Solo Ray Davies gets the kinks out
Forty-one years ago he wrote the five-note riff to You Really Got Me
, launching the glorious career of The Kinks and, some say, contemporary hard rock and even heavy metal. Now Ray Davies is finally getting around to making a solo album.
Other People's Lives
, out Feb. 7 on the V2 label, follows nearly 30 Kinks albums, not to mention a 1985 Davies soundtrack to the film Return to Waterloo
and a live solo Storytellers
package of Kinks classics. Some of the new album's 13 original songs reflect a stay in the USA, principally in New Orleans, where he was recovering from a gunshot he received last year when he chased two muggers who had stolen his girlfriend's purse.
Preceding the album, Davies will release an EP Nov. 22 called Thanksgiving Day
, and will perform the title track (also on the album) on Late Night with Conan O'Brien
on clever tie-in ahead Thanksgiving (Nov. 24).
- Ken Barnes