I’ve made up my mind on the next Sunday series, but it’s one that will take a fair bit of time and effort that I can’t afford just now and so I’m putting it off till after the conclusion of the ICA World Cup.  In the meantime, Sundays will be used to host some old posts rescued from what remains of the vaults of the original Vinyl Villain blog before the bastards at Google pulled it down without warning.

This dates from 1 October 2009.


In my late teens I was never really one for looking back at bands or singers of days of yore. As far as I was concerned, the music of today (whether that be 1979, 80, 81 or whenever) was all that ever mattered. There’s no way you would ever catch me listening to stuff that my mum and dad liked.

As I matured somewhat in my later years, I realised that it would be a nonsense to maintain such a hardline approach, and now there are some acts from the 60s and early 70s that I have a soft spot for. But not The Beatles. Or Elvis Presley.

This single from late 1982 had a lot to do with it. Sure, I knew that The Kinks were a band name checked by so many of my own rock/pop gods, not least Paul Weller, and while I knew quite a few of their old singles from hearing them played on the radio, I hadn’t ever bought anything by the band.

My purchase of Come Dancing wasn’t taken lightly. It was a single that I had initially dismissed on the first couple of hearings, but then its catchiness just embedded itself in my brain and I found myself singing it out loud, even when it wasn’t being played on the radio. But could I bring myself to own something from a band that had enjoyed their first hit when I was crawling around wearing little more than a nappy? Of course I could…..

mp3 : The Kinks – Come Dancing
mp3 : The Kinks – Noise

This was the band’s nineteenth single to hit the UK Top 20, but their first in over a decade.

Back in 1982 I was genuinely amazed that a band formed in 1964 was having hits so many years later and I reckoned there was no way any of today’s stars will go on that long. I mean it was still another 18 years to the new century and that was a lifetime away….bands like New Order, The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen just wouldn’t have that staying power.

I got that one a bit wrong didn’t I?


3 thoughts on “A RE-POST TO BUY MORE TIME (2)

  1. I suspect I may have left a comment on this back in 2009 as it’s long been a favourite. Any chance you can copy & paste that comment for me too?

  2. This one charted even higher in America [#6] and as I recall, it had been about a decade in the wilderness chartwise for The Kinks in America. It was their first top ten here since 1970 and “Lola.” With the wisdom of age I have varying views on the “British Invasion” bands. I don’t like The Beatles, even though I grew up hearing their music everywhere. I hated the Rolling Stones until I was in college. This may have a lot to do with the music I heard growing up, their fallow mid-70s period which I still can’t stand. The Who peaked with “Who Sell Out.” I never liked “Tommy” and blame it for a lot of bad ideas that took hold in “rock music.” In the last decade I have come to the conclusion that Ray Davies was by far the best writer in the lot of them. Even though I have almost n music by The Kinks [yet].

    Good on you for still disliking The Beatles [and Elvis, while you’re at it.] I find them popular yet dull and mediocre. Particularly The Beatles. Nothing awful, yet nothing exciting, either. I recognize that they were the band that built “rock music,” as opposed to ‘rock n’roll’ music – a very different thing in my opinion. They, more than any, were the band that consolidated “rock” into an unstoppable cultural juggernaut that came to become a monster by the end of the 60s. Rather than an exciting underground youth phenomenon. The were the cement in the foundations of the rock hegemony that ultimately, punk rebelled against. The Beatles were The Man, basically. The only one of them I could stand to be trapped in an elevator with would be Ringo Starr.

    Elvis, on the other hand, was a joke following his first year active. Prior to that? Definitely exciting. He only rose to the occasion twice again in 1968 with both “Suspicious Minds” and “In The Ghetto.” Then he went back to being dead from the neck up.

  3. Sad to say Rol that while I can salvage some of the old posts, all of the comments have completely gone….which is why I was so furious at the time the blog was taken down as so many great contributions via guest posts and comments were removed without me having any chance to rescue them.

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