Destroyer – The Kinks (1981)
This song = my freshman year in high school. Not only was it released the same month I began my freshman year, but it was a favorite of several friends in my class so it was frequently used in air-guitar riffs. And the Kinks’ 1970 song Lola (on which this song was based) also saw a resurgence in popularity. Rockin’ good times! :-) The Kinks, who’d been part of the original British Invasion during the 60’s, saw their peak in popularity in the late 60’s and early 70’s. This track’s album and its successor saw them re-surge, but they weren’t able to maintain that same level of momentum through the end of the 80’s. The 90’s started on a good note when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility. However, the band, fronted by brothers Ray & Dave Davies, finally split in 1996. Solo projects by the brothers ensued, and Dave Davies suffered a stroke in 2004, which temporarily impacted his ability to sing and perform. Ray Davies’ last solo album of original material was released in 2007. In November 2010, he released in the UK an album of re-interpreted Kinks songs he’d written. It’s currently scheduled to be released in the US next month.