Wednesday, May 26, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 17 : Waterloo Sunset

Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks (1967)

Ray Davies embraces his English heritage on this song, no longer worrying himself with American blues derivatives. Actors and lovers Terrance Stamp and Julie Christie are name-checked as they meet in the Waterloo Station, but even celebrity sightings cannot bring our narrator out of his house. There is no need for him to bother with such trivial details when he can gaze at the sunset from the comfort of his window. Isolation has never sounded so poetic, beautiful and anglophilic through and through. Ray Davies would become the king of the British Narrative in popular song, inspiring Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn and many others along the way. And it all began with a #2 hit in England that didn't even chart here.

Even Prog Rockers love this song!

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