A disrespected man? NBC cut Ray Davies singing the Kinks' classic and perfectly apt "Waterloo Sunset"--considered by top songwriters one of the great compositions of the day--from its coverage tonight despite my coverage after watching it live. They did include rock star legend Russell Brand singing "I Am a Walnut" or some such. So here's Ray singing it back in 1973 (I interviewed him a couple of times back then when I was editor at Crawdaddy, swell guy). By the way, Ray contributed more to Western culture with "You Really Got Me" than Russell Brand can even dream about. UPDATE: The segment cut by NBC now posted (with Beatles intro).
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Getting the Kinks Out: NBC Hits New Low
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