The Kinks: David Watts

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. Out out town traveling by car. Heavy in the audio rotation was a collection of Kinks songs. Always worth sharing the Kinks I figure, and the school year is well underway now, so why not post the classic, David Watts. Many of Ray Davies' songs are none-too-subtle satirical slams, like Mr. Pleasant, Well-Respected Man, and Dandy. You figure when this one starts that it will be the same, especially since the narrator is "a dull and simple lad" who "cannot tell water from champagne." And also because leading "the school team to victory" was not exactly a 60s ideal. Yet, in the end, it seems like a nice presentation of adolescent idol worship. The music is a ska-influenced precursor to the New Wave music that developed 10 to 15 years later.


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