Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: The Kinks

The Kinks performed "Lola" in Providence, RI, 1979. The lyrics include the most famous ambiguous line in rock, "I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man and so is Lola." For an outstanding retrospective on The Kinks, listen to parts one and two of this past Friday's St. James Infirmary music show, hosted by my good friend Dr. Michael Mand with commentary by Prof. Thomas Kitts, Kinks scholar and chair of the English and Speech Dept. at St. John's University. The program reviews the Kinks' blues roots, their emergence as a quintessentially English band and Ray Davies' status as one of rock's greatest songwriters.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Your continued support of St. James Infirmary is much appreciated. Friday's show with Dr. Kitts was one of the highlights of my three years plus on OWWR. I've always appreciated The Kinks' contribution to the British invasion, but never put them on the high pedestal that supports The Beatles, The Stones and The Who. That is, until Friday. Dr. Kitts enthusiasm for this band permeates the entire show, as he offers incontrovertable evidence that The Kinks do, indeed, belong on that elite list. Unfortunately, we had to address much of the band's career far more superficially than deserved. And I never did ask Dr. Kitts about the possible double meaning of that most famous line from "Lola" that you brought up. Pity. A great afternoon nonetheless. And I have Renee to thank.

Jeff Tone said...

You have nothing to regret. The show was an outstanding survey of the Kinks' music and was not superficial at all. It was one of the best SJI shows ever. It certainly caused me to re-evaluate the Kinks as one of rock's outstanding bands. In addition, it made me want to get up to speed on the Kinks and Davies–surely a testimony as to how good it was!