Kinks, Konkers and Kids in Kasualty

Autumn. The nights are drawing in and the curtains are drawing shut. The heating comes on a bit earlier than normal and stays on that wee bit longer. You can smell winter coming in the air. The leaves are turning red and yellow. Conkers are on the ground and in the playground. Kids are off to the medical room for a good dose of TCP and a telling off. It’s round about now that I like to dig out ‘Autumn Almanac’ by The Kinks, a song that so perfectly sums up this time of year. You don’t even have to be quintessentially English to appreciate lines such as, “I like my football on a Saturday, roast beef on Sundays, alright! I go to Blackpool for my holidays, sit in the open sunlight.” No doubt about it, it’s one of my all-time top 5 favourite songs ever. Just behind ‘There She Goes’ by The La’s and just ahead of ‘Ally’s Tartan Army’ by the Scotland World Cup Squad 1978. Lee Mavers once lectured me on the brilliance of Autumn Almanac and Waterloo Sunset for a good 10 minutes, but that’s for another time. “I wish I’d written Waterloo Sunset,” is one of the things he said.

Autumn Almanac

David Watts
Sunny Afternoon
Susannah’s Still Alive

Mr Pleasant


My computer’s playing silly buggers. Can’t get the spacing to work out. You don’t mind? Recorded for Top Gear on October 25th 1967 in BBC Maida Vale Studio 4 and broadcast 4 days later, the above 5 tracks are taken from a well-known Kinks bootleg called ‘The Songs We Sang For Auntie’, a 3 CD set that compiles most of (or all?) the unreleased BBC session stuff from 1964-1994. A must-have for any fan of a band who were matched only by The Beatles in terms of high quality output. But that’s just my opinion.


The voice between tracks is Brian Matthews (I think), who still presents the Sounds of the 60s show on Radio 2 every Saturday morning. The time really is ripe for a Kinks re-appraisal. The single version of Autumn Almanac was recorded in September 67 and released 3 weeks later. No great strategic marketing campaign with focus groups, target audiences and avoidance of any other big act’s single being released at the same time. Get in the studio, cut the record, release the record. Times being simpler then, Autumn Almanac climbed to either number 3 or number 5 on the charts, depending on which music paper you were reading. But ask anyone to name 3 Kinks singles and it’d be unlikely Autumn Almanac would feature in too many lists. It’s an under appreciated stone cold classic. Just ask Lee Mavers.

Yes, yes, yes! It’s my Autumn Almanyac!


4 thoughts on “Kinks, Konkers and Kids in Kasualty”

  1. hi, love the website, im also a fully fledged member of the lee mavers fanclub i have to admit

    funny what you said about lee liking waterloo sunset, as a kid, when i was about 9 or 10, my two favourite songs in the world were waterloo sunset and there she goes, before i was even into music and bands etc,

    them two songs, i always thought they were cut from the same cloth,

    in the same way that for some reason i think “was it something i said” fell from the same cloud as early bob marley songs like “caution”, “reaction”, and “soul rebel”

    anyway back to the la’s/kinks links, my first album was a kinks greatest hits that my dad bought me and youve just encourage me to dig it out and give it about 3 repeat listens tonight, of course the second album i ever owned was the la’s, bought purely for there she goes, and didnt really appreciate the brilliance of the rest of the album untill a couple of years later

    as for marley, the pre island recordings mightent be a bad idea for a posting as most people only really know the stuff from “catch a fire” onwards,

    drop me a mail if you want and i can email you over a few of the best bits, they have the sound that i wish the la’s had captured in studio (caution, soul rebel, reaction, would be my picks of the bunch)

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