Kinks and Beats Daily

Kinks and Beats Daily
Kinks and Beats is a daily look at two of the greatest musical acts of all time.

Nine to Five
Jan 27 • 14 min
It is one of the shortest songs ever released by The Kinks and yet it is a fully formed and realized composition.
Early 1970
Jan 24 • 14 min
Possibly Ringo Starr’s most autobiographical song and a true statement about his uncertainty surrounding the Beatles breakup.
Jan 23 • 14 min
If you’re into cool riffs, clever lyrics, crunchy guitars, and general rock and roll goodness, this is a good song for you.
I Do
Jan 22 • 15 min
A standout track on a mostly forgettable Paul McCartney album.
Little Miss Queen of Darkness
Jan 21 • 16 min
It’s a fun little track from Face to Face that hints at many songs to come in the Kinks’ catalog.
Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox
Jan 20 • 17 min
This John Lennon album track is a rocker with one of the best bands of session players one could assemble at the time.
Over My Head
Jan 17 • 11 min
Ray Davies released some of his finest material on his solo albums, including this song which is funky and poppy, and beautiful all at once.
Got To Get You Into My Life
Jan 16 • 14 min
The evolution of this song from early takes to final release proves that The Beatles were never opposed to new ideas or scrapping work for a better product.
All Day and All of the Night
Jan 15 • 14 min
One of the Kinks’ biggest hits and a staple of classic rock and roll. Incidentally, also one of the Doors’ biggest hits.
Ob La Di, Ob La Da
Jan 14 • 14 min
More time was devoted to recording this one song than was devoted to the entirety of The Beatles’ first album.
Imagination’s Real
Jan 13 • 9 min
This single off of Dave Davies’ first solo album finds him in his best voice and most creative musically.
I’m a Loser
Jan 10 • 13 min
Often cited as John’s first introspective song, this country ditty was recorded remarkably fast for the Beatles For Sale album.
Live Life
Jan 9 • 11 min
This Kinks song features two musicians who aren’t truly Kinks members, a stale guitar riff, and one of Dave’s most shredding solos.
I Me Mine
Jan 8 • 14 min
It’s rare for The Beatles to release a heavy bluesy waltz with a bridge in 12/16 time but, the one time they do it, it really works well.
End of the Season
Jan 7 • 13 min
Nobody writes a slow swing song about the depression following the end of a sporting season quite like Ray Davies.
For No One
Jan 6 • 18 min
A Paul McCartney song so beautiful even John Lennon had to admit he liked it. For No One is a baroque pop masterpiece.
The Contenders
Jan 3 • 16 min
The Contenders opens one of The Kinks’ finest albums with a bluesy rock that doesn’t last nearly long enough.
Love Me Do
Jan 2 • 14 min
It may be a simple song with simple lyrics but it took The Beatles three different sessions with three different drummers to get it right.
Waterloo Sunset
Jan 1 • 20 min
It’s regarded by many as the prettiest song Ray Davies ever wrote. Others consider it the prettiest song anyone ever wrote. Regardless, Waterloo Sunset is a perfect song and a Kinks masterpiece.
Ding Dong, Ding Dong
Dec 31, 2019 • 15 min
George Harrison scored a minor hit in the mid 1970s with this New Year treat but one must wonder how it could have charted if he didn’t wait until the end of December to release it.
Juke Box Music
Dec 30, 2019 • 14 min
In Juke Box Music, Ray Davies took three chords and churned out one of the band’s best juke box songs of the era.
We Got Married
Dec 27, 2019 • 14 min
I’m sorry but when you get David Gilmour to play on your record, you have to give him more than power chords to play. We Got Married should have an epic Gilmour solo but, alas, it does not.
Mr Churchill Says
Dec 26, 2019 • 14 min
Ray Davies does not get enough recognition for his ability to fuse two or more seemingly independent songs into one majestic track like Mr Churchill Says.
I Wanna Be Santa Claus
Dec 25, 2019 • 10 min
It’s a fun little Christmas tune that perfectly suits Ringo’s voice and production style.
Father Christmas
Dec 24, 2019 • 14 min
Only Ray Davies could write a rocker that was both sweet and cynical, festive and anti-Christmas all rolled up into one.
All I’ve Got To Do
Dec 23, 2019 • 16 min
This obscure early album track by The Beatles is filled with curiosities and spectacular moments but it often forgotten by casual fans of the band.
Scrapheap City
Dec 20, 2019 • 11 min
If you’re looking for a catchy Kinks song that doesn’t feature a Kink on lead vocals, this is the tune for you. If you’re looking for a bluesy Kinks tune with Ray on lead vocals…this tune is also for you.
Dec 19, 2019 • 14 min
How may seem like a simple ballad off John Lennon’s Imagine album but there is actually some very clever songwriting on this track.
Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy
Dec 18, 2019 • 11 min
This short little rocker broke the Kinks’ streak for top 10 hits and came in the middle of one of rock’s craziest release schedules.
We Can Work It Out
Dec 17, 2019 • 12 min
A number one hit around the world and a true Lennon/McCartney collaboration but do the lyrics match the melodies?
Dec 16, 2019 • 13 min
Repetition, off of Think Visual by The Kinks, is a cool rocker with some very cool chord changes but it shows signs that the band was getting too comfortable in the studio.
It’s Only Love
Dec 13, 2019 • 14 min
My my my, my my oh my just my. My oh my. It’s Only Love may be a Beatles classic but it boasts some of Lennon’s weakest lyrics.
Harry Rag
Dec 12, 2019 • 11 min
Never has a song about rolling cigarettes been more sing-songy.
Hey Bulldog
Dec 11, 2019 • 16 min
Originally used in the Yellow Submarine film, this track remained fairly obscure until a recent rebirth in appreciation.
Muswell Hillbilly
Dec 10, 2019 • 16 min
This title track off of one of The Kinks’ best albums features great guitar work, beautiful background vocals, and one of Ray’s best lines.
What Goes On
Dec 9, 2019 • 9 min
What Goes On is the first songwriting credit for Ringo and the only song to be credited as Lennon/McCartney/Starkey.
Stormy Sky
Dec 6, 2019 • 12 min
The Kinks returned to recording radio friendly rock songs with the release of Sleepwalker. Stormy Sky appears on that album and may be a better song than Tony originally thought.
Free As A Bird
Dec 5, 2019 • 22 min
Free as a Bird was the first new Beatles music in 25 years and it was a top 10 hit all around the world but some still complained that it didn’t sound enough like “The Beatles”.
Rosy Won’t You Please Come Home
Dec 4, 2019 • 16 min
It’s a song inspired by the departure of his sister and brother-in-law and includes a peculiar dissonant hook in the chorus. Today we discuss, Rosy Won’t You Please Come Home
Eight Days a Week
Dec 3, 2019 • 11 min
It was the band’s seventh #1 hit in 13 months on the American charts, today we discuss Eight Days a Week by The Beatles.
Same Old Blues
Dec 2, 2019 • 14 min
A long lost song by Dave Davies that finally saw the light of day nearly 40 years later, Same Old Blues is a groove heavy slow jam with a fantastic chorus.
In a Hurry
Nov 29, 2019 • 12 min
For the first time, we’re covering a song released during the run of this podcast! Today we talk about the new Paul McCartney track, In A Hurry.
Hot Potatoes
Nov 28, 2019 • 14 min
It is Thanksgiving in America and what better song to cover for the holiday than Hot Potatoes by The Kinks? Oh, Thanksgiving Day by Ray Davies would have been better. Well, guess you know what to expect next year.
For You Blue
Nov 27, 2019 • 15 min
It was “technically” a number one hit in America and is one of the only straight 12 bar blues songs the band ever released. Today, we discuss George Harrison’s, For You Blue.
Death of a Clown
Nov 26, 2019 • 15 min
The first solo single by Dave Davies was a massive hit in Europe. Today we discuss Death of a Clown.
Baby You’re a Rich Man
Nov 25, 2019 • 16 min
Despite being a top 40 hit in the US, Baby You’re a Rich Man remains an obscure track in The Beatles’ catalog but there’s more to this song than meets the eye.
Abbey Road
Nov 23, 2019 • 85 min
For our first episode devoted to an entire album, we discuss The Beatles’ masterpiece, Abbey Road. Tony is joined by a guest as they explore the album as a whole as well as the recent remixes.
Sitting In My Hotel
Nov 22, 2019 • 22 min
Quite possibly the best song Ray Davies ever wrote, today we discuss the hidden gem that is Sitting In My Hotel by The Kinks.
Dig a Pony
Nov 21, 2019 • 13 min
John called it garbage but this track off the Beatles final release is a solid rocker with a great guitar riff.
Nov 20, 2019 • 14 min
It was the last top 10 hit the Kinks would ever have in their home country but Tony just can’t understand how it was a hit at all. Today, we discuss Apeman.
Hold Me Tight
Nov 19, 2019 • 16 min
The Beatles dismissed it as album filler but this little rocker is filled with hooks and is a lot more fun than they give it credit for.
Definite Maybe
Nov 18, 2019 • 20 min
Is it possible that this song is, sadly, more relevant than it was when it was released? Today we discuss The Kinks’ ode to bureaucratic incompetence, Definite Maybe.
This Boy
Nov 15, 2019 • 14 min
It’s a lovely Motown inspired ballad with a bridge that includes some accidentally sophisticated chord changes. Today we discuss This Boy by The Beatles
Rock and Roll Fantasy
Nov 14, 2019 • 18 min
Rock and Roll Fantasy was one of the Kinks’ biggest hits in the 70s and today we discuss what makes the song great.
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
Nov 13, 2019 • 14 min
It has become one of the most hated songs of The Beatles’ entire catalog but does Maxwell’s Silver Hammer deserve the hate or is the hate a product of circumstance?
Do You Remember Walter?
Nov 12, 2019 • 13 min
It’s a song I enjoy but don’t love and never remember but never skip. Today we discuss Do You Remember Walter by The Kinks and question Jeff Lynne on his love for this track.
And Your Bird Can Sing
Nov 11, 2019 • 17 min
Pop perfection. Every moment of this two-minute song is simple, rock and roll bliss. Today, we discuss, And Your Bird Can Sing by The Beatles.
Better Things
Nov 8, 2019 • 12 min
The song was a modest hit but it should probably be a staple on classic rock radio to this day. Today we discuss Better Things by The Kinks.
Things We Said Today
Nov 7, 2019 • 11 min
A fun little rocker that seamlessly passes from minor to major and back, today we talk about Things We Said Today
Holiday Romance
Nov 6, 2019 • 14 min
The single tanked. The album the song appeared on tanked. The song is cheesy beyond compare. I love it. Today we discuss Holiday Romance by The Kinks
That Is All
Nov 5, 2019 • 15 min
It’s our first solo song! Today we discuss a beautiful album closer, That Is All by George Harrison.
Situation Vacant
Nov 4, 2019 • 12 min
Buried in the middle of their first “great” album, Situation Vacant is a fun rocker filled with Ray’s dark wit.
Wild Honey Pie
Nov 1, 2019 • 9 min
If self-indulgence had a soundtrack, Wild Honey Pie would feature prominently in the score.
Wicked Annabella
Oct 31, 2019 • 13 min
Happy Halloween! Today we talk about the spookiest of Kinks songs, Wicked Annabella. - Want to be included on a future episode? Leave us a voicemail with your favorite/least favorite song and a brief explanation by calling (925) 494-1739
Revolution 9
Oct 30, 2019 • 11 min
Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9.
Tired of Waiting For You
Oct 29, 2019 • 15 min
If you had to choose one Kinks performance that perfectly fits the lyrical content of the song, Tired of Waiting For You would be a perfect choice.
She Loves You
Oct 28, 2019 • 21 min
It’s the song that saved rock and roll forever. Today we discuss She Loves You by The Beatles.
National Health
Oct 25, 2019 • 14 min
Sure, it’s a song about exercising but that doesn’t mean it’s not a cool little punk tune.
Old Brown Shoe
Oct 24, 2019 • 16 min
A rocking shuffle with cool chords, clever lyrics, and a burning guitar solo and it was a Beatles B-side. Today we discuss the hidden gem that is Old Brown Shoe.
Oct 23, 2019 • 14 min
It’s a little bit swampy, a little bit slow, but it’s very cool and has one of Ray’s coolest lines to sing out loud. It’s Alcohol from Muswell Hillbillies.
I’ve Just Seen a Face
Oct 22, 2019 • 15 min
Recorded on the same day as Yesterday and I’m Down, I’ve Just Seen a Face has, somehow, become a hidden gem from a period where The Beatles were truly firing on all cylinders. Today, we discuss that gem.
Picture Book
Oct 21, 2019 • 17 min
Was it a hit? No. Was it the B side of an inferior song? Yes. Should it have been a hit? Absolutely. Is it a classic Kinks song nonetheless? You bet your butt! Today we discuss Picture Book.
Let It Be (LP Version)
Oct 18, 2019 • 17 min
Four different guitar solos have been officially released by The Beatles for Let It Be but, today, we’re focusing our attention on the best of the best.
This Time Tomorrow
Oct 17, 2019 • 11 min
Is it possible to release a song that is moving at two different tempos? The Kinks certainly tried with This Time Tomorrow and the effect is a perfect match to the lyrics.
Cry Baby Cry
Oct 16, 2019 • 16 min
Today we discuss Cry Baby Cry, a deep cut from The Beatles’ deepest of albums.
Sweet Lady Genevieve
Oct 15, 2019 • 12 min
It’s a crime that this single, one of the best of the 70s, didn’t chart in England. It’s a crime it wasn’t released in the US. It’s a crime that you don’t have this song on every playlist in your collection.
Here Comes the Sun
Oct 14, 2019 • 19 min
In the first episode of our podcast, we discuss one of the most complex and beautiful songs in The Beatles’ catalog, Here Comes the Sun