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Forgotten '80s classic: The Kinks' 'The Road'

While the '70s has classic songs about rock 'n' roll on the road like Jackson Browne's The Load-Out and Bob Seger's Turn The Page, the '80s also lamented about the long tours including songs that might have escaped your attention like the Kinks and their travel song simply titled The Road.

While the Kinks are rock royalty, an odd stat is that they never had a Top 10 album in the U.S. in their career, which spans back to 1964 with the revolutionary power chords of You Really Got Me. In the '80s, they came close several times including 1983's State Of Confusion, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Album Chart and produced the always enjoyable Come Dancing.

In 1988, the Kinks released their live album simply entitled Live: The Road. The lead track and single however wasn't a part of the other live recordings from events in Columbia, Maryland, and Philadelphia, but a studio track with applause from guests in the studio. While it did not hit the pop charts, it did reach No. 14 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The video, directed by the lead singer Ray Davies, is culled from footage spanning the previous three decades of the Kinks and includes their shaggy hair days along with some current concert footage. While the Kinks are no longer in action, mainly due to the brotherly feud between Ray and Dave Davies, Ray is still busy as ever with his latest solo album Americana being released this spring.  

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