They weren't the most popular band of the original British Invasion, but the Kinks arguably had more resonance with '90s alternative acts than the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, thanks to the group's edgy approach and populist lyrics.
In March, indie buzz band New Pornographers invited Kinks frontman Ray Davies to sing "Starstruck" onstage with them at the South by Southwest music conference, and a batch of other esteemed modern rockers and songwriters have contributed tracks to the upcoming tribute record This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies & the Kinks, which comes out this year on Praxis Recordings.
Davies himself joins Blur and Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn on the glistening "Waterloo Sunset," from the 1967 album Something Else by the Kinks ("Waterloo Sunset" is also the name of Davies' March 2000 book of fiction).
Elsewhere on This Is Where I Belong, Matthew Sweet performs "Big Sky" from the 1968 album Village Green Preservation Society, Fastball play "Till the End of the Day" from 1965's The Kink Kontroversy and Queens of the Stone Age interpret "Who'll Be the Next in Line" from
Kinkdom, also from 1965.
Interestingly, none of the artists on the disc cover the Kinks' classic rock radio staples "You Really Got Me," "Lola" or "All Day and All of the Night."
The track listing of This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies & the Kinks, according to the album's publicist:
- Fountains of Wayne - "Better Things"
- Bebel Gilberto - "No Return"
- Steve Forbert - "Starstruck"
- Jonathan Richman - "Stop Your Sobbing"
- Queens of the Stone Age - "Who'll Be the Next in Line"
- Matthew Sweet - "Big Sky"
- Lambchop - "Art Lover"
- Bill Lloyd and Tommy Womack - "Picture Book"
- Tim O'Brien - "Muswell Hillbilly"
- The Minus Five - "Get Back in Line"
- Ron Sexsmith - "This Is Where I Belong"
- Fastball - "Till the End of the Day"
- Yo La Tengo - "Fancy"
- Ray Davies and Damon Albarn - "Waterloo Sunset"