Kesha Is A “Woman!” “K” Songs Roar With The Kinks! Kings Of Convenience! A “Kiss” From Hall & Oates!


Kesha Roars With Songs From The Letter “K”!

Most of my “music A-Z” lists focus on classic music I have listened to for decades…but there are also incredible new music to share as well – such as my “K” list proves with Kesha!

We’ll get to her in a minute, but let’s begin with a beautiful ballad that’s part of a “weather trilogy:”


The Kinks – “Stormy Sky”

As lead singer Ray Davies says on this live TV appearance in England, this is another “weather song”, like “Waterloo Sunset” and “Sunny Afternoon”…with beautifully composed lyrics:

Here is the live version of this absolutely gorgeous song from 1977’s Old Grey Whistle Test program!

The Kinks are known for a number of classic rock songs, but this is one of my favorite songs…now, time to get modern with an anthem of all women!

Kesha – “Woman” featuring The Dap-King Horns

My wife Alex got me hooked on this powerful anthem, with terrific “empowered women” lyrics!

“I’m a mother-fucking woman! Baby all right!
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight!”

Here is the great music video:

The song has a great, driving beat and the lyrics are terrific:

“Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”

Kesha is a great singer/songwriter, and this is one of her best. Now, time to look to the group who defined the phrase:


“Quiet Is The New Loud”

Kings Of Convenience – “Toxic Girl”

Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe are the folk-rock duo from Norway. They have an early Simon and Garfunkel sound, and had a big hit in 2001 with “Toxic Girl.”

Their first album was appropriately called “Quiet Is The New Loud”, and they are a terrific duo of alt folk…their biggest hit was this song:

The duo continue to release music – not on a consistent basis, but if you have the chance, check them out for great mellow music!

Now, back to one of music’s most eclectic bands, as evidenced by this early shot of them performing live in a very unique manner:

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 20: L-R: Peter Quaife, Mick Avory, Dave Davies, Ray Davies of the rock group “The Kinks” perform on the “Shindig!” television show on January 20, 1965 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Kinks – “Around The Dial”

The Kinks exploded on the music scene in the 60’s with their iconic hit “You Really Got Me”, and of course the transvestite classic “Lola”, but in the 80’s they released this great song about a missing DJ!

“FM Am Where Are You?
You Gotta Be Out There Somewhere
Around The Dial”

This great live version is from the terrific album “Give The People What They Want”:

The Kinks had a string of great albums in the 80’s, always worth a look back!

Finally, I finish my list of “K” music with one of my favorites:

“Kiss On My List” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

They had great hits in the 1970’s like “She’s Gone” and “Sara Smile”, then a bit of a break from the top of the charts. That all changed in 1980 with this smash hit, performed live:

This launched them into super stardom, the biggest selling duo of all time…and if you haven’t seen this, Jimmy Fallon helped Daryl Hall perform their biggest hits:

See that terrific clip here:

https://johnrieber.com/2017/11/30/jimmy-fallons-terrific-hall-and-oates-tribute-with-daryl-halls-help/

Hope you enjoyed this music with a “K”!



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7 replies

  1. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    Here are some “Songs For Sunday” – all in the key of “K”!

  2. The Kinks are amazing and underrated.

    • Thanks, I agree. I could have used bigger hits from them – obviously they had a good run in the late 70’s and early 80’s as well, but these two really resonate with me – thanks for the comment!

  3. That’s quite a list! On a more mellow note, my entry for K is the great Carole King. I love all the songs on Tapestry, which if I remember correctly, you own. πŸ™‚ Maybe you’re saving her for the letter ‘T’!

  4. ‘Waterloo Sunset’ is a great London anthem indeed, and timeless. I didn’t know the Country singer, but she’s certainly a blonde bombshell! I also featured the Kinks on my A-z, but my top choice for ‘K’ was the sublime Steely Dan, with ‘Kid Charlemagne’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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