Due for broadcast next month, ( December 21st I think but am not 100% sure ) the BBC will be showing an interview with Ray by Allan Yentob. "Imagine – Ray Davies: The Imaginary Man BBC ONE and BBC ONE HD www.bbc.co.uk/imagine Alan Yentob meets a man who is widely considered one of the most important songwriters in the history of popular music – The Kinks' Ray Davies.
One of the great musical innovators in the history of pop, singer-songwriter Davies shot to prominence in the Sixties as the front man and main creative force in The Kinks. The writer of a series of inspired hits (including such classics as You Really Got Me, Tired Of Waiting For You, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon and Waterloo Sunset), Davies established himself as one of the great laureates of British pop. The wit and subtlety of his lyrics express an essentially British suburban sensibility – yet the music of The Kinks appealed to pop fans all over the world, including the United States, where the band became one of the most important contributors of British music to the US in the early Sixties.
Describing a remarkable career that catapulted Davies from a modest boyhood home in London's Muswell Hill to some of the greatest rock stadiums in the world, this film assesses the work of a uniquely talented musician and lyricist whose work has influenced successive generations of rock bands, including outfits as diverse as The Who, The Ramones, The Clash, The Pretenders, Blur and the Kaiser Chiefs. As The Who's Pete Townshend put it: "Davies ... invented a new kind of poetry and a new kind of language for pop writing that influenced me from the very, very, very beginning."
Imagine is simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108. "
Ray Davies: 'Simon Cowell should save 100 Club' Date / Time Venue Town/City Seetickets Viagogo
Songwriting legend thinks the music mogul should help to stop the venue from closing November 15, 2010 | 3 Comments Buy Ray Davies Music from Amazon UK Ray Davies news RSS feed More Ray Davies news, reviews, videos and tour dates Ray Davies thinks that music mogul Simon Cowell should help to save London's 100 Club.
The basement venue on Oxford Street, which has seen performances from the likes of The Kinks, The Clash, Oasis, David Bowie and Bob Dylan, could soon be shut down due to spiralling overhead costs.
"Simon Cowell should underwrite the money needed to save the 100 Club," Davies told SpinnerMusic.co.uk. "That would be a real payback. The amount of money he takes out of pop music he could put some back in."
"I'm very concerned about the 100 Club," Davies continued. "The Kinks played there and it's such an iconic venue we shouldn't allow things like that to close down. Everything is being overrun by the chain stores and the conglomerates and it such a pity that the 100 Club has to suffer like that."
The legendary songwriter also revealed that his own Konk Studios are facing closure due to decreasing recording budgets and increasing overheads.
"The running costs have gone up and recording budgets from record companies have gone down and people record in a different way now," he explained. "Whereas people would go into record for six weeks, now they'll go in for maybe two days to lay down the drums and then do all the rest on recording programmes in their bedrooms at home."
Despite such potential closures and reducing budgets, Davies still believes that there is a way for bands to break through on their own.
"Even with X Factor and Britain's Got Talent there's a little band rehearsing in a garage somewhere waiting to break through on their own without any of that stuff," he said. "That's what I'm looking forward to hearing."
"The Julien Temple directed BBC Imagine special will be broadcast on Dec 21st. It is a 75min special highlighting the new 'See My Friends' album and traces Ray's history from year one to present day. It features some rare unseen archive footage and Alan Yentob interviewing Ray, ex bandmates, family etc. in and around North London. It will not likely be broadcast outside of the UK until after the new year."
I was able to see an advance of this and it is quite good...I'll see if I can bring some copies back from London in a few weeks.
Last Edit: Dec 3, 2010 12:20:19 GMT -5 by franklima