Monday, May 14, 2007

Speaking of Gorgeous

During last night's "Waterloo Sunset/Eleanor Rigby" blood feud cage match, estimable commentator Underwhelm let drop the fact that he'd never heard "Waterloo Sunset". This made me very sad, since I belong (from time to time) to the small subspecies of humanity that considers it the most beautiful song written in the English language in the second half of the 20th century.

So, Underwhelm -- this one's for you: The Kinks lipsynching the Ray Davies classic sometime in early 1967.

Incidentally, I'm not sure what show that clip comes from, but according to at least one Kinks bio I've read, while the band waited backstage to perform WS on "Top of the Pops," show co-star Jimi Hendrix told Ray how much he loved the record, a compliment that its auteur considers one of the high points of his life.

NYM comments: Embedding disabled on this one, sorry. But you can watch it at YouTube.

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