Funky Friday – Kinda Kinky

Hey Hey – It’s a guest blogspot for this weeks Funky Friday – and me ol’ mate Bleecher (who also has his own cyberspace scrapbook the marvellous Dedogblog )is pushing the buttons at mission control..

Well hats off to Mr Mondo for letting me (dis)grace the pages of his tip top blog type thing. I’ve dug out a nugget that’s gonna get you reaching for those Paisley shirts and keys to your Union Jack E-type folks!

‘Brainwashed’ starts like a perfect slice of high revving, free loving, rollock along, late sixties pop brilliantly spun by The Kinks. Fair play – all would be good if it carried on like that, and would still keep you doin’ the ‘Mashed Potato’. Austin Powers on Red Bull, Vodka, steroids and even more acid springs to mind.

Errr but no, the divinity that is Mr Ray Davis and Co, had plenty more up their more than adaquately sized flared and ruffled shirt sleeves. Chucked in at the end of the first chorus, like a ‘do something to fill that gap Dave’ thowaway line, is a snarling PUNK riff.

Yeah, you heard me. PUNK

Listen on to the middle eight, and check out just how big and ballsy Dave Davies guitar sound is when he plays another chuckaway riff all on his tod. This track predates the release of the first Stooges album by a few months, and I’m thinking who had more global exposure at that point? I’m not saying The Kinks invented punk, but listen to Dave Davies’s parts in some of the early Kinks recordings and the choppy, loud, angular, garage style that became the hallmark of the punk sound is all there.

It’s testament to the great songwriting talent that is ‘The Kinks’, that they only use the riff just twice in the whole song – and this great track only made it as a B-side!! (to the ‘Victoria’ single). Note to Mr Mondo do I get extra Curly Wurlies for combining your B-side babies and Funky Friday features?
Yes, the chocs in the post (ouch!) – PM

Thanks for reading – may your sun shine and life be full.
(now read my blog or I’ll come round n’ nick your Coco Pops)

The Kinks – Brainwashed.mp3

And as a kinky bonus here’s another Kinks cracker

The Kinks – ‘She’s Got Everything’.

The Kinks – She’s Got Everything.mp3

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11 Responses to “Funky Friday – Kinda Kinky”

  1. Roman Empress Says:

    What a groovy way to start the weekend, Mr Mondo. Dig

  2. high quality guesting there x

  3. Planet Mondo Says:

    It’s a real leg shaker – 10 house points to Bleech for digging it up.

    Great haircuts in the photo too, I may take it to my local barbers ‘Johns’ and ask for one like it

  4. Glad its set you up for a groovy weekend roman …. Only the best for Mister Mondo Ally … ta for the house the points PM, but where’s ma chocs???

  5. Nice guesting there indeed, and what a startling intercutting of Swingin’ London spangle and dirty old riffing that song is.

    You wanna talk him up from the Curly Wurly there Bleech -I’m thinking this is Lion Bar quality stuff…

  6. Roman Empress Says:

    How the bleedin’ hell is it possible I hadn’t heard that Kinks song before. Jesus! I’ve listened to it 7 times already (to make up for lost time). Thanks bleecher!

  7. davy dont start me on the chocolate confectionary tip…. the day the ‘starbar’ was reintroduced to our snacking menus should have been made a public holiday!!

  8. BTW Ally, the track was first released on the kinks album ‘Arthur – Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire’ its a cracking LP well worth digging out

    Bounty anyone?

  9. Planet Mondo Says:

    RE
    I hadn’t heard it before either- It’s a stormer..

    DH/B I’m planning a blog bit about sweets for the other side (it’s Harold Lloyd today) but you can have sneaky peek here.

    There’ll be pics like
    this

    note the mint Crunchie at the top

    And sounds likethis

  10. I Am Not The Beatles Says:

    Hello Mondo. Off topic I know, but you asked about Lion’s Roar on my blog – which we now know thanks to Word was actually The Roaring Boys.

    Just to let you know that completely coincidentally, Neill Maccoll who used to sing in The Roaring Boys has quite literally just released an album with Kathryn Williams to many rave reviews :

    http://music.guardian.co.uk/folk/reviews/story/0,,2260741,00.html

    Spooky!

    Ian TB
    http://www.iamnotthebeatles.com

  11. Planet Mondo Says:

    Hi IAN that’s just spooky – I’ve seen the ads for the album (with that crazy conker cover art – but never made the connection, thanks for the update

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