Monday, April 16, 2007

Come Dancing (1983)

"Come Dancing," The Kinks (1983)

A 7" single featuring one of my favourite nostalgic tracks of the early 80s. A history of The Kinks isn't particularly necessary, since you all probably know it anyhow. But man, this song is great. I got it off a beat-up 45, and I had to copy it multiple times and reconstruct it from various takes. This version, I think, was like 7th or 8th recording I did.

Ditto for the b-side.

So now, do yourself a favour and enjoy these tracks once more. Afterwards, consider purchasing the Kinks compilation Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986. That way, you'll see what else these cats were cooking up after their well-earned return to the limelight.

And now, the music. Remember, this is a 7" single after all...

1. Come Dancing
2. Noise

Download (7.70 MB)

In unrelated news, I'd like to recommend some interesting albums that others bloggers have put up. I've felt rather proggy as of late, so it should come as no surprise that I'm about to suggest some progressive rock. If that's not your cup of tea, just listen to The Kinks or scroll down.

Linus - "Linus" {Korea} [1980] (hard prog): You can find this one at Prog Not Frog. Its an interesting bit of prog (a bit belated in terms of the chronology, though!) that, although it gets a bit schmaltzy at the end, is still well worth exploring. In Korean, too!

Máquina! - "Why? Máquina!" {Spain} [1970] (Psycho Prog): Also from our friends at Prog Not Frog, this bit of prog come straight out of Spain. Unlike Linus, who opt to sing in their own language, this band has chosen to sing in English. Now, for those in the know, there's a good reason to cringe: Non-native speakers can sometimes have the worst accents when singing. This, sadly, is no exception. But d'you know what? It's still a good dose of prog! The title track, about 20 minutes long, is bizarrely broken up into two sections (they could've just devoted one half of the vinyl to the whole thing...). The rest of the songs are good, but like Linus, it kind of tapers off at the end. The bonus tracks are somewhat enjoyable, but the live one can sometime constitute what we call "wankery." And yet, somehow, I still totally endorse this album. So get it today!

Franco Battiato- "L'arca di Noé" {Italia} [1982] (Progressivo italiano meio pop): This one comes from our friends at Acorde Final, in Fortaleza, Brasil. The first time I heard it, I was blown away. Not just because it was good, but because it was the oddest mix I'd ever heard. Imagine the most pretentious and operatic bit of symphonic rock, and try to mesh that with early 80s dance. Exactly. And yet, that's what this is. It's a weird listen, to be sure, but in the end, it's the kind of oddity that you'll want to keep passing on to others.

And that's all I've got say for now. Adios.


Anonymous said...

I still have this 45. And I remember exchanging three copies at The Record Hole until I finally got one without a skip in it. Love, love this song - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your great work!

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