It’s easy to imagine the confusion with which this manifesto for the defence of the status quo was received. The world was in turmoil and the pose of the Street Fighting Man, turned on, rebellious and politically aware, was far sexier than the quaint homebody image the Kinks present here. The title track finds Ray Davies proudly declaring himself a preservationist of custard pies, vaudeville, and such comic book characters as Desperate Dan. However, these slices of suburban life have weathered a lot better than most of their contemporaries.
However, these slices of suburban life have weathered a lot better than most of their contemporaries.. The overarching theme of VILLAGE GREEN is that of unalloyed nostalgia–it’s only today, now that many of the things Davies feared would disappear have actually vanished, that the truth and clarity of his vision is apparent.
The Kinks – Phenomenal Cat