"I go to BlackPOLL for my holidays,"-- ILM Artist Poll #17 -- The Kinks RESULTS THREAD

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I don't think any others will make it

iatee, Friday, 20 April 2012 19:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'll close today w/the one that gave us a thread title:

14. "Autumn Almanac"
Non-LP Single, 1967/The Kink Kronikles, 1972
321 Points (12 Votes, 2 #1's)

Mimed on Top of The Pops: http://youtu.be/p_u0gn1I8xQ

Baker's dozen on Monday to close!

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 20 April 2012 19:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm hoping for Big Sky.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 April 2012 19:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

Autumn Almanac is so great. the chord structure is stunningly weird and complex, but it sounds so effortlessly catchy.

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 20 April 2012 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

really marveled at its construction when I sat down to learn to play it

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 20 April 2012 19:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

for reasons lost in the mists of time, my kids always sing this as My Automatic Cat

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 20 April 2012 20:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

What weird results. There are about 8 ringers left, but as for the rest, I have no idea.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

Catching up...

Always liked the lyrics on "VGPS" more than the music.

"See My Friends" was my #2 for no other reason than I find it seductive as hell. Maybe it's the gay subtext.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Autumn Almanac" surprised me most in relistening. Must have just blended in with stuff like "Mr. Pleasant" and "Wonderboy" too much for me in the past, but considering it on its own, I finally realized exactly how good a single it was. Had it number four when I thought originally that it would be in my bottom ten.

timellison, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

for reasons lost in the mists of time, my kids always sing this as My Automatic Cat

This is awesome. I'm still holding out hope for "Wonderboy" -- one of the best songs about new fatherhood ever.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 20 April 2012 21:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

I always thought Big Sky was the one people would vote for from VGPS, so curious to see if it's upcoming.

dlp9001, Friday, 20 April 2012 22:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

If Mr. Pleasant finishes ahead of Sweet Lady Genevieve and Animal Farm I will barf.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 20 April 2012 22:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm getting the distinct impression everyone likes different things about that record. There's at least a quarter of it I have no use for, to be honest, and I don't really rate it any higher than Something Else or Face to Face, which have similar hit-to-miss ratios. For some reason VGPS seems to hang together a bit more stylistically and thematically than the other two... my favorite songs on it aside from the title track are All of My Friends Were There and Sitting by the Riverside. Starstruck, Picture Book, Walter are all aces too

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 20 April 2012 22:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

big sky was my highest VGPS vote.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 22:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

totally baffled at how any of u could dislike "Shangri-La", but then again I dislike lotsa Kinks tunes that others seem to rate like "Sunny Afternoon", so to each their own.

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

This might be odd, but I tend to link Arthur with Who Sell Out, in the sense that they both feature a pretty incredible string of great songs, in very different styles, all leading up to (possibly) the band's best single right around the middle of the album. Have to say that going from Shangri-La to Mr. Churchill Says always seems kind of jarring, though I don't know what else they could have done. I Can See For Miles into Atlas/Can't Reach You is a much better transition.

dlp9001, Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think my #1 isn't going to place. :-(

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 21 April 2012 00:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

Autumn Almanac and See My Friends were my #1 and #2, and in large part that's due to seeing him play them live on recent tours. They seem to have more resonance and poignancy when sung by 67 year-old Ray.

ρεμπετις, Saturday, 21 April 2012 01:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's been hard to keep up with this at work. Very glad to see "Nothin' in This World...", "See My Friends," and "Love Me Till the Sun Shines." There's a chance everything on my list (of only 10) may place, although there's one where I have no idea at all if it's considered a significant song.

clemenza, Saturday, 21 April 2012 03:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

"See My Friends" is another song about Rene Davies' death.

Three Word Username, Saturday, 21 April 2012 06:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

found a nice copy of UK Jive that was recommended upthread. i agree it's some very good Kinks i'd never heard of before. thx for the rec whoever that was!

epigram addict (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

John Lennon cited Wonderboy as his favourite Kinks song. When I first heard them as a teenager, I only liked the rockers. The subtlety of his 'light' songs has crept up on me through the years.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 21 April 2012 15:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp That was probably me, but I know there's one other person on ilx who reps for UK Jive (unfortunately, can't remember who...) One song from it made my ballot ("War Is Over").

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 21 April 2012 16:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

it pleases me that people like UK jive because that means that some of the copies out there are being appreciated. so i respect that in a utilitarian sense. even though the album is horrid.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 21 April 2012 17:39 (1 year ago) Permalink


This is so awesome, if it dosen't make top 10 I'm Lord Kitchener's valet

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 21 April 2012 17:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm also a UK Jive partisan. hi fives, tarfumes and outdoor miner!

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Woo-hoo! I thought that was you, JFever!

Shorn of its arena-rock trappings, this is a really beautiful song:
http://youtu.be/xpbFPA19Axg
(although the version on UK Jive is still nice in a we're-taking-back-the-metal-we-invented kind of way)

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I saw them on the UK Jive tour and they were amazing.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is so awesome, if it dosen't make top 10 I'm Lord Kitchener's valet

― Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, April 21, 2012 12:44 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Hello Lord Kitchener's valet...

22. "Till The End of The Day"
The Kink Kontroversy, 1965
271 Points (14 Votes)

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 April 2012 21:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

!

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Saturday, 21 April 2012 21:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh wait I was confused

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Saturday, 21 April 2012 21:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol.

Let me be clear: THE REVEALS CONTINUE ON MONDAY.

I'll probably do a recap before then so people who haven't been able to keep up can catch up.

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Damn I hope Wonderboy places. That song is so beautiful.

glumdalclitch, Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm just dying to find out if Ducks On The Wall was #1 or #2.

dlp9001, Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

SPOILER: All-MCA top ten.

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

^ (fingers crossed for "Welcome To Sleazy Town")

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

rooting for "Moments" here as my dark horse of choice

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

1.

"Black Messiah"

Misfits, 1978

500 Points (35 Votes, 20 #1s)

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 21 April 2012 23:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

poll over, thanks for voting!

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 21 April 2012 23:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

You hacked the email, didn't you?

Oh well, onward to Depeche! (kicks can, grabs copy of Catching Up With...)

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 April 2012 23:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

oops, scrolled up the list but must have missed it, Dubious. 22 is too low.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

biggie smallclothes (brownie), Sunday, 22 April 2012 02:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

from this 2008 Montreal Gazette article:

Close call?: The Kinks played a poorly attended show at the Illinois State Armory in Springfield, Ill., on June 23, 1965. After the show, the Jaycees vice-president who organized the event drove them back to his place for a few drinks. Somehow, bassist Pete Quaife recently told Mojo magazine, the whole thing didn't feel right and the group left abruptly. Years later, they found out that their host had been John Wayne Gacy, who was convicted and executed in 1994 for raping and murdering 33 boys and young men.

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

When I saw Yo La Tengo do The Sounds of Science last night, the guy who was opening, Chris Cummings (local), did an excellent "Too Much on My Mind."

clemenza, Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ready for more....

Mark G, Monday, 23 April 2012 06:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Listening to Arthur - which alternates with Village Green as my favourite Kinks album - and found this on the Wikipedia page:

Reprise Records, The Kinks' US label, devised an elaborate, multi-levelled promotional campaign for Arthur in early 1969. The most famous branch of the programme involved a promo package entitled God Save The Kinks. The set featured various items, including a consumer's guide to the band's albums, a bag of "grass" from the "Daviesland village green", and an LP entitled Then, Now and Inbetween.[19] The set was accompanied by a positive letter from Hal Halverstadt of creative services at Warner/Reprise, part of which read, "... [We are led] to believe that The Kinks may not have had it at all ... The Kinks are to be supported, encouraged, cheered. And saved."[19] The campaign was officially launched on 3 July, at a meeting between Ray Davies and Reprise executives in Burbank, California.[26] Reprise considered seeding false stories in the press to create an "outlaw" image for the group as part of the campaign, including pieces about marijuana possession and income tax evasion.[27] Ray called the idea "mad", and the programme was dropped. Several pieces, however, were used in the press kit for Arthur's release, with titles like "English Pop Group Arrested on Rape Rap".[27]

Phony "rape rap" tops the list of promotional strategies you don't see any more.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Monday, 23 April 2012 08:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

Not looking at a summary yet. But is it just me or are there very few songs placing from Something Else?

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 23 April 2012 11:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Three so far: Death of a Clown, Love Me Til the Sun Shines and Two Sisters. Waterloo Sunset and David Watts are guaranteed too so it's likely to be the same amount as Face to Face in the end.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Monday, 23 April 2012 11:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

is there a Spotify playlist for this yet? just heard 'This Time Tomorrow' for the first time ever; brilliant that one.

by the way is Davies *in favour of* a 'Village Green Preservation Society' or is he taking the piss a bit? i'm sure the answer is well known/obvious amongst Kinks fans but i'm never sure.

piscesx, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

It was the "god save Donald Duck" line that gave me pause (being an american construction)

Mark G, Monday, 23 April 2012 13:14 (1 year ago) Permalink


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