And Make All the Scenes and Stay Out All Night
1379. Tommy Keene: Run Now 1380. Tommy Keene: Based on a True Story 1381. Best of Gene Kelly: From MGM Classic Films 1382. Roberta Kelly: Trouble Maker 1383. Johnny Kemp 1384. Johnny Kemp: Secrets of Flying 1385. Eddie Kendricks: All By Myself 1386. Eddie Kendricks: Eddie 1387. Eddie Kendricks: Boogie Down! 1388. Eddie Kendricks: For You 1389. John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Tribute 1390. Brooks Kerr-Paul Quinichette Quartet: Prevue 1391. Amy Keys: Lover's Intuition 1392. Chaka Khan: I Feel for You 1393. Chaka Khan: C.K. 1394. Chaka Khan: Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project 1395. Kiara: To Change and/or Make a Difference 1396. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places 1397. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: In Praise of Older Women and Other Crimes 1398. Greg Kihn 1399. Andy Kim's Greatest Hits Mixworthy: "How'd We Ever Get This Way," "Shoot'em Up, Baby," and "Rainbow Ride," #1399. Spent: "I Feel for You," #1392. Five words you won't hear again for as long as you live: Andy Kim to the rescue... There may be something on the Chaka Khan remix album I'm missing; I've got it in the back of my mind that there's some connection between her and one of the Inner City songs I like so much. Otherwise, nothing. With Kiss on deck, here are the three most oversexed artists thus far: 1. JFK 2. Rick James 3. Chad Jeremy (tie) _______________________________________________________________________________ 1400. The Uncollected King Sisters with Frank DeVol's Orchestra 1401. Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign 1402. B.B. King: On Stage • Live 1403. B.B. King: A Heart Full of Blues 1404. Ben E. King's Greatest Hits 1405. Carole King: Tapestry 1406. Carole King: Music 1407. Carole King: Wrap Around Joy 1408. Claude King/Ferlin Husky: $Million Sellers$: Country Favorites 1409. Dee Dee King: Standing in the Spotlight 1410. Let's Hide Away and Dance Away With Freddy King 1411. James King & the Lone Wolves: Texas Lullaby 1412. Pee Wee King: Ballroom King 1413. King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King 1414. Kingdom Come: "Get It On" 12-inch 1415. Kingsmen: Volume 3 1416. The Kingsmen on Campus Mixworthy: "It's Too Late," #1405; "It's Going to Take Some Time," #1406. Spent: "Stand By Me," #1404. King's Row, from B.B. to Dee Dee to Pee Wee...Another large haul about which I have little to say beyond a few random notes: 1) Frank Devol (#1400) played Happy Kine on Fernwood 2 Nite, the best fake TV-talk-show until Larry Sanders came along; 2) How low is it theoretically possible to set one's expectations for something? I think I once tried to sell my friend Peter on the idea that there were a couple of "pretty good songs" on the Dee Dee King album. (It was Peter who first got me going on the Ramones in the summer of '79.) Based on the few seconds of "Funky Man" that turned up in last year's Ramones documentary, I'd be afraid to launch an investigation into which songs I had in mind; 3) While checking #1413's spine for the correct album ti- tle (Court of the Crimson King or Court of the King Crimson?), I see that the artist credit reads "An Observation by King Crimson." That's just so totally schizoid; 4) I had the Kingdom Come song in my Top 10 for 1988, a list that was never published be- cause the magazine it was intended for launched a preemptive bankruptcy. Kingdom Come themselves were Kingdom Gone shortly thereafter; 5) It's close, but I like my two favourite songs from Music ("It's Going to Take Some Time" and "Sweet Seasons") a little more than my two favourite from Tapestry ("It's Too Late" and "So Far Away"). Another '70s name too good to be true: Danny Kootch, guitar and backup vocals on Music. _______________________________________________________________________________ 1417. Kinks: You Really Got Me 1418. The Kinks' Greatest Hits! 1419. Kinks: Face to Face 1420. Golden Hour of the Kinks 1421. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society 1422. Kinks: Part One: Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround 1423. John Kirby: 1938 - 1941: The Biggest Little Band in the Land 1424. Kiss: The Originals 1425. Kiss: Alive! 1426. Kiss: Destroyer 1427. Kiss: Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 1428. Kix: Blow My Fuse 1429. Klymaxx: Meeting in the Ladies Room 1430. Knickerbockers: Jerk and Twine Time Mixworthy: "Stop Your Sobbing," #1417; "Tired of Waiting for You," #1418; "Party Line" and "Too Much on My Mind," #1419; "See My Friends" and "Where Have All the Good Times Gone," #1420; "Lola," #1422; "Comin' Home," #1424; "Strutter," #1425; "King of the Night Time World," #1426; "Jerk Town," #1430. Spent: "You Really Got Me," #1417; "All Day and All of the Night," #1418; "Rock and Roll All Nite," #1425. Because I'll occasionally see the Kinks tagged as being underrated, I'm inclined to say they're a little overrated (cf. Joe Rudi, the most overrated underrated player in baseball through the early '70s). At their best, obviously I like them a whole lot--I've listed seven songs, would add two more from my CDs ("Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" and "Love Me Till the Sun Shines"), and there are still the two I moved over to spent, either of which might sound like the great- est thing ever if I hear it under the right circumstances next week. But I've seen people rank the Kinks as the equal of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, and to me they're not close; I also place the Who well ahead of them. They fight it out for fourth on the '60s British list with the Yardbirds, and, at least in terms of quan- tity, that one goes to the Kinks. (Though the trifecta of "Shapes of Things"/"Heart Full of Soul"/"Over, Under, Sideways, Down" tops any three Kinks songs.) Wes Anderson made brilliant use of "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" in Rushmore, and it's well known that he originally wanted to go with an all-Kinks sound- track. If he had, if "Here Comes My Baby" and "I Am Waiting" and "Making Time" and "A Quick One While He's Away" had been replaced by the Kinks, the film would have suffered...Whenever I start comparing notes with anyone on the best live shows I've ever seen, the one I'm most inordinately proud of claiming as part of my "heritage" is Kiss, Blue Oyster Cult, and Artful Dodger at Toronto's Varsity Stadium in 1977. Yeah, I guess I should have been listening to the Sex Pistols and the Ramones at the time, but the town I grew up in was still very much operating on standard dazed- and-confused time in 1977; I think a small underground network of Cars and Devo fans might have infiltrated my high school the following year, but that was about it for punk rock. I'm not even totally sure who was with me at Varsity Stadium, other than that there were three of us and my dad wasn't one of them. I saw a lot of great club shows through the '80s, but Kissapalooza '77 was a benchmark, the one show that most makes me feel a part of my favourite musical decade of all. And now, if you don't mind, I'm going to give myself a round of applause. The band says I deserve to. _______________________________________________________________________________ 1431. Gladys Knight and the Pips: Teen Anguish Vol. 3 1432. Gladys Knight and the Pips: Greatest Hits 1433. Presenting Gladys Knight & the Pips 1434. The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips: The Columbia Years 1435. Knitters: Poor Little Creature on the Road 1436. Terry Knight and the Pack 1437. Buddy Knox 1438. Frankie Knuckles: Beyond the Mix 1439. Best of the Kodaks Featuring Pearl McKinnon 1440. The Best of Kool and the Gang 1441. Everything's Kool & the Gang: Greatest Hits & More 1442. Kool Moe Dee 1443. Kool Moe Dee: How Ya Like Me Now 1444. Kool Moe Dee: "No Respect" 12-inch 1445. The Best of Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas 1446. Kraftwerk: The Man-Machine Mixworthy: "Every Beat of My Heart," #1431; "Wild Wild West," #1443. In a Nerve article about my years as a record collector (yes, this whole thing is just an expanded rehash of something I wrote 18 years ago), I talked about being able to retrieve a few albums from a junky pile my parents kept in the basement. Two of the rarer ones are listed back-to-back in this group: Terry Knight and the Pack (Grand Funk before they were Grand Funk) and Buddy Knox (Huey Lewis before he was Huey Lewis--as rockabilly goes, Buddy's on the milder end of the spectrum). There are about a dozen others scattered through my collection that came from that pile. Among what I've already listed: the Kinks' Face to Face, the Incredible String Band's the Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, and Donovan's Mellow Yellow, and later on there'll be Love's Forever Changes and a couple more. I never did get around to ask- ing my dad if he preferred tripping out to Love or the Incredible String Band...Six or seven years ago, I bought a bunch of doo-wop compilations in one go at a Toronto record convention. I think they were priced at $5 across the board. The Kodaks LP was one of them, there were the Jesters, the Crowns, and some other things already listed, plus a few more. As always happens when I buy too many records or CDs at once, they got filed after a single play in an effort to get through everything. I've undoubtedly missed a few great songs from the doo-wop haul; I just don't know these albums as well as what I'd been accumulating at a more reasonable pace over the years...I've gone on ad nauseum about the many canonical artists who don't mean anything to me. There's also a shadow group behind them, the anti-canonical canon, that hardly registers either: Kraftwerk, Abba, Can, etc...When Gladys Knight decides to make a bid for a younger demographic, there's an album title just sitting there waiting for her: Pip My Ride. _______________________________________________________________________________ 1447. Kris Kristofferson: The Silver Tongued Devil and I 1448. Krystol: I Suggest U Don't Let Go 1449. Kwamé: The Boy Genius 1450. Radio W.W.R.L.'s Bobby Jay Presents the Laddins 1451. Lakeside: Power 1452. Patti La Belle: Winner in You 1453. Robin Lane & the Chartbusters 1454. David Lanz/Michael Jones: Winter 1455. David Lanz: Cristofori's Dream 1456. Billy Larkin & the Delegates Featuring Clifford Scott: Blue Lights 1457. Larks: My Reverie 1458. The Last: L.A. Explosion! 1459. Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual 1460. Laurel & Hardy: "Clunk Click" 12-inch 1461. Lazy Cowgirls 1462. Zarah Leander: Kann denn Liebe Sünde sein 1463. Leather Nun: Lust Games Mixworthy: "The Pilgrim--Chapter 33," #1447; "Time After Time," #1459. Spent: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," #1459. Still one of the greatest videos ever, but besides too much airplay, I listened to it one day at 16 r.p.m. and it sounded just like David Bowie. That's not good. I can no longer hide: when doing the second incarnation of the CIUT show ("Intro- spective Guy Town"), I had a brief flirtation with Windham Hill and what used to be called "new age" (now called either "Moby" or "DJ Shadow"). Please don't ask me to explain--in the context of the show, placed between the Moonglows and third-album Velvet Underground, it worked...Three reasons for listing the Kristofferson track: one, its appearance in Cisco Pike, a good (and almost impossible to see now) early- 70s film; two, its centrality to the Travis-Betsy romance in Taxi Driver ("I ain't no pusher...I never have pushed"); and three, it inspired Green Day's best song, "Walking Contradiction"...The most inexplicable Greil Marcus fetish of all: Robin Lane & the Chartbusters.