That's it for today!
Thanks very much to Ray for answering so many queries so thoughtfully, and to everyone who posted questions.
I went to one of your storyteller gigs in Sheffield around 15 years ago ( one of my favourite ever gigs!), and I’ve read a number of pieces where you mention Big Bill Broonzy, I’ve seen you play a National Resonator, covering Sleepy John Este’s Milk Cow Blues, and a number of Kinks songs with Blues in the title and lyrics. Could you tell us how much of an influence the blues have had on you, and which bluesmen in particular as well as Big Bill Broonzy please?
I saw Sunny Afternoon the musical recently and I thought it was incredible. All the guys playing the Kinks were amazing, John Dagleish in particular! Are you planning to work with them again in the future?
What sort of music do you think you’d be creating in 2015 if you were starting out now, rather than 50 years ago?
Hi Ray! My Dad passed away last week and we’ve been busy planning his funeral. He was a lifelong Kinks fan, and one of my first ever gigs was when he took me to see you in London. We are trying to chose a Kinks song for his funeral, but are struggling to find the perfect song. Which of your song would you pick?
Wolverhampton Civic Hall; mid 90’s (great gig)
About 5 rows back: My mate Dave said you were nodding at him, I say you were nodding at me ... Please settle a 20 year a argument once and for all. Cheers. Keep up the stellar work.
Diego D’Amour asks:
“The two characters in the song, Terry and Julie, are to do with the aspirations of my sisters’ generation, who grew up during the Second world War and missed out on the 60s” ... you said in Uncut, 2009.
Presumably Terry & Julie are in their 80s now. How do you think they would look back on their lives? How do you think they’d view the London, the UK, of 2015?
Is it possible in near future that your earlier musicals Chorus Girls, Around the World in 80 Days and Come dancing will be released on CD and hopefully DVD, so that your fans in other countries cold view these works. Please, please please do so.
Hi Ray, Did you & the other Kinks know instinctively that you were going to have monster hits with You really got me, All day & Till the end of the day as soon as you had recorded them? Danny (Mr D’Arcy) Proud but not Prejudiced! P.S, it was an honour & a lot of fun for myself, Jane & the kids to work on Return to Waterloo, thank you for the days.
Did you enjoy Hamlet at the Barbican? It was lovely to see your smiling face in the after party pictures.
"My last discovery was a song that I wrote when I was 15 years old"
Ray Prentice asks:
I had read that you were working on an album of all new songs. Will it be released in 2015?
Do you have any plans to perform in the USA in 2015?
Morf Uncensored asks:
Would you consider revisiting the Arthur album? Ie perhaps staging a version which was more in line of the original concept – a film or even a musical adaptation perhaps?And would you feel inclined to write new songs, re-write old? I still feel that that material has a lot of relevance in our modern age and it’s a particularly rocking album to boot (a favourite of mine). Perhaps Dave could lend a hand? :)
Dear Ray, do you miss the times when the business demanded at least an album per year? Was the pressure good for your songwriting?
"One of my pet projects is to write some good religious hymns for the modern age"
James Davis asks:
"My general feeling about politics is that if you have a message, send a telegram. Don't be too preachy. I always try to stay away from politics"
Hi, Ray. Several years ago you mentioned that your next album would definitely be political. Being that over the last few years my beloved country, the US, has survived a significant economic recession, tried to recover but is now getting a slew of seemingly impossible problems to cope with that outlook is surely timely. Gun violence, racial discrimination incidents, and immigration matters amongst other topics make politics a very much a hot topic as reflected in the presidential candidate media coverage. Mentally ill people (often with guns) are running rampant. Congress has been erroneously slow to do anything really helpful.
What can be done to improve the social fabric of the country? It’s a nation you know is complex. What kind of suggestions might you advocate? Would you consider rewriting or revamping Preservation Act 1 & 2 for the twenty-first century or leave it as is for a future stage production for both the US & the UK? How do you feel about renewed interest in these thought provoking 70s albums that did not get the attention they deserved though the concert productions were refreshing from more predictable acts of the era?
What would you say, if you were to re-write Village Green Preservation Society, are the things that need preserving now in 2015? Vaudeville and Variety seem to have slipped away I’m sad to say.
Ray is now with us!
His first answer is for steviesee, who asked:
We saw Sunny Afternoon yesterday, a great show. Are you surprised it is such a massive hit and has been so well received critically too? Love the Kinks, one of THE bands of the 60s.
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London Calling, West End Girls and Baker Street may all have reasonable claims to being the greatest song ever written about London, but one still stands tall above them: Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks, perfectly capturing the romance that sits amid the bustle of the capital.
Written by Ray Davies, now 71, it was just one of his masterpieces for the band: You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night, Sunny Afternoon... He managed to straddle driving rock, wistful bucolia, and music-hall pomp, writing social commentary as well as portraits of everyday Britons.
Davies has since written the current hit West End musical Sunny Afternoon, about his early life and The Kinks, and compiled the latest greatest hits package from the band, also titled Sunny Afternoon, which is out this month. Ahead of its release on October 16, Davies joins us to answer your questions about his life and career, in a live webchat from 1pm BST on Tuesday 6 October. Post them in the comments below, and he’ll answer as many as possible.