Outside Agitator (they/them)
- Jul 29, 2012
I won't be following the Soviet example all that closely seeing as, well, I hope I've managed over the past couple of years to illustrate how Britain and the Soviet Union are fairly different. But also primarily because I too know very little about the Soviet music scene beyond broad strokes, whereas I know a heck of a lot about what was going on in Britain, so it's easier just to play with what I know and love.I have to admit that the Soviet music environment isn't exactly my strong suit, so I can't necessarily chime in too much
You hit upon a key point here, which is that The Kinks are sort of the absolute ideal band for the Commonwealth. (I mean, they even started out as a trad jazz outfit!) I once saw someone suggest that the real answer to the question Beatles or Stones is in fact "Kinks", and (without giving anything away) in the Commonwealth this is (even) more true. But we'll get to this properly soon enough.but I do question if their sound would be quite as hard-edged as it was OTL, at least. If they're not gigging in Hamburg in the worst clubs ever, they might sounds more like the Kinks circa Village Green Preservation Society (with a jazzier twist, maybe, given TTL's environment) than Please Please Me at first. Of course, they could be gigging in Britain in the worst clubs ever, so...
You are absolutely right, though: the Fab *Four have been growing up on jazz and folk rather than Chuck Berry and Little Richard, so the early stuff will probably sound more akin to the OTL mid-period stuff (Beatles For Sale thru Rubber Soul, say). This sort of gets at the heart of where music in the CW is going over the next decade or so, because the OTL idea of Beatles and Stones being Year Zero will apply very differently, and to a vastly varying degree.
Incidentally, I've been collecting playlists of songs that I think could be "Commonwealth music" for months now, so I'll be sure to illustrate as best I can what things sound like at every available opportunity. For now, I'll leave this as a tantalising hint of where pop might be by the latter stages of the 1960s: