The Kinks – You really got me (Leaping Ahead #249)

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[A 1960’s song (9)]

Released on 4 August 1964 as the group’s third single, it reached the number one on the UK singles chart the next month, remaining for two weeks. The song became the group’s breakthrough hit, establishing them as one of the top British Invasion acts in the United States, reaching number seven there later in the year. “You Really Got Me” was later included on the bands’ self-titled debut album.

The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon (Leaping Ahead #119)

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[A song from 1966)

Sunny Afternoon” was first written in Ray Davies’ house when he was sick.

I’d bought a white upright piano. I hadn’t written for a time. I’d been ill. I was living in a very 1960s-decorated house. It had orange walls and green furniture. My one-year-old daughter was crawling on the floor and I wrote the opening riff. I remember it vividly. I was wearing a polo-neck sweater.

The only way I could interpret how I felt was through a dusty, fallen aristocrat who had come from old money as opposed to the wealth I had created for myself.

In an attempt to prevent the listener from sympathizing with the song’s protagonist, Davies said,

I turned him into a scoundrel who fought with his girlfriend after a night of drunkenness and cruelty

Rolling Stones – (I can’t get no) Satisfaction (Leaping Ahead #108)

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[A song from 1965]

Keith Richards recorded the rough version of the riff for ‘Satisfaction’ in a hotel room. He ran through it once before falling asleep and said later that when he listened back to it in the morning, there was about two minutes of acoustic guitar before you could hear him drop the pick and

…then me snoring for the next forty minutes

Released in June 1965, the song is considered the greatest song the band ever recorded. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed it in the second spot on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and in 2006 it was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

David Bowie

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Some fans argue that the worst song David Bowie ever recorded was ‘The Laughing Gnome’ in 1967. They obviously haven’t listened much to the B side – ‘The gospel according to Tony Day’ which, to my mind, is infinitely worse.

I can’t find a clip of the first record Mr Bowie ever released – Liza Jane/Louie Louie Go Home in 1964 under the name of Davie Jones & the King Bees, so here’s the flip side of ‘The Laughing Gnome’…

And now the 90s #5 – 1994

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Phil Daniels, famously guesting on the title track of Blur’s 1994 album ‘Parklike’, as well as being famous for his portrayal of Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, also has his own band for a brief time in 1979/80 – Phil Daniels & the Cross. The band released one single – ‘Kill another night’ with ‘Stopwatch’ on the B side. Mr Daniels was on vox and guitars.

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The Rolling Stones – top rock albums

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 60 of these in my collection, this is day 45 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1

Day 45: Number 21/100: The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (from Let it bleed – 1969)