Monday, 13 August 2012

Mono Monday: Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

How cool to see Ray Davies of The Kinks performing Waterloo Sunset at the Olympics London 2012 closing ceremony last night.

As the concert was a celebration of the Olympic winners and British music Waterloo Sunset was indeed a good choice for the concert defining Britain's love affair with landmarks and the good old fashioned way of life.

Describing Waterloo with words such as "dirty old river" and "chilly" Waterloo Sunset  also documents the love affair of Terry and Julie and a description of Davies own personal paradise.

A different stance to The Kinks usual mod-rock pop ditties of the era Waterloo Sunset helped keep the listeners focused on the band as they entered the late 60s...

The record reached number 2 in the British charts in 1967, while Terry and Julie's love story was revisited by Bob Geldof two decades later in his record Love Like a Rocket.

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