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Ray Davies Doesn’t Speak to Pete Townshend, or His Other Peers

"I think we listen to one another’s work," Davies said of the Who leader and songwriter.

By Brian Ives 

“I don’t have many friends,” former Kinks leader Ray Davies said in a recent interview with England’s Newstatesman. “I love people but when it comes to friendships, I . . . not back off, exactly, but would rather observe than interact.” While that may be partially why he’s such a celebrated songwriter, it also speaks to his reclusiveness. And, it seems that he rarely compares notes with other artists from his generation.

Related: More Kinks Drama: Dave Davies’ Letter to Rolling Stone Over ‘You Really Got Me’

In the interview, he references Ron Wood — the Rolling Stones’ guitarist since 1976 — as “the guitarist from the Faces,” who broke up in 1975. He also discusses some of his other peers: “I hated the lifestyle of Paul McCartney. I didn’t want to be like Elton John or Rod Stewart.” He added, “There’s only one person who’s more insecure than I am, and his name is Pete Townshend.”

If he’s right about that, the interview may add to Townshend’s alleged insecurity: “When I did have a meaningful chat with Pete, he said, ‘We never talk.’ And I said, ‘Why start now?'”

However, he also said, ““There is a mutual telepathy,” between the two. “I think we listen to one another’s work.”

Ray Davies’ solo album, Americana, is due out April 21.

 

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