BBC: Brother Dave
Davies is lone holdout due to illness.
By Blurt Staff
Ray Davies has told the BBC Radio 4’s
Front Row he’s keen on a Kinks
reunion, saying it’s “three-quarters of the way there.” The lone holdout is his
brother Dave Davies, who may not feel up to it due to his 2004 stroke. “There
is a desire to do it, but the thing that would make me decide yes or no would
be whether or not we could do new songs, even if it’s four or five,” said
Davies, adding he couldn’t do it purely for nostalgic reasons.
“My pitch to the other guys in the
band—because I’m really for it—was what would we have written if we hadn’t have
had our first hit, ‘You Really Got Me’?” What if we put ourselves in that
situation, what would have happened? So I think new work is important for
artists as they mature and get older.”
The prospect of new music is
tantalizing given Ray’s recent solo work and especially because, as he notes, “The
amazing thing is that The Kinks are the only band, of that period, where the
only original members are still alive.” There truly is no time like the
present. Let’s hope Dave’s feelin’ frisky soon.