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Kontemplating the Kinks: Nothing's as Bad as Ray Davies Thinks

John Hutchinson, Musician, January 1987

RAY DAVIES, we've always been told, is quintessentially English. The classic Kinks songs of the '60s – 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion', 'Sunny Afternoon', 'Waterloo Sunset' – were finely-judged vignettes of British life, full of cheeky optimism and tempered by bittersweet melancholy.

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