Best Of 2010, Guest Editors: Sweet Apple’s Tim Parnin On “The Great Lost Kinks Album”

As 2010 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

sweetapplelogoSweet Apple is more than just a question of Cobra Verde’s John Petkovic and Tim Parnin having some teenage kicks with Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis and Witch’s Dave Sweetapple. It’s the answer to the heartache, grief and depression that led Petkovic to drive from Cleveland to Vermont, where he rediscovered the healing powers of rock ‘n’ roll with some help from his friends. Love & Desperation (Tee Pee) isn’t a fountain of youth, but it’ll do in a pinch: a combination of stomping ’70s arena-rock riffs, Petkovic’s well-honed T Rex swagger and Mascis’ hard-wired guitar leads servicing lurid tales of sex, drugs and vampires. The members of Sweet Apple will be guest editing all week. Read our Q&A with Petkovic.


Parnin: The Great Lost Kinks Album is my favorite Kinks album. It was recorded at the end of the ’60s during the golden Village Green era. It was released without the band’s permission in the early ’70s, then pulled soon after. This unintentional masterpiece plays like a well-conceived album, not the scruffy, fragmented compilation that it is. I find the lyrics and overall tone to be sad, happy, poignant and hysterical all at the same time. I really love misfit anthem “I’m Not Like Everybody Else” and the vulnerable “The Way Love Used To Be.” The Great Lost Kinks Album is a total joy. I listen to it all the time. It’s the Kinks’ best record of the ’70s.