The Real Ray
More than 40 years into his storied career, Kinks frontman Ray Davies this week unveils his first solo album, "Other People's Lives," via V2 Records.More than 40 years into his storied career, Kinks frontman Ray Davies this week unveils his first solo album, "Other People's Lives," via V2 Records. The project has been in the works since the late '90s and was originally intended for release via Capitol, which cut ties with the artist in the middle of the songwriting process.
A number of the songs here were inspired by Davies' stint living in New Orleans, where in January 2004 he was shot in the leg and seriously injured while chasing a burglar who had stolen his girlfriend's purse. "The first words on the album are 'Things are gonna change, this is the morning after,'" Davies says. "This indicates that I'm going to do things differently from now on."
On that tune, "the character's singing about making changes like most drunks promise after a long night," he says. "In my case this particular 'hangover' was more to do with life and career change."
Elsewhere, Davies draws inspiration from American tradition on "Thanksgiving Day." He reports, "What struck me was that it was more like the family Christmas I enjoyed as a child growing up in London." The artist will tour extensively in support of "Other People's Lives" this spring and summer.