The Kinks

Riviera Theatre (Chicago, IL)

Mar 8, 1987

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  1. 1 Intro 02:55
  2. 2 Do It Again 03:59
  3. 3 The Hard Way 02:36
  4. 4 Low Budget 04:59
  5. 5 Come Dancing 04:10
  6. 6 Working At The Factory 03:50
  7. 7 Lost And Found 05:00
  8. 8 Welcome To Sleazy Town 05:42
  9. 9 Think Visual 03:38
  10. 10 Lola Tease 01:05
  11. 11 The Video Shop 04:45
  12. 12 Living On A Thin Line 05:04
  13. 13 Guilty 03:52
  14. 14 Misfits 03:52
  15. 15 Lola Introduction 01:33
  16. 16 Lola 05:52
  17. 17 State Of Confusion 04:25
  18. 18 A Gallon Of Gas 04:48
  19. 19 All Day And All Of The Night 05:50
  20. 20 I Gotta Move 02:56
  21. 21 Celluloid Heroes 05:01
  22. 22 20th Century Man 05:37
  23. 23 You Really Got Me 05:22
  24. 24 Till The End Of The Day 04:19
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Ray Davies - vocals, guitar
Dave Davies - guitar, vocals
Ian Gibbons - keyboards, vocals
Bob Henrit - drums
Jim Rodford - bass, vocals

No one represents the crash-and-burn rock 'n' roll ethos better than the Kinks. Constant fighting and creative abandon have made them one of the most exciting and frustrating bands ever. By the time of this performance, the Kinks were already on their third or fourth career, periodically reinventing themselves artistically and commercially with a slowly revolving cast of rhythm sections. The 1987 incarnation of the band was at the tail-end of a solid string of hits in America, having mostly dropped the strong Anglo-centric themes of their seminal work from the '60s and '70s for a more universally crowd-pleasing, hard rock format.

This habit of constantly evolving undoubtedly kept the Davies brothers invigorated, as evidenced here at the Riviera Club in Chicago. It's a high-energy performance where even songs they must have played hundreds of times are attacked with the ferocity of a band half their age.

With such a long and varied recording history, there are bound to be a few numbers that even the most ardent Kinks fan couldn't defend, or more likely couldn't recognize, but the set here manages to survey the band's entire catalog with very little filler (tracks from then release Think Visual being among the weaker offerings). Such is the benefit of over two decades worth of material to draw upon, and lesser-known songs like "Misfits" and "20th Century Man" are welcome additions to the greatest hits/latest album format.

The Kinks would once again experience a spike in popularity in the '90s, as the forerunners of the Britpop explosion would cast Ray Davies as one of their primary influences. But this Chicago performance is proof that even during a supposed career lull, the Kinks were here to play.