Top 10: Kinks Songs

As threatened promised last week, I had to do a separate list for songs by The Kinks as well. Because if there’s one 60s bands that can challenge The Beatles as most awesomest band, it’s The Kinks. Even though they’re the lesser known band. They can also challenge them for the worst haircut in a group (for a single person, it’s either Anthon Chigurh or Prince Valiant), but that’s entirely besides the point.

I grew up with a mother who grew up in the late 60s and is an ardent pop music fan. That made a huge impression of course. But for some reason, the Kinks – besides the usual songs – never hit her radar much. So, I guess, my pubescent rebellion was to say that the Kinks are my favourite band. Kinda pathetic rebellion, I know. I mean, I could have really rebelled and said that I hated music, but that would have meant a life without music and what fun is that? So I had this phase where I’d listen to them non-stop. 

Anyway, I’m not really going anywhere with this story, so let’s just enjoy the Kinks. Like with The Beatles, I’ll give you my favourite lines, but this time, I’ll also add a video. It was kind of sad last week, with only the lyrics.

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The Boat That Rocked (2009)

The Boat That Rocked is the new movie by Richard Curtis, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Norrington Jack Davenport and Tom Sturridge.

Plot:
Carl (Tom Sturridge) is sent to his godfather’s Quentin (Bill Nighy) boat because he messed up in school and his mother thought that it would be a good idea to have him live with some men. Unfortunately, Quentin’s ship is a pirate radio station, inhabited by the eccentric radio DJs. At the same time, Minister Dormandy (Kenneth Brannagh) tries to shut down the radio piracy, with the help of his assistant Twatt (Jack Davenport).

While the movie has a wonderful soundtrack and a good cast, the rest was unfortunately highly offensive to me as a woman and as a thinking human being. Most of the jokes were, as we say in German, “unter jeder Sau” (which might be translated to “beneath every sow” and means abysmal). At one point, I was about to walk out of the theatre and I have never done that before. If you wanna know why, read on. If you don’t want to read me rant again, you better skip the rest of the post.

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