1. Love Gets You

Laurie Lyons & Ray Coughlin.

Laurie Lyons - Lead Vocals, Backup Vocals, Tibetan Singing Bowl
Ray Coughlin - Acoustic 6 and 12 String Guitars, Bass, Drums

Instrument tracks engineered by Ray Coughlin and recorded at The 2-Car Studio, Mukilteo, Wa
Vocal tracks engineered by Ken Fordyce and recorded at Mirror Sound Studio, Shoreline, Wa
Mixdown engineered by Ken Fordyce and recorded and mastered at Mirror Sound Studio, Shoreline,Wa
Produced by Laurie Lyons and Ray Coughlin (Cheers to Dave Davies and his great songwriting!)

Laurie Lyons' MySpace page

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2. Rats

Will Hawthorne. I lived in London for ten years. I miss the excitement and vibrancy of the city now, but not the RATS that Dave captured so perfectly in the lyrics for this song. These are the creatures that push you out of the way on the underground (a natural rat habitat) without a flicker of emotion on their faces. They are all so cold to one another because they have been downtrodden by bigger rats throughout their lives. Listen to Dave. Listen to The Kinks. Get out of the RAT RACE!


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3. Fortis Green

The Spivs. (Warning - These sleeve notes may contain irony)

The Spivs first tried out this song during a trip to Holland for the Dutch Fan Club Konvention back in 2001. We soon realised that it perfectly suited our subtle and sophisticated style and decided to have a crack at recording it. Geoff Lewis recorded the backing track and Geoff Murrell added the lead vocal. Having laid down the foundations of the recording we were galvanised into action and immediately put it on ice for 6 years.

This Dave Davies tribute gave us a reason to resurrect it and we all managed to get together again in February this year where we added Olga's and Geoff Lewis' backing vocals, bombs, sirens, cats and comedians. We hope you enjoy it.

Lead vocals and tambourine : Geoff Murrell
Backing vocals and kiss : Olga Ruocco
Piano, Orchestra, Brass band, Backing vocals : Geoff Lewis
Cheeky Chappie : Max Miller
Hancock's Half Hour : Tony Hancock
Round The Horne : Julian & Sandy
Cat : Tiddles
Siren : ARP
Bombs : Luftwaffe

For more Spivs music and info visit:

myspace.com/itsthespivs and esnips.com/web/The-Spivs

Thanks The Spivs

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4. Strangers

Adam McIntyre.
Adam McIntyre - vocals, bass, guitars
Eric Stroud - drums
Ryan Williams - keyboards


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5. This Man He Weeps Tonight

Craig Bell with Eisenhower Field Day.

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6. Telepathy

John Dunbar. - all instruments and voices. hpunch.com

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7. Lincoln County

Jim Smart

Jim Smart.

Lincoln County is not just one of the best Dave Davies songs, it's one of the best rock alt country songs of all time. I often change the original drastically when I do cover versions of songs, but this one was a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". It was a case of me studying the song to learn its secrets, and then just trying to stay true to Dave and the Kinks.

I played all the instruments, which include my son's wooden train whistle, a steel pedal guitar, and a harmonica I found in Waikiki. I tried to lift the lid off hell and put as much spirit into the recording as I could.

More about me and my songs:

Jim Smart's MySpace page

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8. Flowers in the Rain

The Rafens.

The Rafens are Gunther Verlies and Raf Mostien.

Raf explains: “Finding a name for the KPS project was easy. Dave Davies founded the Ravens who later were to become the Kinks. My name blended in nicely.”

Gunther and I first met at primary school and later at secondary school when Gunther and another friend Marc Van Gelder had formed a punk band called Fragile. The name came from the stickers that you find on packages with breakables and of which we had plenty (stickers). When the band performed, we would put those stickers all over the place to make sure they’d remember the name of the band. I had written some lyrics for them. Later on, I was asked to join them as a bass player. Don’t ask why because I couldn’t play the bass guitar and I didn’t own one either but hey, I could have ended up like JJ Burnell of the Stranglers. However, my mom decided it was better to concentrate on my studies and so, after 1 (or was it 2?) rehearsals I quit the band.

Gunther and Marc raved on with drummer Bruno Bresanutti., brother of Daniel who founded the Front 242, a band pioneering in “electronic body music” that became a cult hit in the US. Gunther had just missed the right train as Daniel was quite fond of him but he had picked the wrong brother to join.


Raf performing for the children
of the local soccer club


Raf with his old Diana (guitar!)

Meanwhile I had finally acquired a smashed up bass guitar which I restored. I started playing with the Greens, a band with a sorry excuse for a name that played covers of the lead blimp and Black Sabbath, but they were all guys from my schooldays in the village where I grew up and moreover, they gave me a chance to write songs for them. Mostly they were bumpy pop songs in a classic early 80’s style that went down a treat at the only gig we managed to squeeze ourselves into. Why didn’t we continue with that band?

By the mid eighties, my short lived musical career was over and I sort of retreated from public life, writing more songs that perhaps someday I would perform. Meanwhile Gunther continued with three consecutive bands: Ugly Duck, the Hands and the ISM where he was rejoined by Marc. link

We somehow lost touch for a while but in the early nineties and with the dawning of the Internet we rediscovered each other.

When I decided to work on a song for the Dave Davies tribute project, Gunther was the obvious helping hand that I needed. I was hoping that Marc would join us too, but his professional duties prevented him from being there. We could have used his guitar and accordion skills though.


Gunther looking cool with his semi


Me, with a cowboy hat? Forget it!

Picking a song was the first tough task. I remember someone writing on the digest that he might perhaps go for an easier song like Flowers in the Rain. Boy, was he wrong. It’s a delicate little gem that doesn’t tolerate much. Doing it like Dave did would seem almost impossible. It takes better musicians I guess and it includes a piano! Both Gunther and I are guitarists (or was it bassists ?) and although we can both lay down a few notes on the piano, learning to play this song well enough for recording purposes would prove to be a huge task within the time at our disposal. We decided to try something completely different.

The recording of Flowers was done on three separate days from 27 December 2006 till 26 January 2007.

After each session, Marc would tell us what was wrong with the recordings and as our wives and children would always claim that the recording was fantastic - in fear of what we would do to them or because they love us too much or simply because they hoped that it would all be over sooner-, Marc was the only beacon that we could we rely upon. Even the final version was subject to strong criticism and Marc was again very right. Still, it was time we handed over the (un) finished product to Jim Smart as we had reached the deadline. We could have done another recording session it would seem, as others hadn’t met the deadline, but I couldn’t move Gunther nor myself to have another go at it, just as we were finally feeling at ease with the recording circumstances. Gunther did a great job between January 26 and February 2, editing and mixing the tracks, including versions with a drum track. He’s a real wiz.

All recordings took place on Gunther’s PC through a Creative Labs Audigy 4 sound card and Cubase. We used acoustic 6-strings only on 4 separate tracks, 3 of which were played on my Takamine EG530SC that gives a marvellous trebly sound but also has great bass potential. Most of the warm acoustic sound got lost in the recording though. For the accordion lines in the chorus we used Gunther’s Yamaha keyboard. The singing was recorded in 2 tracks. There are some more tracks there, on which we won’t comment. In the end, we’re proud to be on the tribute CD with the limited means and skills we have to offer but it's all there because of friendship. We hope you like it!

Rafens website

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9. You Don't Know My Name

The Breetles:
Chris Breetveld - drums, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine, flutes, lead and backing vocals
R. Stevie Moore - lead guitars, backing vocal

Produced & engineered January 2007 by Chris Breetveld at BreetWorld Studios, West Orange, NJ 07052

The Breetles appear courtesy NoFault Records
R. Stevie Moore appears courtesy The R. Stevie Moore Band
official Breetles site
Email: breetles@comcast.net.

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10. There Is No Life Without Love

The Band of Men.

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11. Living on a Thin Line

Paul Mamalou with CJ Marshall, Elwood-James and Todd Kowalski.

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12. Death of a Clown

Quarter Draw Band.

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13. Funny Face

R. Stevie Moore.

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14. I Am Free

The Kinky 2.

Henny Stahli: Vocals & Percussion
Herman Gombert: Guitars & Backing Vocals

Produced & Arranged By Henny Stahli & Herman Gombert
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered By Henny Stahli At “The Suite” - Diemen-Holland January 2007

(*) Guitars used by Herman:
2007 Ovation 1778LX Elite acoustic/electric guitar, Black Cherry Burst
1978 Ovation 1612 Custom Balladeer, acoustic/electric guitar, Tobacco Sunburst
1976 Fender Stratocaster, White

For all clips of “The Kinky2” Live: www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+kinky2

More info? Email: hss@knoware.nl.

When we read about the participation-possibility for the Dave Davies-Tribute-CD, we had a couple of songs we’d liked to do. When we finally made our decision, the songs we thought we could cover were already “taken” by others, so `outsider` “I Am Free” from the ’65 Kontroversy Album became our choice. We have no regrets!

(We’ve recorded the 10 songs on our acoustic Kinks-Tribute-CD, called “The Kinky2” - “The Greatest Hits & More…”, live in a studio. This time, we would change things completely.)

Funny thing is, we, “The Kinky2”, live some 80 km. apart from each other and as time was running out, we decided to NOT rehearse the song “I Am Free” together, but to see what both of us would come up with (Herman: guitars, Henny: vocals and recording techniques), on the day we had to put our rendition together at Henny’s home-studio. We only knew we would repeat the 1st verse at the end, to stretch the song a bit.

That day Herman brought 3 guitars with him: A 2007 “Ovation Elite”, a 1978 “Ovation Custom Balladeer” and a 1976 “Fender Stratocaster”(*). We plugged in and tried a rough, first version straight away. Exciting! Strange experience to have not rehearsed anything together, but on our own. It fitted very well!

So, we decided to stick to it and to put down the 1st guitar-track, while Henny did the rough vocals, as a “guide-line”. The first (guitar-) track to fill the tape is important, ‘cause all other tracks are build round this first one. We used an ADAT 8-track digital tape-recorder.


Herman needed 5 tracks for his guitar playing: 1x Ovation Elite to do the basic structure, situated in the middle of the mix, 1x Ovation Custom Balladeer for the “fill-in” right, and 3x the Fender Stratocaster (= 1x for the “fill-in” left, 1x for some short rhythmic attacks, situated slightly right from the middle and 1x to capture the guitar solo’s, these ones eventually mixed after running through a Digitech guitar-processor, to bring on a sort of “Sitting On My Sofa”-guitar sound). Herman also used 1 track for his backing vocals. So yes, the guitar player used 6 tracks! What a luxury!

We also needed 1 track for the “ride cymbals”, which track eventually was “widened” for a “pseudo” stereo-effect. Last –vacant- track was used later by Henny for the (new) lead vocals. That makes 8! Tape full!

Afterwards Henny did the mixing & mastering, resulting in 4-5 slightly different mixes, we had to choose from.

After a week of listening very carefully, we picked out the version you are now able to listen to on this Dave Davies-Tribute-CD. We are delighted with our version of “I Am Free”, we do hope you’re too…………..

Henny & Herman
(“The Kinky2”)

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15. Rock You, Rock Me

Radio Sneakers.
Dan Lamaich - Vocals
Greg Bach - Keyboards
Curt Birklid - Guitars
Hugh Pastoriza - Bass
Rick Livingston - Drums
Jeff Lamaich - Guitar solo

Produced by Rick Livingston at Rick's Garage, Snohomish,WA.

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16. Wait Until the Summer Comes Along

Erron Geer - Vocal, Guitar And Harmonica.

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17. When You Were a Child

Ron Fowler. There's no band on my track, I played it all - programmed the drums, played the guitars, bass, did the vocals, all on my Zoom MRS-8 digital multitrack recorder. I play Kinks songs in my shows around the Northwest all the time, but usually not Dave's songs - his voice is so much higher than mine, I've probably wrecked my vocal chords a few times trying to sing stuff he does! When You Were a Child is easier than most, although they were a few notes in there that gave me trouble! I think it's a great song about how we lose our sense of wonder and innocence as we grow up. Society beats those qualities out of us. If you keep in touch with that side of yourself, you don't fit in, and you do strange things like become a musician! My songwriting is heavily influenced by the Davies brothers. I can't think of anyone better.

My website is: http://community.webtv.net/lonelysummer/RONFOWLERSLONELY

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18. Je Vroege Jeugd (the Dutch Pub version of Fortis Green)

Kink in de Kabel.

Siem van den Bergh: lead vocals (1st couplet), backing vocals ("La la la", chorus [second voice]), voice over ("The Kinks!" and "Dat was 't. Biertje?"), flask-opener
Dick van Veelen: lead vocals (2nd couplet), backing vocals ("La la la", chorus), acoustic guitar, mouth harp, pat on the cheek
Rob Kopp: lead vocals (3rd couplet), backing vocals ("La la la", chorus), voice over (" 't Is ook altijd hetzelfde liedje!" and "The Kinks!"), electric guitar, bass guitar

Rob Kopp is author of the Kinks booklet 'Down all the days' (1992) and one of the 5 organisers of the Dutch Kinks fan meetings. For Kinks-songs in Dutch he's always using the name 'Kink in de Kabel' (=There's a hitch somewhere). On the KPS-cover-CD DO IT AGAIN you could hear him on his own with Zeer exclusief herenhuis te koop (Most exclusive residence for sale).

Kink in de Kabel

Kink in de Kabel

This time he is accompanied by 2 other members of the (Dutch) Kinks Preservation Society: Siem van den Bergh and Dick van Veelen. Together they're doing Je vroege jeugd (= Your early youth), the Dutch pub-version of 'Fortis Green', according to them the Dave Davies-composition that captures the Kinks-feeling the best. Their Dave-tribute was recorded in Rob's records room on a 4-track cassette-recorder (1 acoustic guitar, 2 electric guitar, 3 bass guitar, 4 all vocals, mouth harp, pat on the cheek, flask-opener). One thing's for sure: on Dutch Kinks-meetings you won't hear "Day-o" anymore, but "La la la"!

Je vroege jeugd (the Dutch pub-version of 'Fortis Green')

music/English song text by Dave Davies-J. Hague
Dutch song text by Rob Kopp
(some words by Siem van den Bergh-Dick van Veelen)

Kink in de Kabel

Kink in de Kabel

La la la, la la la la la la la la
La la la, la la la la la la la la

Mam was altijd kwaad als pappa had gezopen
Als ze vroeg waar hij geweest was zei die "Effe 'n biertje kopen"
Hij mopperde nog wat, maar bedoelde er niets mee ('t Is ook altijd hetzelfde liedje)

Zondagmorgen ritjes maken, niets was hem te dol
We reden naar het bos of strand en hadden altijd lol
Met je opgerolde pijpen pootjebaden in de zee

Wand'len bij de zee en wat dromen over een meisje
Bakken in de zon tot je bruin zag, dan een ijsje

Je vroege jeugd, tienertijd, mooie jaren van weleer
Maar het blijft bij een herinnering, die tijd die komt nooit meer

Oma met haar sprookje, hetzelfde elke keer
Je kende het verhaal, toch schrok je telkens weer
Er was niet veel te doen, maar ieder weekend was het feest

Dan dronk je een paar biertjes en je zong het laatste lied
van een Engels bandje met de Kinks als favoriet
Zo goed als die toen waren is een ander nooit geweest

'k Verlang soms best terug naar die goeie ouwe tijden
'k Zat op opa's knie of op zijn rug paardje te rijden

Je vroege jeugd, tienertijd, mooie jaren van weleer
Maar het blijft bij een herinnering, die tijd die komt nooit meer

Je vroege jeugd, tienertijd, toen je een jochie was
Kattekwaad of voetballen met jongens uit je klas

La la la, la la la la la la la la
La la la, la la la la la la la la

Je zusje staat te vrijen met haar vriendje in de gang
Bang dat je ze snapt bij een kusje op haar wang
Je had niets gezien voor een daalder of een riks

Zelf zat je met je meisje op een ouwe keukenstoel
De jongens altijd heet, de meiden altijd koel
Je wilde telkens meer, maar meestal kreeg je niks

Zaterdag's zat je aan de radio gekluisterd
Veronica Top Veertig is waar je naar luistert

Je vroege jeugd, tienertijd, mooie jaren van weleer
Maar het blijft bij een herinnering, die tijd die komt nooit meer

Je vroege jeugd, tienertijd, toen je een jochie was
Kattekwaad of voetballen met jongens uit je klas

La la la, la la la la la la la la
La la la, la la la la la la la la

(Dat was 't. Biertje?)

Your early youth (the Dutch pub-version of 'Fortis Green')
(English translation of the Dutch song text)

La la la, la la la la la la la la
La la la, la la la la la la la la

Mum was always angry when dad had been boozing
When she asked where he had been he said "Just bought a beer"
He grumbled a little bit, but didn't mean no harm (It's always the same old song)

Sunday morning drives, nothing was too crazy for him
We drove to the wood or beach and were always having fun
Paddling in the sea with your rolled up trouser legs

Walking by the sea and dream a little about a girl
Baking in the sun until you were brown, then an ice cream

Your early youth, teen-ager time, beautiful years of old
But it can only be a memory, that time will never come again

Grandma with her fairy tale, the same one every time
You knew the story, yet you were scared again and again
You couldn't do very much, but every weekend it was party time

Then you were drinking a couple of beers and you were singing the latest song
of an English band with The Kinks as favourite
As good as they were at that time, no one has ever sounded better

Sometimes I do long for those good old times
I was sitting on grandpa's knee or horse riding on his back

Your early youth, teen-ager time, beautiful years of old
But it can only be a memory, that time will never come again

Your early youth, teen-ager time, when you were just a kid
Naughty tricks or playing football with boys from your class

La la la, la la la la la la la la
La la la, la la la la la la la la

Fortis Green

Je Vroege Jeugd

Your sister is cuddling with her boyfriend in the corridor
Afraid that you'll catch them with a kiss on her cheek
You hadn't seen anything for 1½ or 2½ guilder

You yourself were sitting on an old kitchen chair with your girlfriend
The boys always hot, the girls always cool
You wanted more and more, but mostly you got nothing

On Saturdays you were glued to the radio
Veronica's Top Forty is what you are listening to

Your early youth, teen-ager time, beautiful years of old
But it can only be a memory, that time will never come again

Your early youth, teen-ager time, when you were just a kid
Naughty tricks or playing football with boys from your class

La la la, la la la la la la la la
La la la, la la la la la la la la

(That's it. A beer?)

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19. Strangers

Crimson Tears.

John Kanavy - Vocals
Larry Moss - Bass and vocals
Jami Novak - Drums
Robbie Walsh - Guitars - Former guitar player for The Noel Redding Band and Chubby Checker's Band...Played with Ian Anderson during the "Rubbing Elbows" tour of 2003.

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20. Susannah's Still Alive

Well Respected Max & The Art Lovers.

At the former KPS-projects we contributed as The Survivors (a trio at these times). In the last few years we made sporadic live recordings from our now extended band 'Well Respected Max & The Art Lovers'. We play strictly Kinks and of course Dave songs. We are a six-man band and I think you know most of the members: Vocals - Well Respected Max, Drums - Wonderboy, Guitar - Johnny Thunder and Matt Grissini (Who's that?), Bass and Keyboards - Skin & Bones (in reality father and son).

Our "Susannah's Still Alive" was performed live at the 'Adlberger Inn Rocknight 2005' in Erding, Bavaria. This recording was not well balanced and far away from being perfect, but that's live. Nevertheless we hope you enjoy the song.

Cheers and God Save The Kinks and Dave Davies,
Helmut (aka Johnny Thunder)

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21. Rock and Roll Cities

Mitch Friedman.
Shortly after Jim Smart announced this tribute project, I stumbled across a dusty, 78rpm record with a barely readable label in my local thrift shop. The few words I could make out were "Rock and Roll Cit", "1943", and "Louis Jor". Intrigued, I paid the lady 25 cents and brought it home. Could this really be what I think it is? Who's foolin' who?

Here's my attempt to transcribe the lyrics to this curiosity . . .

Rock 'n' roll cities, look out, here we come
From Buffalo to San Diego
Rock 'n' roll cities, look out for our bus
Anybody know the way to Idaho?

Well it's good to be back
Had some trouble on the way
Never thought we'd get here
Made it just the same
The ride down was real rough
so hand me a beer
I see those pretty, pretty girls
getting younger every year

Rock 'n' roll cities, look out, comin' through
90 miles an hour on Interstate 1
Rock 'n' roll cities, watch out, comin' through
Who was that girl in Madison?

Are we on their playlist?
It's anybody's guess
But what's it matter when you're out on the town
Rock 'n' roll cities, with pizza to go
Rock 'n' roll cities, Philadelphia P.A.

Promo for Westinghouse on live radio
This itinerary's anything but swell
Does the next hotel have hi-fi as well?
Wake with a headache, but sing through the pain
and we get done start all over again

Rock 'n' roll cities, look out, coming through
Kansas City, Fresno, San Diego
Rock 'n' roll cities, look out, here we come
Richmond, Cleveland, Ohio, Nebraska, St. Paul
Rock 'n' roll cities, look out, here we come
From New York State to New Mexico
Rock 'n' roll cities, look out for our bus
Is this the road to Toledo?

Greyhound Bus 62 now leaving for Cleveland. Stopping at Boston
Miami, Memphis, Seattle, Schenectady, Pittsburgh, Tuscaloosa,
Kalamazoo, Weehawken and Cleveland. All aboard!

Rock 'n' roll cities, look out, here we come
100 miles an hour on Route 66
Rock 'n' roll ladies, watch out, here we come
How do we get to Phoenix?

Rock 'n' roll cities
Look out!
Here we come!


Mitch Friedman
(p.s. Daryl Bean: saxophone/ Mitch Friedman: the rest)

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