American Top 40 PastBlast: 8/19/78

This was the Kinks’ only Top 40 song between “Lola” in 70 and “Come Dancing” in 83. It’s a brutal meditation by Ray Davies, appreciating and yet questioning the time and energy invested by both performer and audience. Amazing track.

The reference to Elvis (the song was written in part as a reaction to his death) given my post earlier this week is purely coincidental yet appropriate. Debuting at #37, it was on its way to #30.

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