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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso


"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" -shoot the piano player


"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" -laurie anderson


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity boom. -john cale


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


"i could even find it in my heart to love mike love." -belle & sebastian


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i'm good and i'm bad and i'm happy and i'm sad and i'm lazy" -willie nelson


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"i mean every letter in the words in the sentences of my quotes." -lil' wayne


"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen


"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk


ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch


"really, we don't want people twiddling their goatees over our stuff." -radiohead


thelonious monk's middle name: sphere


#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun


"the only word is love." -john lennon


"i love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. and mother. and god." -johnny cash


"the moon is clear, the sky is bright, i'm happy as the horse's shite." -the pogues


"i hope that you all out there, young, old, tall, short, fat or thin, quick or slow, no matter what kind or color or shape or person you are, if you like to make music, why, go ahead.” -pete seeger


"chuck berry isn't merely the greatest of the rock and rollers, or rather, there's nothing mere about it. say rather that unless we can somehow recycle the concept of the great artist so that it supports chuck berry as well as it does marcel proust, we might as well trash it." -robert christgau


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#1015: elliott smith & jon brion - waterloo sunset (cover #2) (2000)

death to false metal.

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#948: the kinks - alcohol (1972, beat club)

a very special sunday p.s.a from the super groovy spectacular and the davies family: after many renowned brooklyn cantors with names like moshe koussevitzky, but before radiohead’s life in a glass house, the kinks brought along a clarinet and a little brass section to get across their message—a very important message about sin, gin, demons, floozies, indecision, lags, suckers, gutters and trouble. clarinets make everything realer, just like ray davies’ gap teeth.

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#913: the kinks - mr. pleasant (beat club, 1967)

this march! the sky! the open windows! the yellow dresses! carmelo and jeremy are getting along? st. patrick’s day wasn’t even that distasteful? you’d have a joray apricot fruit roll you’d like to share? with me? and could it really be possible that on 53rd and 3rd around 6pm it smelled like the side of the swimming pool at a westchester day camp? delicious. new york went from the drafty guest bedroom in my late grandmother’s house to a late-60s kinks appearance on german television with top hats and oversized sideburns and brave ties and funny lyrics and even a trombone. no one knows how. everything will get sticky and smarmy and sorry again soon in new york city, but it doesn’t matter.

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i was just browsing the used books section of the world wide web, as is my wont, when i came across this 94-year-old book of 250 helpful hints for hunters, anglers and outers called kinks. ray and dave davies can stop feuding now because i have stumbled upon the cover for their definitive brotherly boxed set. they’ll have to pay a mere $75 to a bibliophile by the name of ned sanders, just two precious letters away from ned flanders.
see the semi-definitive collection of kinks videos here.

i was just browsing the used books section of the world wide web, as is my wont, when i came across this 94-year-old book of 250 helpful hints for hunters, anglers and outers called kinks. ray and dave davies can stop feuding now because i have stumbled upon the cover for their definitive brotherly boxed set. they’ll have to pay a mere $75 to a bibliophile by the name of ned sanders, just two precious letters away from ned flanders.

see the semi-definitive collection of kinks videos here.

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#840: the kinks - the last of the steam powered trains/picture book (1969, julie felix show)

whether or not two songs are technically enough to qualify, this is the single best post-victorian bucolic british invasion medley ever aired by the british broadcasting corporation. if i were a fighting man i’d duel over the honor of the picture book bass line.

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#692: wye oak (with shearwater’s jonathan meiburg) - strangers (2010, onion av club undercover)

i’ve been listening to such an incredibly excessive amount of kinks lately that it’s sort of difficult to accurately describe. for example, besides the actual kinks albums that are worth listening to everyday, because the kinks are the third best british band (right behind no. 1 and no. 2), i recently bought a $1 copy of the two-record 1974 compilation golden hour of the kinks, which, when i got home to play it, turned out to have a third record hidden inside that was golden hour of the kinks, vol. 2—but even all that isn’t enough, and i’ve had to move on to kinks covers, like elliott smith’s waterloo sunset. and thank god there’s also wye oak, the best young girl-boy band from baltimore not named beach house, doing strangers, the lola-era ballad that i happen to know michael h. miller of the new york observer considers to be the kinks’ finest moment. they’d make michael h. and the kinks proud.

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the japanese album cover for the kinks’ best american song about a british beverage.

the japanese album cover for the kinks’ best american song about a british beverage.

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#680: the kinks - have a cuppa of tea (1973)

everything you’ve always wanted to know about elizabethan mason-dixie boogie woogie.

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#679: the kinks - milk cow blues (1966)

clearly mid-60s to early-70s ray davies makes for an all-time top-ten halloween costume, even though the white belts and wide collars can be hard to really nail.

if you’ve got the right rosette you can do the autumn almanac ray davies, and if you don’t you can always just get a brown suit for his almanac album cover look.

you need a bowtie with a red diner jacket for the muswell hillbillies ray davies, but a bowtie with the right polkadot for the beloved holiday ray davies. if that’s your route you get a bonus point or three if you hire a horn section to follow you around.

likewise you’ll definitely want a short-haired model named ina around if it’s the terylene advertisement ray davies you want, but on the flip side you’ll have to grow a mini marge simpson hairdo for that beautiful waterloo sunset style.

more leisurely fans may want to try his milk cow blues look, for which, as you’ll see above, you only need to clap a lot in a black turtleneck while stealing a song from sleepy john estes.

and if you’re really wild you can dress up as a dying clown—see dave davies’ video or dave davies’ album cover. but that might be kinks costume overkill.

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#562: the turtles - elenore (howie, mark, johny, jim & al) (1968)

there are lots of late-1960s pop songs about late-1960s pop songs, but elenore, is the best one. the three most important things about it are a chorus that mocks choruses (“you’re my pride and joy, etcetera”), a chorus that is very quietly very dirty (“and you really do me well”), and a chorus that made the turtles’ glorious mark volman do some very serious jumping around with his tambourine toward the end of this clip.

update: a previous version of this post said that elenore is from the only non-kinks album that ray davies ever produced. this is incorrect. elenore is on the turtles present the battle of the bands, and not the davies-produced turtle soup. the super groovy music video spectacular regrets the error.

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#555: the lilys - nanny in manhattan (1998)

the former observer photo editor kat irannejad, whom dedicated followers of this website will remember as one of the world’s finest and most generous mix-makers, began her most recent tape for me with a band i can’t believe i’d never heard of, the lilys. they sound like a kinky (kinks-like) beach party invaded by zombies (the odessey and oracle band, not the undead monster).

the lilys’ leader is a gentleman named kurt heasley, who must be a fun guy to work with because the list of former lilys members reads like a phonebook: there’s an archie, an art, a bryant, two dons, a gerhardt, people nicknamed bear, fuzzy, pel, and pablo, two michaels, four mikes, a mickey, two stevens, a thom, a tommy, a torben, and a trish. fun times!

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the lilys - tennis system (and its stars)

dave davies was taking high tea with his friend brian wilson when a hidden hydrogen bomb went off in the biscuits and they floated up to heaven, and while they floated the clouds sang melodious lines like, “dixey hangs with a tricky lot of cowards,” and “your weak spine can’t handle all my ways of soft destruction.” and just then, voila, dave and brian realized they were in a lilys song about tennis and constellations. this very song! do you know the lilys? i hadn’t until recently, and i’m glad i do. and once again i give thanks to kat.

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Chrissie Hynde I'll Stand By You
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#512: chrissie hynde (with nick cave) - i’ll stand by you (bbc, 1999)

it’s wrong that the 80s gets all the power ballad attention. with no disrespect to every rose has its thorn, it was in the 90s that stephanie seymour walked down axl rose’s aisle for ten and a half minutes while aerosmith outdid all the gems on get a grip with an interstellar slow jam. and then there’s the pretenders’ monumentally under-appreciated i’ll stand by you: this performance includes the velvet underground’s john cale looking on and nick cave slightly messing up key changes, plus there’s a joke about oasis. and god bless chrissie hynde, who came close to starting a band with the clash’s mick jones and marrying the kinks’ ray davies, but could beat both in arm wrestling.

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the only thing better than ray davies’ late-60s songs were his mid-60s trousers.

the only thing better than ray davies’ late-60s songs were his mid-60s trousers.

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“oh, my autumn almanac, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.”

oh, my autumn almanac, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.”

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