"A MISCHIEVOUS CHAP"
Ray Davies remembers Bowie
“I knew David at the very beginning and then bumped into him along the way,” says Davies of Bowie who covered The Kinks’ Where Have All The Good Times Gone on 1973’ s Pin Ups. Thirty years later Davies joined Bowie onstage for a 2003 Tibet benefit concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. “We played Waterloo Sunset. We took a verse each, and a bridge, but we said, ‘How shall we do this?’ After a long discussion we decided we’d impersonate one another. I also had this mad idea of doing a musical about Dirk Bogarde, with David as Dirk, but we never got round to it. I think he’d have been great.” The pair went on to become “quite good email friends” while, prior to his death, Bowie wrote the sleevenotes to the 2014 compilation The Essential Kinks. “I always feel David could have collaborated more,” mourns Davies. “You listen to ‘Heroes’, he had such a great feel for music. And a mischievous chap. [ Smiles] He really was.”
They could be heroes: Davies with David Bowie, New York, 2003.