Ray Davies mourning Brexit by debuting unreleased Kinks track

Ray Davies is marking Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) by releasing a rare The Kinks song last heard at a 1973 event celebrating the U.K. joining.
The recently reunited band are reissuing a 50th anniversary edition of their seminal 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society in October (18). Included on the album and released as a new single will be the track Time Song – which they debuted at a concert celebrating the entry of Britain into the European Economic Community, or ‘Common Market’ – the precursor to the EU.
Ray decided to return to the track and mix it for release to mark the U.K. leaving the EU, dubbed ‘Brexit’, next year (19), the singer explained in a press release.
“When we played a concert at Drury Lane in ’73 to ‘celebrate’ us (being) about to join what was called the Common Market, I decided to use the song as a warning that time was running out for the old British Empire,” he explained. “This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on (the band’s next record) the Preservation Act I album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed.”
In an interview with The Guardian last year, the rock legend expressed his fear Brexit might cause a “war or huge crisis” and added: We’re reassessing our culture, our sensibilities, the way we react to other cultures. It’s an imploding culture.”
Deluxe boxset and CD editions of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society are available from 26 October (18).