THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 2 - 7. RAY DAVIES (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 25th November 2017
Another chance to hear Matt Everitt's acclaimed series, in which he gets under the skin of some of music's most significant figures.
Ray Davies is arguably one of the greatest songwriters that England has ever produced. His catalogue of songs helped define whole eras of British cultural life, and the legendary songs he recorded with The Kinks reflected, celebrated and critiqued the concept of Englishness in a way that no pop band had ever done before.
Ray discusses a childhood dominated by a love of Mississippi blues, the difficult relationship with his brother - Kinks guitarist Dave, and the infighting which caused the band to be banned from the US. This led to Ray focusing on the idea of Britishness and inspired some of his finest work.
Ray also discusses the writing of proto-rock anthem You Really Got Me, the controversial (at the time) cross dressing epic Lola and, quite possibly, one of the greatest pop songs ever written - Waterloo Sunset.
First broadcast in April 2011.
The Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night [Polygram]
The Kinks - Till The End Of The Day [Polygram TV]
Count Basie & His Orchestra - One O'Clock Jump [Verve]
Big Bill Broonzy - Hey Hey [Mojo]
Johnny And The Hurricanes - Red River Rock [Castle]
Ray Charles - What'd I Say [Atco]
Howlin’ Wolf - Smokestack Lightning [MCA]
Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn [Bear Family]
The Kinks - You Really Got Me [Castle]
The Hollywood Argyles - Alley Oop [Ace]
The Kinks - See My Friends [Polygram TV]
The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset [Select]
The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society [Castle]
The Kinks - Lola [Castle Communications]
Ray Davies - Quiet Life [Virgin]
Mumford & Sons & Ray Davies - Days/This Time Tomorrow [UMTV]
Metallica & Ray Davies - You Really Got Me [UMTV]
Ray Davies & Paloma Faith - Lola [Universal]