Written by Ray Daviesthe song was inspired by the band's then-tumultuous state at the time, with two members leaving the band during the recording of Misfits. Released as the first single from the album, the track was the band's most successful single in years, reaching number During the recording of the Misfits album, bassist Andy Pyle and pianist John Gosling quit the band, with drummer Mick Avory also considering leaving. It took nearly a year to put [ Misfits ] together, She Changed Her Mind - Various - From Punk To Ska 2 couple of band members left, Bad Company - Rock N Roll Fantasy Mick [Avory] didn't really want to do it.
And [Ray and I] got together like we had so many times before, playing Chuck Berry records, having a laugh. That could very easily have been the end of [the band]. But there was something not yet resolved.
I use personal things to get something else out of me Elvis Presley died last week and it all just added up. He engulfs himself in their music whenever he feels unhappy, "living in a rock 'n' roll fantasy". The track was the first from Misfits to be released as a single. It peaked at 30 on the Billboard Hot in America,  the band's best charting American single since 's " Lola.
The track is generally cited by critics as one of the highlights from Misfits. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called the track one of the two "touchstones" of the album and named it as a highlight from the album. It's a twofold fantasy: that of Davies, who'll "break up the band, start a new life, be a new man," and that of a diehard Kinks fan, Bad Company - Rock N Roll Fantasywho's wrapped up in their records. At its lovely beginning, the song suggests a breathy ballad by the Bee Gees, another veteran group but one that, unlike the Kinks, is now enjoying greater commercial success than ever before.
As the lyrics describe Dan's rapt devotion, billowing harmonies deliberately evoke the Beach Boysa band that seems to have soldiered on only for the sake of nostalgia.
Then, as this description reaches its climax, the Kinks burst into an approximation of the sound of Boston 's dense, swirling guitars. If Boston can scarcely get it together to record a second LP, imagine how the Kinks, whose success was equally over-night, feel as they approach their twenty-second or so! You can't teach an old dog new tricks. The song has since appeared on the compilation album Come Dancing with The Kinks. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Redirected from Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy. I was trying not to be a hit machine - and we've certainly achieved that with a few albums. But we wanted to expand and find a new fan-base - and hopefully, we'd still be excited by the music. Things like " Misfits " and "A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" a bit later were attempts to do Bad Company - Rock N Roll Fantasy music we got a kick out of, and also improve the fan-base.
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