Why have the Kinks fallen through the collective concious? Okay, they really only have had two or three big "Hits" [You Really Got me, Lola, Destroyer "Met a girl called Lola and I took her back to my place... 1983?, Come Dancing, Living on a Thin Line] and they never really had a big album [even the Who can claim a handful of big albums, some of them even vital to rock and roll 1967-1973 [Sell Out, Live at Leeds, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, even the Tommy, if you must]. They were distinctly British in a way no other band has ever been since the Sex Pistols. But pick up a copy of The Kinks Kronikles and see what you've forgotten or quite possibly never known.
Before I go into this, I will admit KK cover a period just after the band's initial singles and it misses many of the best of the Kinks early and best songs, notably: Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Set Me Free, A Well Respected Man, You Really Got Me [and its upside down cousin All Day and All of the Night] and Tired of Waiting.
HOWEVER, KK does cover a periood from oh 1966/67 to about 1972, just following the explosion of "I know what I am and what I am is a man and so is Lola." And fitted very nicely in here are some of the best, most underappreciated songs that will ever grace your ears. Kicking off with Victoria [recently covered by Cracker] and the ever so British The Villiage Green Preservation Society down to the sweet Waterloo Sunset and Days, the shouters Dead End Street and Autumn Almanac, the truly briiliant Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon, Dave's underappreciated Death of a Clown, Berkely Mews, AND the run of Wonderboy, Apeman, King Kong and Mr Pleasant, PLUS the snearing She's got Everything... what a fine fine collection to lay on yourself.
To be fair, there are some misses in there, like Holiday in Waikiki and Wilesden Green and God's Children... and Arthur is missing...but the joys far far outweigh any clunkers, it's not even funny.