“I’ve always been brought up to think of myself as a faceless individual,” said Ray Davies midway through his show at The Egg and just before playing “20th Century Man,” his 1971 Kinks song that laments the alienation of modern life.
It was a striking statement. You don’t expect to hear such self-effacing words from an elder statesman of rock and roll – and author of more brilliantly unique songs than just about any musical artist alive.
But, then again, who else but Ray Davies would say that? So many of his songs capture the bittersweet, and oftentimes very British, existence of ordinary life – the frustrations and joys of everyday people.