Give the people what they want! The 12th Uncut Ultimate Music Guide tells the compelling story of The Kinks! An epic saga of warring brothers, wild concepts, worldwide hits and long sojourns in the wilderness. As usual, we've pored over old copies of NME and Melody Maker to locate revelatory interviews with Ray Davies and his fractious bandmates. Reprinted in full in this Ultimate Music Guide, most of them have been lost for decades. Uncut's current writers, meanwhile, have produced new reviews of every single album in the Kinks' catalogue, uncovering a few long-neglected gems in the process.
The Kinks have denied reports that they will reunite without band member Dave Davies.
In an interview with Mojo magazine, Ray Davies is quoted as saying that the band could reform without his brother Dave, with whom he has had a notoriously fractious relationship.
"Dave’s invited to the party, but if he doesn’t want to do it [the reunion] will happen anyway," the singer is quoted as saying. "He’s very welcome to turn up if he wants. I’d much rather work with him than without him."
As The Kinks prepare to release a deluxe edition of Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround Part One, packaged with soundtrack Percy, we take a trip back to Uncut’s November 2007 issue (Take 126), where Ray Davies talks Uncut through some of the best albums he’s made in his long career. “My songwriting has been my ally through life,” Davies muses, “because I ain’t got much else.” Words: Nick Hasted
The Making Of Robert Wyatt's "I'm A Believer" feature in this month's issue reminds me that when it was released in September, 1974, I made it Single Of the Week during a brief but lively stint as Melody Maker's singles reviewer.