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Sep
07

The Kinks “Misfits”

The Kinks’ previous album, “Sleepwalker,” was from 1977, and this one is from 1978– and when I look back at records from around this time, I really feel like I can see everything starting to make a steep dip downhill, starting in ’77, then continuing on into the 1980s (and still continuing, unfortunately). I really think it has a lot to do with the last of the anarchic optimism left over from the Sixties finally evaporating, and the corporations finally taking absolute control and solidifying the regimented police state we live in now.

Over half this record is not very good, or pathetic (“Get Up”), or just plain dumb, but there STILL are some pretty great songs, and okay songs that are at least pretty fun. “Rock’n’roll Fantasy” is my favorite– it’s almost worth keeping the record for. I guess I can at least listen to the whole thing, on a tolerant day, and think about how it’s one of many records that marks this significant change in history for me.

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