Friday, June 25, 2010

regarding Peter Quaife.

Former Kinks bassist Peter Quaife passed away this week. A founding member of the legendary rock group, Quaife started on guitar before switching over to bass. While arguably less known than the Davies brothers Ray and Dave, Quaife fleshed out some of The Kinks’ propulsive early work like “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night.” He stayed with the group up through 1969 before settling for a calmer life as a graphic designer and political cartoonist in Ontario and, near the end of his life, Denmark. Considering his last Kinks album was The Village Green Preservation Society, he picked as good a time as any to bow out.

While the cause of his death is still unconfirmed, Quaife had been on dialysis for years, so make your own assumptions. Me, I’m gonna spin Something Else. Based on the video below (and the bio from Well Respected Kinks), Quaife seemed like a nice, affable guy. Got out of the rock ‘n’ roll game when he got sick of it, but never lost his enthusiasm for the music.

I think my favorite part about this video is that they make Quaife play “Lola,” even though he’d left the band before that song was written.

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