Eternal Soundcheck

Life Stinks I Like The Kinks #2


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14 pages.  B&W.

Issue #1 is also still available.

Words from the publisher:

The Kinks released, between 1965 and 1969, five exceptional albums from which the bulk of this magazine will be focused upon: The Kink Kontroversy, Face To Face, Something Else, Village Green, Arthur. Five albums… a couple dozen singles… plenty of grist for the mill…

It was a pleasure to begin writing the new issue without feeling that I was committing some indecent act. I have the great fortune of having shed the obsession which prompted my first writings on the Kinks, and can write on the subject with a great deal more stability.

I was cured. I’m not nauseated or paranoid or saturated with stupefied awe upon listening to ‘Big Sky’. The unhealthy impulse toward delight at the malicious qualities of Ray has been replaced with a slight mortification at the confessional quality of Life Stinks I Like The Kinks.

I persisted because the fantasies expressed in many of these songs were a retreat from an intolerable reality that corresponded strongly with much of the reading that I was doing when I returned from tour with UV and Total Control. I found notes of songs that I would write about here, a certain power of the construction of fantasy as great as any masterful author: the loss of enchantment in the green light on the dock in The Great Gatsby, the urge toward a code of honour that provoked The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea. This is where I grounded my interest for the songs that I write about in this issue: an attempt at elevation from the status of an idiotic brute keeping score on the provocations and malevolence of a 60’s rock band.

Also in this issue, a contribution from Douglas P (Death In June) and cover art by Avi Spivak.

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Year of Publication:  2013