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Song of the Day: Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society

June 21, 2011

It’s Ray Davies’ birthday. He’s 67 and can happily look back on one of the greatest catalogs of the modern rock era. He is a constant source of inspiration and as long as music from our time is remembered, he will be too. It is no small feat.

If I have quibble about the song of the day, it is that I had always thought the line in “Village Green Preservation Society” was “God save strawberry jam in all its different varieties.” A truly brilliant declaration. Apparently, though, Mr. Davies actually sings, “God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.” A fine notion, indeed, but probably not quite poetic enough to inspire jam’s ultimate salvation.

Being only 23 or 24 at the time, I suppose he can be forgiven.

For your enjoyment: A fantastic 1973 live version of the title track of the Kinks 1968 release “Village Green Preservation Society” (buy it now) The Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society Mp3

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