The little girl in this photograph, our daughter Eliza, turns sixteen today (coincidentally also the day she takes her last GCSE exam). The toddler in The Clash t-shirt seems a long time ago now. In recent time honoured fashion she has booked a day ticket for the Leeds festival, a rite of passage for today’s teenagers. Happy birthday Eliza- enjoy the physics exam and your last day at school.

For many years Eliza and her friend have gone to dance classes, joined the team and performed locally and at shows. I’ve often gone to pick them up in the car from the classes. On one occasion when they were both much younger I had Misty Waters by The Kinks playing on the car CD player. They latched onto it and started singing along. It then became a thing, playing Misty Waters and all of us belting it out on the drive back from dance. We were still doing it a few weeks ago.

Recorded by The Kinks in 1968 Misty Waters was an outtake- an outtake!- that failed to make it onto either Four Well Respected Gentlemen or The Village Green Preservation Society and only turned up much later on The Great Lost Kinks Album.

Misty Waters 

Amps cranked up and at double the speed, Billy Childish and The Buff Medways covered the song for their 2000 album Steady The Buffs, about the time I started to get into Wild Billy Childish and his enormous back catalogue.

Misty Water

Tastes Just Like Cherry Cola

Look out of your window- does it look like June? What should we do? How about spending three days under canvas in a field somewhere in North Yorkshire? Oh go on then.

The Raincoats played a kind of folky post punk, formed in 1977 in response to punk’s opening blast. They were also, as everyone always says about them, Kurt Cobain’s favourites, and various punk players passed through their ranks- Palmolive, Ricard Dundanksi, Kate Korus- along with the central duo of Ana da Silva and Gina Birch. This is their surprisingly straight cover version of The Kinks’ Lola.


The picture shows Man Ray’s 1924 portrait of Peggy Guggenheim, kitted out for dress down Friday.

I’ll be back in a couple of days, probably with a drenched tent, some very soggy family members and a bootful of mud.

Camping’s off, number 2 child is ill.

There’s Too Much On My Mind

My head is currently fit to burst- workload and deadlines mainly. I drive home with thousands of things bouncing around my head. Chuck in all the non-work stuff and I don’t know if my little mind can cope with it all. This song came on driving home yesterday, and though I’ve posted it before over two years ago, it seemed very apt. Ray Davies nails it with this absolute cracker. Plus it gives me an excuse to post the splendid advert for Terylene.

Too Much On My Mind

>Terry Meets Julie And Tjinder


Waterloo Sunset is one of those songs that probably shouldn’t be covered, it being some kind of high water mark for mid 60s songwriting. I’m not sure the original Kinks version can be improved on, and there’s maybe not much you can do with it other than do it straight (a jazz-metal deconstruction anyone? Sixteen minute techno epic?). I suppose bands do it to pay homage or just because it’s fun to play.

Cornershop’s version, a bonus track from 2009’s Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast, works pretty well though- recognisably Cornershop with Tjinder Singh’s vocals and some sitar near the start without destroying the original’s charm. Funny band Cornershop. Their breakthrough album When I Was Born For The Second Time was full of great little songs, a mish-mash of styles, and a real wonky charm. It also had that Norman Cook remix of Brimful Of Asha. I love the original, not am too fond of the remix. They seem to have spent the last fourteen years running away from it and success. I bought 2002’s Handcream For A Generation but can’t really remember much about it other than it had the dreaded Noel Gallagher collaboration and was glam rock in parts. Still, they don’t repeat themselves, clearly have wide-ranging record collections and influences, and bring an Asian identity to parts of the music scene not known for cross cultural pollination, so good on ’em.

I Don’t Want To Live My Life Like Everybody Else

A couple of Sundays ago BBC4 showed Ray Davies’ set from this year’s Glastonbury, where in a masterstroke of scheduling he was up against England playing in the World Cup. Luckily he’s armed with some of the best songs written by one man, and knowing how poor England were the crowd that opted for Ray made the right decision. It was a greatest hits set with a huge choir joining him for several songs, and despite the band being a bit ploddy in parts Ray was on fire, the frontman England didn’t have. I can live without the whole notion of ‘classic rock’, the greatest songwriters ever lists, the constant mythologisation of the 1960s, and all that nostalgia driven rock industry, but the set was a joy to watch.

He didn’t play this song (it wasn’t on the programme if he did) but it’s one of The Kinks’ best and firmly in the tradition of great bands chucking out great b-sides. It’s also a brilliant outsider song, and maybe like See My Friends and the much more well known Lola an outsider song in terms of sexuality as well.

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Holly Golightly ‘Time Will Tell’

Holly Golightly has been making records since 1994, firstly as a member of Thee Headcoatees (a Billy Childish spin-off, who put out indie-garage classic Have Love, Will Travel), and then as a solo artist. She looks like the beatnik girlfriend I never had in the 80s. Inspired by the 60s scene, rhythm and blues and rockabilly she has released scores of albums, singles and e.p.s. This is a Kinks cover, from her well worth getting 2003 album Truly She Is None Other.

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The Kinks ‘Too Much on My Mind’

A second great lost Kinks track, off their Face To Face album. This is a beauty.

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