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How ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Used Traffic’s ‘Mr. Fantasy’ to Honor Tony Stark

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The band Traffic has probably been getting its heaviest web traffic ever this past week, thanks to the use of a 50-year-old song, “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” that plays briefly but inescapably in the first 10 minutes of the superhero epic. It’s the most prominent of the handful of pop songs that show up during the three-hour running time, at least before an even older oldie, from 1945, brings up the end credits.

And boomers who are well familiar with the Traffic tune as an FM staple for the last half-century may not be that much less initially puzzled by its appearance than millennials: Why isSteve Winwood warbling aboard the starship Benatar?

(Warning: Our answers include mild thematic spoilers, for the hundred or so arthouse partisans and shut-ins who haven’t seen the film.)

Of all the movies you might walk out of saying, “Man, music supervisor Dave Jordan really earned his salary on that one,
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Spinal Tap Rocks, Rolls and Delights at Tribeca 35th Anniversary Screening

  • Variety
Fans of the legendary British rock outfit Spinal Tap were given a rare treat Saturday night as the band’s core trio reunited for a rare acoustic performance following the Tribeca Film Festival’s 35th anniversary screening of the landmark documentary “This Is Spinal Tap.”

David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls delivered a hit-packed set complete with a special guest appearance by Elvis Costello on a rousing rendition of the “Gimme Some Money” — a hit from the band’s pre-Tap mop-top Thamesman period — that had the capacity crowd at New York’s Beacon Theatre singing along with pure glee. Marty Dibergi, the director who captured Spinal Tap in all its early 1980s glory, was also on hand for the post-screening, pre-performance Q&A.

The all-acoustic performance magnified the amazing musicianship of the Tap troika that was so often overshadowed by pyrotechnics and over-the-top props on stage. A band
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Chrissie Hynde Previews New Covers LP With Rendition of ‘Caroline, No’

Chrissie Hynde Previews New Covers LP With Rendition of ‘Caroline, No’
Chrissie Hynde has announced a new covers album. Valve Bone Woe will be released on September 6th and is available for pre-order. Produced by Marius De Vries and Eldad Guetta and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble, the LP features Hynde’s jazz-tipped renditions of songs from a range of artists, including the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Charlie Mingus, Ray Davies and others.

“I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer and such, but jazz is
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The Kinks’ ‘Village Green’ Is Certified Gold, Half a Century Later

The Kinks’ ‘Village Green’ Is Certified Gold, Half a Century Later
Just over 50 years since the landmark album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society came out, it’s been certified gold in the U.K. The award means that the LP has sold more than 100,000 copies in the band’s native country. It’s still uncertified in the United States, where it would take half a million copies sold to earn a gold plaque.

“This is like what they give somebody when they retire,” Ray Davies said when he was receiving the plaque, in an ITV featurette about the album.
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‘Head Over Heels’ Musical: Hear New Rendition of Go-Go’s Song ‘This Town’

Head Over Heels, the Broadway musical currently playing at the Hudson Theatre in New York City, is based on a 16th-century prose poem of mistaken identity and jealous lovers that was later turned into a play, The Arcadia. But everyone really knows it as “the Go-Go’s musical” since the upbeat production features all the hits from the pioneering all-female group. It’s one of those meta-mashups that can take some time to get into but, once you do, there’s plenty of fun times to be had while upending the patriarchy.
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15 Albums to Stream Now: Robyn, Thom Yorke and More Rolling Stone Editors’ Picks

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15 Albums to Stream Now: Robyn, Thom Yorke and More Rolling Stone Editors’ Picks
Editors’ Pick: Robyn, Honey

Following a rough patch in her personal life with her first album in eight years, Robyn relaxes the tempos and relentless hook-slinging to let healing, rapturous dancefloor grooves take over. Her beats are more seductive and experimental, the reverence for classic disco and house more explicit, the bliss more redemptive. It’s a perfect night of clubbing reimagined as a very artful pop record. Will Hermes

Read Our Feature: Robyn Reborn

Read Our Review: Robyn Lets the Grooves Take Over on the Excellent Honey

Thom Yorke,
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The Kinks’ ‘Village Green’ LP at 50: ‘That’s the Story of Our Lives’

The Kinks’ ‘Village Green’ LP at 50: ‘That’s the Story of Our Lives’
These days, when Ray Davies listens to his band’s masterstroke, 1968’s The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, it’s with “a bit of misery.” The frustration he was feeling at age 23, when he wrote it, is still fresh: The Kinks were banned from playing in the U.S. following a dustup with the musicians’ union in 1966, forcing him to “withdraw” into Englishness until 1969. But on the other hand, he also takes pride in the quaint stories and complex arrangements he wrote for each of the LP’s
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The Kinks’ Dave Davies on Rediscovering Songs From 1970s Nervous Breakdown

Around the time Dave Davies scored a hit in 1967 with “Death of a Clown,” he had a spiritual awakening and began questioning mortality. The lyrics of the song, which he co-wrote with his brother and Kinks bandmate Ray Davies, tells of a performer who has lost his spark but must go on with the show anyway. “We all wear masks, pretending to be something we’re not,” he says now. “‘Death of a Clown’ was kind of a trigger point saying, ‘What the hell am I doing? Am I just a clown,
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Hear the Kinks’ Previously Unreleased Song From 1968

The Kinks meditate on lazy days and mortality in “Time Song,” an unreleased track that’s on the band’s upcoming 50th anniversary edition of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, out October 26th via BMG.

“Time lives our lives with us, walks side by side with us/ Time is so far from us, but time is among us,” frontman Ray Davies croons on the song over a slow, hazy waltz of acoustic guitar and piano. “Time is ahead of us, above and below us/ Is standing beside
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Hear the Doors’ Rare ‘Hello, I Love You’ Rough Mix

Hear the Doors’ Rare ‘Hello, I Love You’ Rough Mix
“What a great opener, ‘Hello, I love you, tell me your name,'” the Doors‘ drummer John Densmore says. “Like, whoa, Ok. That’s aggressive. You’re in love with me but you don’t know my credentials?”

He laughs and says that kind of pickup line was not frontman Jim Morrison’s style at all, even if he did write the lyrics. “He was sort of ‘Southern shy,'” the drummer says. “Well, if he got loaded, he got a little more open – a little too open sometimes.” But
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10 Purple Rain Facts You Never Knew

10 Purple Rain Facts You Never Knew
Purple Rain pulled in ten times its budget, earned an Oscar for Best Original Song Score, and boasted a soundtrack that spent 24 weeks at Number 1. So let's purify ourselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka and pay tribute to the Purple One. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Purple Rain.

Purple Dreams

After a string of albums culminated in breakthrough success with 1999, multitalented Minnesota multi-instrumentalist Prince tasked his managers with getting him a movie. The budget was small, the studio once suggested John Travolta should star, but somehow, it all came together. William Blinn, executive producer of TV's Fame, penned the first draft, which he called Dreams. A recent USC film school grad with no feature film directorial experience, Albert Magnoli went on a late night drive with Prince and convinced him he was the man for the job. Magnoli reworked the script.

The origin
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Ray Davies Talks More About Kinks Reunion: ‘If I Can Get Everyone in the Same Room’

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Ray Davies Talks More About Kinks Reunion: ‘If I Can Get Everyone in the Same Room’
Ray Davies set the rock world aflutter late in June when he casually seemed to say that the Kinks were getting back together — and then characteristically undercut his comment by saying they’d be reuniting at the pub. Mark Goodman and Alan Light of SiriusXM’s “Debatable” grilled Davies on the subject today, asking him directly whether the famously fractious group, helmed by Ray and his younger brother Dave since 1963, are actually sorting out their differences and getting back together for the first time since 1996 — and as he’d said, reuniting with founding drummer Mick Avory for the first time since the early 1980s.

“We’ve got nothing to sort out — we’ll never get on!” Davies replied, referencing Dave and Avory. “But if we acknowledge that, we can make good music, because [Dave] is an outstanding guitar player. I still love winding [Dave] up,” he laughed. “I tried winding Gary up,
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Ray Davies Says the Kinks are Getting Back Together

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Ray Davies Says the Kinks are Getting Back Together
In characteristically whimsical fashion, Kinks frontman Ray Davies told the BBC Monday that the group will be getting back together to record a new album after more than 20 years apart — although he seemed to hedge his bets by taking a call from drummer Mick Avory during the interview and saying he would see him in the pub later, then quipping: “The Kinks are getting back together…in the pub at least.”

However, Davies, 74, said during the interview with Channel 4 News (watch the video below) that he was “making a new Kinks album” with brother Dave Davies and Mick Avory.

“We’ve been talking about it because I’ve got all these songs that I wrote, then the band — not broke up, we parted company — and I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it.” A rep for Davies had no further information on a Kinks reunion.
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Latest Soundtrack Releases From Dutton Vocalion

  • CinemaRetro
By Darren Allison

Vocalion have the rare ability to continuously satisfy. Not only does the label re-connect us to the past with essential CD reissues, but also through re-recordings of long forgotten and often overlooked classics. Vocalion’s three latest CD releases continue to exemplify these principles, and all with a certain sense of style.

Themes from The Exorcist (1974) and Flashpoint (1975) are two albums from Ray Davies and the Button Down Brass. As albums, they formed part of an essential collective, an audio treasury that would find their way into the hands of young and enthusiastic kids, particularly of those who displayed an early interest and love of both cinema and TV. They were usually the affordable route; a few weeks pocket money would often result in one of these albums making it into the comforting domain of your bedroom. Sat alongside your Geoff Love compilations, they would provide countless hours of repeated enjoyment.
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Weird Al Celebrates Star Wars 40th Anniversary with Rare Yoda Demo

Weird Al Celebrates Star Wars 40th Anniversary with Rare Yoda Demo
There were many ways to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars yesterday, but none quite as fun as a good old-fashioned "Weird Al" jam. Al shared his 1981 demo for his hit Star Wars parody song "Yoda" from the Dare to be Stupid album released in 1985. The demo first popped up on the Dr. Demento Radio Show in 1981 and it had the instrumentation Al was using at the time, meaning that the song is performed on an accordion and uses hand farts and a suitcase for percussion. The song was written after Al saw The Empire Strikes Back and is told through the eyes of Jedi-in-training, Luke Skywalker.

"Weird Al" released the demo for "Yoda" on his official YouTube account for the 40th anniversary of A New Hope and also to promote his epic box set that contains all of his 14 studio albums and a separate album of rarities. The
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The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon heading to the big screen

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Olivier Award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon – which tells the story of legendary British rock band The Kinks – is set for a big screen adaptation, with Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) reportedly approached to direct.

The film will be scripted by Joe Penhall (Mindhunter) and will explore how Ray Davies, his brother Dave, bass guitarist Pete Quaife and drummer Mick Avory formed The Kinks, the band behind hits such as ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Tired of Waiting for You’ and ‘Lola’, as well as the sibling rivalry between Ray and Dave.

Sunny Afternoon is said to be in the early stages of development, and producers Francois Ivernel, Charles de Rosen and Sonia Friedman are currently working on securing the story and music rights. There’s no word yet if any of the cast of the West End musical -including John Dagleish and George Maguire, who
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Mike Gold: Wish I Could Fly Like Superman

Hey girl we’ve got to get out of this place, there’s got to be something better than this

I need you, but I hate to see you this way. If I were Superman then we’d fly away.

I’d really like to change the world and save it from the mess it’s in,

I’m too weak, I’m so thin, I’d like to fly but I can’t even swim

Ray Davies, (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

Several years ago, I read a poll that asked if we could have any one superpower, which one would we have? Unsurprisingly, the ability to fly won hands down.

Never mind the “fact” that super-speed would be the most powerful super-power. Think about it. If we could travel as fast as The Flash, we could prevent a lot of bad stuff from happening, put out fires,
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Theatre Review: Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour)

Sunny Afternoon review: The story of the Kinks from grass roots to the pinnacle of their career and beyond..

Sunny Afternoon review, Katey Thompson.

Sunny Afternoon, the musical, is the Kinks’ journey from their discovery to the highs that the pop star life brings. The musical is based on the story of Ray and Dave Davies, their music, and how a cockney band became pop idols. It’s a brilliant tribute to the band who got their name from America.

Ryan O’Donell‘s portrayal of Ray Davies was very good as the only way Ray could articulate himself was through his lyrics which conveyed the angst he felt. A show stopping drumming solo of Andrew Gallo who was portraying Mick Avory was excellent to see. The turbulent relationship Mick had with the younger brother Dave Davies was manifested throughout the show, and Mark Newnham was a brilliant guitarist and
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Mark Hamill Maybe Revealed Whether Luke Skywalker Will Return for Star Wars: Episode IX

For those of you who are wondering if Mark Hamill will reprise his role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IX, the actor may have accidentally let the answers slip. If you don’t want to know whether or not Skywalker makes it through Episode VIII alive, I suggest you don’t read ahead.

While interviewing Ray Davies at a special event in London over the weekend, Hamill told the crowd:

“I finish Episode VIII, and then I’m out of work.”

That sounds to me like we won’t see Luke continue his journey in Episode IX. Maybe Hamill he meant to say, ““I finish Episode VIII, and then I’m out of work… for the time being.” But who knows. Lucasfilm didn’t have any issue killing off Han Solo in the last film. Maybe Luke is the next main character to go down in a blaze of glory?
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Is Star Wars 8 Luke Skywalker's Final Movie?

Is Star Wars 8 Luke Skywalker's Final Movie?
We know there is still plenty of filming left on Star Wars: Episode VIII, with director Rian Johnson revealing at the end of April that they had passed the half-way mark of production. While we don't know exactly when filming will come to a close on this highly-anticipated sequel, the next chapter in the Skywalker saga is set to hit theaters on December 15, 2017. Over the weekend, one of its stars, Mark Hamill, seemingly dropped a huge spoiler during an event in London, although it may not be what it seems. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

http://movieweb.com/star-wars-8-luke-skywalker-mark-hamill/Mark Hamill was part of a special event in London this weekend where he got to interview Ray Davies of The Kinks, one of the actor's favorite bands. Den of Geek attended this event, which was largely focused on The Kinks, although
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