“Sunny Afternoon” – The Kinks

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Another stroke of genius from the Kinks. At face value, this song could be taken as the lament of a rich man bitching about “mo’ money, mo’ problems.” But Ray Davies and the gang have always been a bit more complex than that. Granted, Davies has never shied away from being the contrarian and the lyrics of this song could represent his genuine disgust over having to pay taxes. But he’s such an ironic bastard, he could be laughing at the rich man bitching about his taxes. Confuse and conquer is not a bad motto for an artist on the make. You decide.