The Dog Still Has His Bark
By: Douglas Wayne Bentley
A Tribute to Ray and Dave Davies
Founding Members of the Kinks
Originally posted on Sunday, October 8, 2006
Reposted Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I was surfing late night
I could not believe who I came across
There was Ray Davies performing on PBS
Saturday night, October 7, 2006
On Austin City Limits
I was amazed
First of all that he was on TV
Second of all that he was promoting his first solo CD
(I wanted to say album)
Yes, after 42 years of recording
There he was. . . . .
Many bands have come and gone
Played many a song
Few got along
(Who didn’t want to sing)
That guitar riff
Drummers and basses come and go
Many different faces
Even wilder stories of how these brothers got along
There he was. . . . . . . .
I remember their first hit
I remember their last
Forty two years had past
My how time goes by
He played ‘20th Century Man’
I sensed he was still afraid to die
I wondered if his brother was about to. . . . .cry
I realized, most in the audience weren’t even born yet
When they came on the London music scene
They wanted to be different.
And I can truly say
To take me back in time
Oh, those were the Kinks!
And there he was. . . . . . .
With new songs
(Go out and buy ‘Other People’s Lives’ )
(I would also recommend ‘The Storyteller’)
Yes, he played some old ones too
Gave away a secret or two
He had to have given hope in every unknown band out there
When he told the first recording company rejected their first hit.
Said they sounded like a barking dog
Said that’s exactly what they were attempting to do
Then that’s what he did
He barked out ”All Day and All the Night”
To my delight.