Friday, June 25, 2010

RIP Pete Quaife

As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in Paradise

Pete Quaife, bassist and founding member of the Kinks, died in Denmark at age 66.

He left the band after recording The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, which means he never got to experience their brief 1980s superstardom and subsequent arena tours all over the world.

Guess we'll have to settle for him being part of a signature sound.

And singing background vocals on "Waterloo Sunset," which may be the best song the Kinks ever recorded.

Here's a nice remembrance of Pete.

And here's where Terry meets Julie, but it's the sha-la-las that always get to me.


Anonymous said...


Would have loved to see the original Kinks.

Holly A Hughes said...

A great, underrated musician -- along with Dave Davies' grating power chords, that booming bass was essential to the early Kinks' unique sound. He will be missed.