Archive | Apr 13, 2017

Certain Songs #848: The Kinks – “Sunny Afternoon”

Album: Face to Face
Year: 1966

1966’s Face to Face was a quantum leap for The Kinks; proof positive that Ray Davies could fill an entire album full of witty, observational songs in the vein of “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and “Well Respected Man.”

And its lead single, “Sunny Afternoon,” was a microcosm of everything that made Face to Face so great.

Anchored by a descending piano riff battling an almost jaunty guitar riff, “Sunny Afternoon” was a delicious contradiction from start to finish, and it gave The Kinks their first U.K. #1 since “Tired of Waiting For You.” (Which, to be honest, was only 18 months prior, but life came at you fast in the mid-60s pop game.)

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