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Give the People What We Want: Songs of the Kinks
     

Give the People What We Want: Songs of the Kinks

 
Who'd have thought when the "tribute LP" plague began in the late '80s, we'd be still be stuck with it in 2001, and that the same artists would be feted? (The Damned have four tribute LPs now! Yawn!) Indeed, 1989's Shangri-La: A Tribute to the Kinks was one of the earliest and best. It was the brainchild of Imaginary, the cool and tiny Manchester indie, that pioneered

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Who'd have thought when the "tribute LP" plague began in the late '80s, we'd be still be stuck with it in 2001, and that the same artists would be feted? (The Damned have four tribute LPs now! Yawn!) Indeed, 1989's Shangri-La: A Tribute to the Kinks was one of the earliest and best. It was the brainchild of Imaginary, the cool and tiny Manchester indie, that pioneered the once-fresh idea with ones for Syd Barrett, Captain Beefheart, and the Byrds. But if, like pop movies, sequels are inevitable, this is one of those rare cases where the second time is best. Shifting from Shangri-La's reliance on '80s U.K. '60s fetishists, Give the People collects garage/punk/indie Northwestern American greats who worship at Ray Davies' altar like the rest of us. And with the exception of the Briefs' pointless thrash through 1983's charming comeback number six hit, "Come Dancing," the 18 others take on the truly genius Kinks, the staggering Kinks to Muswell Hillbillies 1964-1971 work, the hottest seven-year run outside of the Beatles in rock history -- before the group and their contemporaries slowly slid into protracted mediocrity. These selections show terrific taste, as the hits and obvious choices are passed up for one stupendous, obscure LP track after another, aside from the indelible 1967 U.K. number two "Waterloo Sunset" (done with typical sweetness by the Fastbacks), and the 1966 number 14 smash "Sunny Afternoon" (Baby Gramps). Best of all, 17 out of 19 score for excellent versions. (The opening, turgid version of 1964's "Revenge" by C Average is the other lamentable stinker.) Every side of the Kinks is covered, from the prettiest (Percy gem "The Way Love Used to Be" by Heather Duby, Kontroversy's "Ring the Bells" by Model Rockets), to the hypnotic (Kinda Kinks and Rushmore film knockout "Nothin' in This World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'bout That Girl" by Mark Lanegan, Face to Face's "Fancy" by the Posies' Jon Auer), to dopey fun (Kontroversy's "Gotta Get the First Plane Home" by Young Fresh Fellows, Something Else's "Tin Soldier Man" by Love as Laughter), to awesome rock 'n' roll (Arthur's incredible "Brainwashed" by ex-Gits folks the Pinkos, and Village Green Preservation Society's equally amazing "Wicked Annabella" by the Minus Five), all done with panache to equal the deserved reverence. Wither Mudhoney, Fallouts, Makers, etc. Rarely has a tribute LP played so consistently. That the Kinks now have not one, but two of the (few) best 10 tribute LPs ever is testament to the astounding quality of Davies' pen and the vintage Kinks lineup's greatness, as well as the cream of the crop artists they still inspire, 30-37 years later.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Sub Pop
UPC:
0098787057522
catalogNumber:
575

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Lanegan   Vocals
Steve Fisk   Mellotron
Scott McCaughey   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells
Lance Romance   Bass,Vocals
Fall-Outs   Track Performer
Mark Arm   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Larry Barrett   Guitar,Vocals
Kurt Bloch   Guitar,Vocals
Jason Finn   Drums
Lulu Gargiulo   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Moriarty   Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
Mike Musburger   Drums
Dan Peters   Bass
Jim Sangster   Bass
Ken Stringfellow   Guitar,Vocals
Kim Warnick   Bass,Vocals
Brian Young   Drums
Minus 5   Track Performer
Sam Jayne   Guitar,Vocals
Lori Goldston   Electric Guitar
Makers   Track Performer
Michael Shelley   Vocals
John Ramberg   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Sutherland   Guitar,Vocals
Murder City Devils   Track Performer
Steve Dukich   Bass
Johnny Sangster   Bass,Guitar,Triangle,Vocals
C Average   Track Performer
Vanessa Veselka   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bill Bernhard   Guitar
Coady Willis   Drums
Heather Duby   Guitar,Vocals
Dann Gallucci   Guitar
Kevin Goldman   Bass
Leslie Hardy   Piano
Zeke Howard   Drums
Nate Manny   Guitar
Davis Martin   Drums
Spencer Moody   Vocals
Pinkos   Track Performer
Kyle Hanson   Accordion
Derek Fudesco   Bass
Lisa Rickenberg   Vocals
Dino Lencioni   Drums
Zaac Aubrey   Bass
Baby Gramps   Guitar,Vocals
Don Virgo   Acoustic Guitar
Nikol Kollars   Vocals
Daniel Spills   Guitar
Daniel J. Travanti   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Brief   Drums,Vocals
Boyd Remillard   Bass
Bo Gilliland   Bass
Emily Marsh   Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
Jimmy Talent   Bass

Technical Credits

Fastbacks   Contributor
Mudhoney   Contributor
Young Fresh Fellows   Contributor
Scott McCaughey   Producer
Dave Davies   Composer
Jon Auer   Producer,Contributor
Kurt Bloch   Producer,Engineer
Gibson   Contributor
Alain Johannes   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Conrad Uno   Producer,Engineer
Love as Laughter   Contributor
Sam Jayne   Instrumentation
Model Rockets   Contributor
Martin Feveyear   Producer,Engineer
Wes   Producer,Engineer
Johnny Sangster   Engineer
Fall-outs   Contributor
Gabe   Roadie
Zeke Howard   Instrumentation
Briefs   Contributor

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