25 November 2018

The Ray MacVay Sound - Kinda Kinky/ Kinkdom Kome



Swinging Kinks Tribute from Larry Page and raving Ray MacVay

Label: Pye
Year of Release: 1965

This is a baffling but very sought-after single from the prolific easy listening master Ray MacVay, who we last mentioned just over a year ago. Ray was perhaps more daring than many pseudo-James Last characters in the work he took on, attempting reggae, rock and country as well as the pop tunes that loaned themselves best to a nice and easy arrangement. 

This, however, appears to be a Kinks kash-in. While the repetitive central riff on side A does owe a small debt to Ray and Dave Davies, the band don't get a songwriting credit, and it seems that MacVay and Larry Page - who does get credited - were just using their sound as a springboard.

The end result sounds like a cross between a late night chat show theme and The Kinks, which is no bad thing. Indeed, I'm slightly surprised nobody has dug this one up to use on a television programme at any point in the last fifty years. It's also found some favour as a turntable hit with the mod club crowd, which has pushed up the asking price of copies over the years. 

So far as I'm aware, Ray Davies' opinions on the single are unrecorded, though as it didn't even come close to being a hit, perhaps that's not surprising. Larry Page, however, was fascinated by the idea of The Kinks tracks being given the easy listening treatment, and you can hear the Larry Page Orchestra taking on his work here. Further examples are available on his "Music For Night People" LP and CD.



4 comments:

john robertson said...

A brilliant tune used on pirate radio in the 60s, as a dj theme

VanceMan said...

This Ursula 1000 song called "Kinda Kinky" has to be a tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nb7zl2ZUyI

Anonymous said...



Thank you David !!!

Albert

23 Daves said...

John Robertson - thanks, that actually figures.

VanceMan - I don't think I've heard that one before, but I agree - surely the title at least came from this?!