We have already suggested a number of movies and series to help you pass the time during the pandemic. But what about some of that ole devil’s music?

We include the below albums on the list either because they are underappreciated, obscure, monumental, all of the above — or just because we fancy so. Our goal is to provide you with escapism and spread the word for the below inclusions. A caveat: We are talking sweat, spit, and misplayed notes here. So only rock and roll — whatever that means.



The Kinks are nowadays mostly known for their early 60s maverick hit-single punches You Really Got Me and All Day And All Of The Night. Yet, towards the end of the 60s, their albums blazed a wide artistic trail and it was Face to Face that lit the first conflagration.

The public scorned it and, besides its lead single Sunny Afternoon, it failed to create any waves. Nevertheless, Face to Face presents a richness of expression and variety that no other contemporary band, besides the Beatles, could muster. The feat becomes all the more impressive since most of the album’s songs were written by one person, lead singer and chief disdainer Ray Davies.

The album waltzes effortlessly through social satire, nostalgia, and rural England, while berating taxation (of course) and frowning upon modernity and globalism.

In ’66, the music world was looking outwards and forward. The Kinks in looking inwards and backward produced a masterpiece. Albion, your progeny didn’t fail you. If you want to understand Brexit you should start here.