Monday, December 03, 2007

The Misunderstood Kinks

Here's a little preview of three different 60's rock records that I've been enjoying. The first is from an obscure band called The Misunderstood, who were briefly in the business of creating a distinct brand of "hard-edged psychedelic pop music" in the mid 60's. Overshadowed by hometown bands like Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, the Misunderstood traveled across the pond and try their luck in England.

They recorded six singles in the early part of November 1966, and it would mark the first and last time the band would ever record with their original line-up. This was just as The Jimi Hendrix Experience exploded onto the scene and The Beatles released "Strawberry Fields Forever." With minimal overall success and Vietnam War draft summons from the U.S. military, The Misunderstood disbanded. Listen to a handful of tracks from The Lost Acetates 1965-1966:
The other two albums arrived consecutively from The Kinks; December 1967's Something Else by the Kinks, and November 1968's The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. Both albums sold poorly in the U.S., as the Kinks were subject to a ban on live and television performances. Obviously people have come around since then, as Something Else was ranked number 288 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums, and Village Green is reported to be the best-selling non-compilation album in the Kinks' catalogue.


HenryPonds said...

Hey Cool Blog I DIG the KINKS and it's always cool to know THE BRITISH INVASION is still alvive and well...Cheers!!!! Henry