Picks and Pans Review: Give the People What They Want

UPDATED 11/09/1981 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/09/1981 at 01:00 AM EST

The Kinks

Seventeen years after the members of this British quintet scored a smash with You Really Got Me, they demonstrate that they've still really got us with 11 punchy iconoclastic rock songs. Despite his current romance with New Wave heroine Chrissie Hynde, bandleader/chief composer Ray Davies proves he's no pretender—though his flair for put-on is still intact. Is the title cut, for example, just a familiar pander to populist-spirited fans? No, it's a nasty indictment of network television: "When Oswald shot Kennedy, he was insane/Now we watch the reruns again and again/We all sit glued while the killer takes aim/'Hey mom! There goes a piece of the President's brain.' " The Kinks remain tight, but not constrained or antiseptic. Dave Davies' guitar is still boldly original, and brother Ray's quirky vocals are anything but silky. It's heartening to see that the Kinks haven't straightened themselves out.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters