2021 Song Draft- Round 2 Pick 12: Hanspostcard Selects- ‘Waterloo Sunset’ – The Kinks.
Rock critic Robert Christgau has called it ‘the most beautiful song in the English language’, Pete Townshend of The Who has called it ‘divine’ and ‘a masterpiece’, rock critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine has called it ‘possibly the most beautiful song of the rock and roll era.’ Rolling Stone Magazine in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list has it at #42 which is far too low! I also know that this is a song that both Mrs. Postcard and I agree on. If we made our Top 10 songs list- most likely ‘Waterloo Sunset’ would be the only song to make both of our lists. I remember one time in a long car trip we played this song ten times in a row.
Ray Davies the front man and main songwriter for The Kinks- is one of my favorite songwriters- and perhaps the greatest at writing songs from his observations. This song was inspired by watching two lovers passing over a bridge. the two who inspired this song were actors Terence Stamp and Julie Christie- supposedly- Davies denies that- and says it was inspired by his sister going off with her boyfriend and emigrating to another country. Either way who cares what inspired it- it was a great inspiration he had- made into a wonderful song. Davies has said that the song was originally called ‘Liverpool Sunset’ -that Liverpool is his favorite city and that The Kinks always got the best response in concerts from the Liverpool audiences. Ray Davies performed ‘Waterlou Sunset’ at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics.
As a single back in 1967 it reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart.