Monday, 10 August 2009
The Sights of London
“There is wealth in mighty London. There is poverty as well. They go hand in hand together ...” Down into the Marylebone Road. ‘Round the corner to Madame Tussauds. Mentioned as one of the places to go in Arthur Lennard’s The Sights of London, which starts off like the TVPs’ Smashing Time describing what to do if you come down to the capital for the day. But the old music hall number, pre-WW1, takes a couple of crafty diversions en route, heading off into a nice bit of social commentary about some of the less appealing sights you might see. It’s a bit of a Kinks cliché to cite the music hall influence on Ray Davies’ writing but in numbers like this you can see the connection.