Night owl chat – Ladies and gentlemen, The Kinks

The Kinks are the cool kids band that most no one listened to. Ray Davies is a pop music genius, and his fights with his brother Dave make those of the Gallaghers seem like schoolboy dustups. So, at the end of another trying day, some of Ray Davies’ genius.



You Really Got Me

All Day and All of the Night

Waterloo Sunset




Celluloid Heroes


Music and art make us human. Hold on to that as others want to make us less. Chat on, night owls.

104 Responses to “Night owl chat – Ladies and gentlemen, The Kinks”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    March 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm


  2. March 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I loooooooooooooove Lola!!! Thank you LL!

  3. 12 dannystix
    March 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm


  4. March 18, 2014 at 10:52 pm

  5. 21 HZ
    March 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    LL, please give hugs to Mrs. LL for the celebration of her wonderful one yr. anniversary. Also thanks LL for your brilliant sharing with some very interesting topics that brings so much information here to our beautiful TOD family. You are a brilliant writer. I love reading your work. It flows so smoothly and so inspiring. Thank you for all of the upcoming features for the TOD family.

    A loving shout out to our GoBrooklyn. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving comfort, Gobrooklyn}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I hope you can enjoy a little dish of one of your favorites, like some delicious ice cream. I hope so. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Gobrookly.

    Also a loving shout out to CarolMae. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Keep strong and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Will my TOD family also please, please send out a prayer or positive thought for me tomorrow. I go for my second and hopefully last dental procedure with this situation. I know that I will be in great hands, but I am trying to make sure that I am also a responsible and calm patient for this wonderful gifted dentist. Thank you all for thinking of me. I love you all in my TOD family. HZ

    • March 18, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Dentists are like lawyers: you hate them, until you need a good one. Good luck tomorrow, HZ.

    • March 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{Hugs HZ}}}}}}}}}} Will think of you tonight and tomorrow. Good to hear it’s your last. ♥

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      March 18, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      You’ll be in my prayers and positive thoughts, HZ! Come back and tell us you “aced” it!

      • 25 carolyn
        March 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm

        H, you will come through splendidly. You did last time, better than you had feared, and now that’s under your belt, you can rely on that experience and knowledge. I’ll be thinking of you. So glad you have a good dentist. And…..your overall health will be improved with the dental work finished……I know mine was. You’re not alone tomorrow.

    • 26 MightyPamela
      March 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Yes, dear HZ, will send out loving thoughts from the Pain Relief doctors clinic, where I will be tomorrow. Still hoping they will find some effective, non-chemical/toxic way tp help with chronic pain! {{{HZ}}}

    • March 19, 2014 at 12:13 am

      Our dear HZ, prayers to you tomorrow and may God be with you. I know that you will be in good hands so try not to worry to much.

    • 28 57andfemale
      March 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Sending positive, healing energy your way

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      March 19, 2014 at 7:44 am

      HZ, I will hold you in my heart tomorrow and hope your session goes well and healing comes quickly. Bless you.

  6. 30 Bill R.
    March 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    The Kinks are of my era. They were emulated greatly by HS dance bands and garage bands. Lots of hits that teens could sing along to.

  7. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    March 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I’m not sure I agree with the part “that most no one listened to,” LL. Unless I just wasn’t a cool kid! LOVE some of these songs!

    After all the fighting back today – which was only necessary because we are never allowed to just fully enjoy our fine President for one day, without the naysayers* cropping up – this musical interlude is most appreciated, sir.

    *Of course, the more people who try to bring him down, the more obvious it becomes how high he rises. Think I’ll go tweet that, for a lark.

    • March 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      I liked and listed to them too JO. I think it must have depended on where you grew up and what the radio stations played. I had the smallest transistor and left it on while I was alone in my room studying. Went to sleep with it on too. Occasionally got this famous station in OK. that I can’t remember the name of right now. 😉

      • 35 jacquelineoboomer
        March 18, 2014 at 11:42 pm

        I grew up in NJ, so we never missed an American Bandstand from Philly, and the whole Philadelphia-New York genre of music. Lots of concerts and shows. Loved it all! (I even grew to love country music, even though when my mother played it on the radio when I was a young teen, I thought she was the weirdest person I ever knew.)

  8. March 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      March 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      It’s been a joke almost since day one – especially for CNN. WHAT do they think they’re doing with such dumbass overblown nonsensical uninteresting unhelpful and did I mention dumbass (somebody stop me) coverage? Are just the talking heads left in the “newsroom” with their model planes and maybe everybody else is off at a company retreat, drinking their lunch?

    • March 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Tonight’s the first night I’ve actually listened to any news. Was hoping for Lawrence and got Ari. They’re looking into the pilots! Does anyone know? You don’t have to answer that.

      • March 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm

        Carol, like everyone, I’m an aviation expert, so – my theory:

        The plane crashed.

        They just haven’t been able to find it.

        That’s it.

        • 43 99ts
          March 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm

          Jim at stonekettle is with you on that

          “The search area now covers more than two hundred thousand square miles. That’s 200,000 square miles, and more.

          That’s like driving the distance from earth to the moon, looking out the windows hoping you don’t miss scattered bits of debris that may be no larger than a pack of cigarettes.”


          “It’s unusual for a plane to vanish nowadays, yes, especially for a large modern aircraft, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the plot of a Stephen King novel, or Ian Fleming for that matter. Ships, planes, people have vanished before. It happens. It used to happen a lot. They fall into the sea or into the remote jungle or the empty desert and are lost for months, sometimes years and even decades.”

          • March 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm

            Jim is so good at writing about things like that. He lets loose on FB too on his loco trolls. He doesn’t suffer fools.

            • 45 99ts
              March 18, 2014 at 11:54 pm

              “He doesn’t suffer fools.” an understatement CarolMae

              I have much time for people who make the effort to moderate their blogs. best two I know are TOD and Stonekettle.

              Some folks seem to think allowing abuse and lying statements make a blog “non partisan” but it just turns the internet into bullying and hate.

          • 47 nathkatun7
            March 19, 2014 at 12:52 am

            Jim is brilliant as always! Thank you so much, 99ts, for sharing this.

  9. March 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    It’s funny to see them sing Lola, so serious. . .
    😆 I was older than eight LL. Funny story. . .

  10. March 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Nite nite everyone….

    I pray that PBO and his allies finds a way to avoid War!…

    leaving with this tune…Hermina….hope you enjoy it!

  11. March 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    “Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of signup, but advocates are not resting until the March 31st deadline passes.
    Today, a signup rally in Love Park (JFK Plaza) featured elected officials and the newly insured, who testified to the “affordable” part of the Affordable Care Act.”



  12. 61 amk for obama
    March 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

  13. March 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    So, I’m listening to The Beatles’ first album right now. It’s amazing just how many of the words I remember.

    • March 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      LL? If I told you I don’t like the Beatles, would you

      (a) Be irked

      (b) Be dumbfounded


      (c) Never speak to me again.

      • March 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

        Oh I remember you don’t like the Beatles. I’ve come to terms with that failing.

        • March 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

          I do like ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, though. It’s just the other 97,000 tunes I don’t like.

          • 66 99ts
            March 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

            Well I didn’t know that – and I’m dumbfounded! The music of my teens – you HAVE to like it. A cupboard full of LPs – and no longer a machine on which to play them – sigh.

      • 68 jacquelineoboomer
        March 19, 2014 at 1:12 am

        Chips – I like many songs, but I missed the whole Beatles craze when they first arrived on the scene. I was not a crazed fan. Picture my sadness when my son – in the early ’80s, when he was about 11-ish – started to LOVE the Beatles, collect all their songs, and convinced me to take him and two other young boys to an all-day Beatles “convention” (minus the Beatles) (loads of screaming kids everywhere), from noon to midnight, my day off. Same boys who were not talking to me when I made them all leave at 11:30 p.m., so I’d miss the traffic on our way out. When I told the other boys’ parents about my ordeal, the ordeal of a loving mother who wanted her kid to be happy, which I re-thought after that day, their dad said, “Why do you think WE didn’t take them?!!”

        So, yeah, kinda know how you feel.

  14. 69 amk for obama
    March 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Italy’s highest appeals court has upheld a two-year ban from public office imposed on former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after he was found guilty of tax fraud.

    The ban means Berlusconi will be unable to stand in elections for the European Parliament in May.

    After last year’s verdict, he was also stripped of his senate seat and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

    The jail term is likely to be commuted to one year’s community service.


    only two years for this corruptest asshole? /smh

  15. 71 hopefruit2
    March 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

  16. 72 amk for obama
    March 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm

  17. March 18, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I’m getting real tired of Bibi & his messianic henchmen….. to hell with them. Go attack Iran on your own, will gladly sit back and watch your effectiveness.

    • March 18, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    • March 18, 2014 at 11:44 pm

  18. 76 4morefor44
    March 18, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    for all the introverts out there, a nice cover of probably my favorite ray davies-penned song…

    there’s not much “in between” for me with ray’s songs…some not so good, but when he’s on, he’s one of the best ever.

  19. March 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    President Obama, is about to be on SportCenter in the next 5 minutes or so……… will be on all day tomorrow revealing his complete brackets.

  20. March 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Chips, everyone – PLEASE READ EVERY WORD …. “From Russia with Lies”

    Georgiy Mirskiy, historian, Honored Scientist of Russia: “The history of mankind has not seen a more deceitful system than the Russian.”

    One clip:

    “For exactly 65 years I had been living in the kingdom of lies. I had to lie myself too, naturally. I was lucky though – being an Orientalist, I could wherever possible avoid the subject-matters, requiring disclosures of the West. Now, when students ask me, “Was the Soviet system really the most ruthless and bloody one?,” I reply, ” No, there were Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, and Hitler. However, the history of mankind has not seen a more untruthful one than ours.””


    • 83 nathkatun7
      March 19, 2014 at 1:14 am

      Wow, Bob! Absolutely this is a must read piece. I hope it’s circulated widely. I just can’t thank you enough for all you’ve been doing to keep us informed about the crisis in Ukraine!

    • March 19, 2014 at 1:43 am

      I’ve been reading their blogs for awhile now. It’s good to get a different perspective. Didn’t Stalin kill about as many Russians as Hitler killed of the unclean?

      • March 19, 2014 at 2:00 am

        As I was departing TOD just saw your question, Carol.

        Stalin likely far far exceeded Hitler. His ethnic cleansing in Ukraine, alone, was epic, and the US has a quite tarnished record in the matter:

        “There was no room for Ukraine in Woodrow Wilson’s “Fourteen Points.’’ (Point Six, dealing with “Russia,” was prepared in consultation with Russia’s U.S. Ambassador Bakhmetieff.) Instead Ukraine was quartered, with the lion’s share reserved for Moscow. Reconquered by now a Communist Russia, Ukraine was pivotal to the formation of the reconstituted Russian Empire, now the “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” Ukraine served as the economic and industrial locomotive, the agricultural cornucopia, and the geopolitical linchpin of that “union.”

        In the process, Ukraine was savaged by mass murder, war crimes, recreational torture, atrocities, arson, rapacious plunder, kidnapping, massacres, homicidal russification, experimental assassinations, ethnocide, pillage, rape, ethnic cleansing, mass executions, death ships, murder quotas, stupefying terror, thought crime, and man-made starvation killing countless millions of innocents in 1932-33, in what Ukrainians call the “Holodomor.” On May 31, 1933, Gradenigo, the Italian consul in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv during the height of the man-made famine, reported to the Royal Italian Embassy in Moscow his discussion with a senior OGPU secret police officer who advised that 10-15 million starvation murders were required to tame, in the OGPU’s words, Ukraine’s “ethnographic material.” Not a nation. Not people. Not human beings. Just “ethnographic material.” Hitler’s term was untermenchen.

        Reporting further, Gradenigo said the government strived to ensure that “Russians would constitute the majority of the population” in certain regions of Ukraine, and thus assure that potential political difficulties would be removed. The Italian consul concluded: “However monstrous and incredible such a plan might appear, it should nevertheless be regarded as authentic and well underway…The current disaster will bring about a predominantly Russian colonization of Ukraine. It will transform its ethnographic character. In a future time, perhaps very soon, one will no longer be able to speak of a Ukraine, or a Ukrainian people, and thus not even of a Ukrainian problem, because Ukraine will become a de facto Russian region.” It is the offal of that tectonic ethnic cleansing that underlies the “split” in Ukraine, mouthed with such obliviousness as to its cause. The murder rate was 25,000 civilians a day, or some 20% of Ukraine’s population. By comparison, the U.S. suffered 297 military deaths per day during WWII, accounting for 0.3% of its population.

        Moscow was ecstatic: “We have annihilated the nationalist counter-revolution during the past year we have exposed and destroyed nationalist deviationalism…1933 was the year of the overthrow of the Ukrainian nationalist counterrevolution.” More: “Acknowledging the great amount of work put…into the fight against Ukrainian nationalist and other counter-revolutionary elements, work which has not ceased and which shall not cease, we must say that of course we gave the nationalists a beating, a good one, as the saying goes, we hit the spot.” Is this the “common history” between the Kremlin and Kyiv that today the media and others put forth as underpinning Russia’s claims to Ukraine?

        Shockingly, as the Holodomor was interring its millions, on November 16, 1933, the United States extended diplomatic recognition to Stalin, granting him his most coveted prize, and in the eyes of the world legitimizing and abetting his tyranny. Speaking in New York on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Holodomor, Rafael Lemkin, author and father of the UN Genocide Convention, condemned Russia’s ongoing genocide in Ukraine as reaching beyond the “mere” extermination of beings, and targeting the erasure of the nation’s very ethos, its culture and core sense of identity and very existence.”


        #TrustBarack …. he will not repeat any of these tragic errors ….

        now, truly, good night …

        • 87 sjterrid
          March 19, 2014 at 3:29 am

          Bobfr, thank you for all you do in keeping us informed by what is going on in Ukraine. I have learned so much from your reporting.

        • 88 globalcitizenlinda
          March 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

          very illuminating!

          thanks a lot for sharing!

        • March 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm

          Thank you so much Bob. I had no idea Stalin targeted Ukraine specifically, but I did think he was worse than Hitler. I could never understand why we gave him status. I didn’t realize it started so early, thought most of it came after WWII. Wasn’t Nikita Khrushchev one of his leading men to see that it got done? He might not have participated, but ordered it? This is how he got Stalins attention to advance? I think he was even head of Ukraine.

          Why does the Eastern part of Europe have so many of these stories of gruesome killings dating to the Middle Ages or more? Somehow I think it happened all over but some people advanced sooner. We all have our dark sides.

          I’m really grateful for your explanation as sad as it is. I’m glad to see you are reading some of the blogs I am. I hope there is a peaceful answer.

          Somehow I think we must get the media to tell the facts. A nation so divided on facts cannot stand.

          You must be a night owl. I know there is a time difference. I’m on the computer less often now. But I’m hopeful my eye will heal in due time. Take care and thanks again. I enjoy world history as sad as it is though.

  21. 90 carolyn
    March 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Did anyone ever care about Shrub’s brackets? Did Shrub know how to do the brackets? Did Shrub know what basketball is?

    I don’t remember any of this excitement when he was in the White House. Nobody cared what he thought.

    Just like I don’t remember everyone expecting him to set all the problems of the world right…..wherever they occurred. No one really wanted him around.

  22. 91 MightyPamela
    March 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Done. In. Nite y’all, what a day. ♥

  23. 93 99ts
    March 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Minnesota GOP trying to emulate Christie?

    Bill Stepien, Christie’s former campaign manager, hired by Minnesota political firm

    Company President Sheila Berkley says the firm is excited to have someone with Stepien’s knowledge and experience.

  24. March 18, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    We’re all going to need to give and receive a lot of these in the days ahead …

    bbl … time to prepare some dinner

  25. 95 dannystix
    March 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    real sleapy nite evree1

  26. March 18, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Ok all, just did a spot of novel revisions, and I’m off to bed. Stay frosty.

  27. 98 globalcitizenlinda
    March 19, 2014 at 1:06 am


  28. 100 99ts
    March 19, 2014 at 1:42 am

    CNN’s non stop coverage of the missing plane is driven by their fervent desire to see a repeat of 9/11. I was home alone when the towers came down (Mr 99 was away at a conference) and I watched non-stop CNN via ALL our commercial channels for 3 days. At that stage I decided I had seen the same scenes 77,000 times and how many times could 6 different people say the same things. I stopped watching, which probably saved my sanity & stopped me cancelling our trip to London which was close to the best year of my life.

    CNN love disasters – it makes them happy. And people criticise MSNBC for following up on the Christie story?? The mind it boggles

    • 101 Jewelz
      March 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

      The Malaysia missing airline coverage has been a rating bonanza for CNN, and it’s the only reason for their non-stop coverage 24 hours a day. I heard somewhere that their ratings have gone up 100%, and Anderson Cooper has beaten Bill O’Reilly head to head for three straight days now. CNN could care less about the passengers and crew of that airline, or informing their audience. Their only motivation is money.

  29. 102 lockewasright
    March 19, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I was just listening to Superman earlier today.

    Feeling a little more mellow now:

  30. 103 Lynn
    March 19, 2014 at 6:35 am

    GM, everyone. Happy Hump Day!

    Thanks for the musical round-up, LL. Takes me back

    Fab coverage on the Ukraine, Bob! I’ve learned so much!

    Wishing peace and healing for all who have lost a loved one, are enduring personal health issues and STILL stay hopeful and engaged.

    Most of all, eternal gratitude for our TWO first families. Their example inspires and strengths all with open hearts, minds and souls.

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