Song of the Day #4,776: ‘The Contenders’ – The Kinks

Speaking of bands that could use the deep dive treatment… The Kinks surely qualify. I know very little of their work, but I’m a big fan of pretty much everything I’ve heard.

With 24 albums over 30 years, an exhaustive deep dive would be quite an endeavor. But maybe a sampling of the five to ten albums considered their best is in order.

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Song of the Day #3,717: ‘Waterloo Sunset’ – Ethan Hawke

English author Nick Hornby’s writing has proved particularly film-worthy. Six of his books have been made into movies, including one (Fever Pitch) that was made into two different movies.

Juliet, Naked, based on Hornby’s 2009 novel, is the latest film adaptation and for my money the best yet. A romantic comedy dealing — like so many Hornby works — with popular music and obsessive fandom, this is another strong entry in what’s turning into the year of the rom-com.

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Song of the Day #2,824: ‘Lola’ – The Kinks

kinks_lola_powermanAnother 1970 album that I own but haven’t paid much attention is The Kinks’ Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. I’m familiar with only two songs on this record: today’s SOTD, ‘Lola,’ and ‘This Time Tomorrow,’ which was featured in the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited.

Based on those songs, and the fact that I love The Kinks’ overall sound, I suspect I’d enjoy the rest of the record, too.

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Song of the Day #1,330: ‘Animal Farm’ – The Kinks

I’ve always looked at music appreciation as something akin to a scholarly pursuit. I feel it is my duty as a music lover to seek out the cultural touchstones that have shaped popular music over the decades.

I might not like everything I encounter, but at least I’ll earn that opinion. That’s the reason I own several Joni Mitchell albums despite my distinct aversion to listening to any of them — I had to know what I was going to be missing.

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