If you didn’t already know, The Clissold Arms is also known as “The home of The Kinks”; It’s where The Kinks played their first ever and last ever gigs. The band also spent a lot of time at this pub growing up, as brothers Ray and Dave Davies lived opposite on Denmark Terrace.
To commemorate this fantastic claim to fame, we have an entire room that we have dedicated to The Kinks memorabilia – you could say that we’re pretty fond of the band I guess. To show our appreciation we’ve come up with a list of our top 10 favourite hits (in no particular order of course) – it was a tough choice to make, but we somehow managed to choose.
1. You Really Got Me
This hit from The Kinks was written by Ray Davies; released in August 1964 it was the band’s third single.This one really gets us going!
In fact we love it so much that we even have the lyrics on the wall of our Ladies toilets.
The song Lola was released in June 1970, “Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One” was the album it featured on.
3. Sunny Afternoon
Sunny Afternoon was again written by chief songwriter Ray Davies. The track actually featured on the “Face to Face” album but was also the title track for their 1967 compilation album.
4. Waterloo Sunset
It was released as a single in 1967, and featured on their album “Something Else”.
A song where Ray Davies expresses his dismay at modern day life was also on their “Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One” album from 1970.
6. All Day and All Night
“All Day and All Night” got to number 2 on the UK singles chart in 1964. Similarities are often brought up between “All Day and All Night” and “You Really Got Me”
7. A Well Respected Man
One of the band’s most recognisable songs, “A Well Respected Man” was featured on the EP “Kwyet Kinks” in September 1965 in the UK.
“Victoria” was the opening track on The Kinks’ 1969 concept album “Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)”.
9. Tired of Waiting For You
In the UK “Tired of Waiting For You” was released as a single on 15 January 1965, appearing on their second studio recorded album “Kinda Kinks”.
10. Dead End Street
This track written in 1965 got to 5 on the UK singles chart.
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