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Music, Hidden Agenda Pining for Australia: A Local Outfit That Shakes Us Out of Our Composure

Pining for Australia: A Local Outfit That Shakes Us Out of Our Composure

The Kinks' 1969 track "Australia" describes the country as an idyllic wonderland of carefree jubliance and boundless opportunity, where "no one hesitates at life," and all citizens don a "perpetual smile." The faux-tourism pitch advocates sailing on over to where…
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The Top 6 Most Ridiculous Examples Of Lyrical Censorship

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R.I.P. Pete Quaife, Bassist and Co-Founder of The Kinks

Well, this fucking sucks.Pete Quaife, a founding member of the titanically influential British Invasion band The Kinks, died at age 66. This is the guy who played bass on "You Really Got Me," -- you know, one of the…
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Eight Christmas Songs Worth Saving From the Fire (by The White Stripes, The Fall, Kurtis Blow, & more)

Like clockwork, the waning of each year brings another slew of Christmas songs. Even Dylan has gotten in on the act. The vast majority of the seasonal crop is either nostalgic rehashings or sentimental cash-ins, but there are always a…
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The Kinks A Soap Opera Schoolboys in Disgrace Sleepwalker Misfits (Velvel) "I'm fucking sick of the whole thing. I'm sick up to here with it," announced the Kinks' Ray Davies from a London stage in 1973. Davies had recently attempted…
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