“I love Hank Williams Sr., but I also love Ray Davies,” said Cutler. “It all comes down to the whole force and scope of American music, and that obviously comes down to rock ‘n’ roll. But I also loved British rock ‘n’ roll, and have been very influenced by that. It’s not so much that my music fits in Americana, as that it has other things in it also. I tend to think my music is a pretty personal style, and my next record will be a solo record, which will be even more personal.” – MARK CUTLER
RAY DAVIES TALKS TO JONATHAN COTT ABOUT “SEE MY FRIENDS”
“See My Friends” moves from those chords to something closer to an Indian drone.
I got that idea from being in India. I always like the chanting. Someone once said to me “England is gray and India is like a chant.” I don’t think England is that gray, but India is like a long drone. When I wrote the song, I had the sea near Bombay in mind. We stayed at a hotel by the sea, and the fishermen came up at five in the morning and they were all chanting. And we went on the beach and we got chased by a mad dog – big as a donkey.
It sounded as if you were singing about an English river.
I think it was the Indian Ocean.
MORE RAY CLIPS
Rolling Stone: How did “The Village Green Preservation Society” come about?
Ray Davies: Three years ago I wanted it to be “Under Milk Wood,” something like that, but I never got the chance to do it because we had to make albums.
Songs like “Sunny Afternoon” alluded to the downside of the rock-star lifestyle before that was common.
What amazed me are things on [1966 album] “Face to Face,” like “Too Much on My Mind” and “Fancy,” which internalized the surprise of being famous at 21 or 22. Songs like that were written by somebody looking inward for a way to express emotions that I thought only I had. You’ve got the hard attitude of the person of “All Day and All of the Night,” then you’ve got this sensitive, delicate, jelly-like person wobbling around the world.
Wall Street Journal interview