly under the radar when names like McCartney or Jagger get tossed around, but in no way should they be, as they're just as significant, clever and downright good to jam to. Plus, this music video (from '82) may be one of the greatest music videos of all time (at least in my top ten of coolness).
Doesn't Ray Davies look almost spitting image to Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel? Or like if Fiennes and Vincent Price merged together? Maybe that's a little more accurate.