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Hombre_de_ningun_lugar

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Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« on: January 10, 2017, 01:55:38 PM »

"Sunny Afternoon" is a fingerprint song by the Kinks, released as a single in June 1966. This Ray Davies' composition was the last #1 hit the band had in UK; and it peaked at #14 in US. The song consolidated the new direction the group was taking toward more melodic music instead of the raucous sound of their early hits. The lyrics were also becoming much more complex, appealing to ironic social satire. The record was not up to date in terms of revolutionary sound, but it did show that rock music had developed to something more than just a catchy rhythm to dance.

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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 08:01:56 PM »

Brilliant song, it seemed like the whole of England was singing It  !

Just one of those songs that was always on the jukebox, very melodic and singalong  a bit like Penny Lane.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 08:31:50 PM »

Certainly it's very British. In fact, this may be an example of why the Kinks are usually considered as the most British band from the British Invasion.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 09:05:05 PM »

I love this one. Bouncy and jaunty. Ray Davies lyrics are his signature; lucid but comic.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 11:23:23 PM »

Brilliant song, it seemed like the whole of England was singing It  !

All of the US was singing it too that summer, Kev.

I love this song!
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 08:15:44 AM »

After I was looking at this post this morning, i heard the song on the car radio!

Wasn't Good Day Sunshine partly influenced by this and the Lovin Spoonful's summer In The City? Seem to recall reading that once
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2017, 12:26:11 PM »

Wasn't Good Day Sunshine partly influenced by this and the Lovin Spoonful's summer In The City? Seem to recall reading that once

Actually, "Good Day Sunshine" was influenced by another Lovin' Spoonful's song, according to Paul: "'Good Day Sunshine' was me trying to write something similar to 'Daydream.'"

But I didn't know that the Kinks' song had an influence there. I certainly find some similarities; but it should be taken into account that "Good Day Sunshine" was recorded in June 8, 1966; and "Sunny Afternoon" was released in June 3, 1966 (UK). It seems that there was not enough time to be an influence on the Beatles' song, unless Paul had heard the Kinks' recording before its release.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 09:45:36 PM »

ah yes Daydream  cheers Hombre i had my LS songs mixed lol. And yeah i wasnt sure about the time frame of GDS and SA
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2017, 04:33:07 AM »

Great song.  Love the atmosphere it emits.  Good stuff.

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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2017, 11:53:23 AM »

As well as I think "All Day And All Of The Night" is the twin sister of "You Really Got Me", I think "Dead End Street" is the twin sister of "Sunny Afternoon".

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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2017, 05:11:49 PM »

Great video and yes I agree abut these two songs.

They both comment on the social climate at the time. Unemployment for the poor and a tax squeeze for the rich.

A cold and frosty morning for the poor and a sunny afternoon for the rich (but with a few clouds on the horizon).

Amusing that the "sunny" clip is filmed in the snow and the "frosty" clip on a fine day.

But the British "suffer and bear it" attitude is in both songs. The rich guy is gonna stay in his stately home as long as he can and the poor are going to stay on their street because it's "too late to emigrate".
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2017, 01:18:57 PM »

That's a great parallel analysis of the lyrics of both songs, zipp!

I was refering more to the music, as I think those songs have similar styles. But your rich/poor comparison of themes is very interesting.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2017, 08:32:04 PM »

That's a great parallel analysis of the lyrics of both songs, zipp!

I was refering more to the music, as I think those songs have similar styles. But your rich/poor comparison of themes is very interesting.

I think Well Respected Man and Dedicated Follower of Fashion also have that musical similarity with that sort of parallel lyrics that Zipp highlights. 
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2017, 12:45:15 PM »

I think Well Respected Man and Dedicated Follower of Fashion also have that musical similarity with that sort of parallel lyrics that Zipp highlights.

That's true. And those two songs were the beginning of Ray's social satire themes.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2017, 09:13:10 PM »

I think Well Respected Man and Dedicated Follower of Fashion also have that musical similarity with that sort of parallel lyrics that Zipp highlights.

Yes they have similar themes in that they are both trapped inside their way of life. They have no self-initiative. One is dominated by fashion and the other by what his parents expect of him.
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Re: Classic 60's songs: Sunny Afternoon
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2017, 02:40:01 AM »

Yes they have similar themes in that they are both trapped inside their way of life. They have no self-initiative. One is dominated by fashion and the other by what his parents expect of him.
Yes,  very well summed up zipp
I always thought of them as twins  ;D
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