Back when I was a young whippersnapper—shortly after Noah and the Flood, in Rick Perry’s account—I was a huge fan of Ray Davies and the Kinks, going back to the early days of the British Invasion. The group became more of a cult favorite after a few years, but I hung with them, and even got to meet and interview Ray a couple of times for my old magazine Crawdaddy.
Now it strikes me that in the 1960s and early 1970s they recorded at least three classic songs, only one of them well-known (“Sunny Afternoon”), that portray today’s economic situation and alleged “class war” in the USA. So here they are.
First, representing the plight of the poor and working class:
Then, the rich, worried about losing their yacht and all they got:
And finally, “Money and Corruption,” where “crooked politicians betray the working man.” Promises, promises,“all we get are promises.”