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Number 120

The Kinks - Dead End Street (PYE 7N.17222 - 1966)

To a nine-year old from the north of England, the Kinks usually represented all the glamour of a 'Swinging London', with tinted specs, brightly coloured union jack tunics and frilly shirt cuffs, which all seemed a world away from the dreary mid-Sixties North. By April 1966, Time magazine had declared London 'The Swinging City', with a feature on its cover, letting America know where its epicentre was, whilst The Kinks lampooned Carnaby Street in their Music Hall inspired hit Dedicated Follower of Fashion, which went on to reach number 4 in the UK charts. By the end of the year though, Ray Davies had penned a rather bleak antidote to the forthcoming Summer of Love with Dead End Street, a song I could actually relate to, living on a dead end street myself. The promo film that accompanied the single, shot on Little Green Street in Kentish Town, remains one of the most unusual pre-video age promo music films, which was considered to be in bad taste by the BBC. Despite its rather bleak subject matter, the song remains one of the band’s best loved songs of the mid-Sixties along with Sunny Afternoon and Waterloo Sunset.