Friday Playlist: Kinks Covers

GOD BLESS THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY!

Not many bands can claim to have altered the trajectory of rock 'n' roll with only their third single, but The Kinks managed to inject something primal into the mix with 1964's "You Really Got Me," and fourth single, "All Day and All of the Night" only cemented their place in rock's primary '60s blueprint pantheon. That they followed these raw marvels with SO much amazing music is particularly impressive. While many of their contemporaries were stumbling towards gentrification in the late '70s, The Kinks were still challenging themselves and their listeners, and ultimately rediscovering what a swell singles band they were in the early '80s. While their latter years have seen only fractious dissent between its members, The Kinks remain one of the most beloved bands by serious music geeks and musicians.

This week the Playlist offers up a baker's dozen of fab interpretations of what siblings Ray and Dave Davies and their collaborators have wrought. We tried to steer into lesser known waters, and suspect many will be skeptical of Leif Garrett's take on "Lola" until they actually hear it. As always, our mission at JamBase is to lay cool music at your feet and leave the rest to you. For this Friday, why not stand up and shake a tail feather to some of these jumpers and enjoy the joys of some great songs played well?

And check out last week's Playlist, with real rawk from Cheap Trick, Super 400, Thin Lizzy and more!

Playlist assembled by JamBase Associate Editor Dennis Cook, who still loses it in the best of ways whenever he hears the original "All Day and All of the Night"…

[Published on: 11/20/09]

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