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"Didn't they have a song about the Crystal Palace?"

The Crystal Palace was originally erected in Hyde Park, central London to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was later moved to Sydenham, south London where it remained until it burnt down in 1936. The area is still called Crystal Palace, but in the park all that remains are a few foundation stones.

The Davies brothers were born in Muswell Hill, N. London, where there was indeed a 'palais', a dance hall and music venue which I believe inspired their 1983 trans-Atlantic hit, 'Come Dancing' :

They put a parking lot on a piece of land
When the supermarket used to stand.
Before that they put up a bowling alley
On the site that used to be the local palais.
Thats where the big bands used to come and play.
My sister went there on a saturday.

Come dancing,
All her boyfriends used to come and call.
Why not come dancing, its only natural?

Another saturday, another date.
She would be ready but shes always make them wait.
In the hallway, in anticipation,
He didnt know the night would end up in frustration.
Hed end up blowing all his wages for the week
All for a cuddle and a peck on the cheek.

Come dancing,
Thats how they did it when I was just a kid,
And when they said come dancing,
My sister always did.

My sister should have come in a midnight,
And my mum would always sit up and wait.
It always ended up in a big row
When my sister used to get home late.

Out of my window I can see them in the moonlight,
Two silhouettes saying goodnight by the garden gate.

The day they knocked down the palais
My sister stood and cried.
The day they knocked down the palais
Part of my childhood died, just died.

Now Im grown up and playing in a band,
And theres a car park where the palais used to stand.
My sisters married and she lives on an estate.
Her daughters go out, now its her turn to wait.
She knows they get away with things she never could,
But if I asked her I wonder if she would,

Come dancing,
Come on sister, have yourself a ball.
Dont be afraid to come dancing,
Its only natural.

Come dancing,
Just like the palais on a saturday.
And all her friends will come dancing
Where the big bands used to play.
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I recall that tune and was struck by its "fluffiness". It was a clear signal that the Joplinesque alcoholic, tortured-artist Davies was finally mellowing...

All-time favorite Kinks song is probably Celluloid Heroes, album -- Sleepwalker.

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Thank you, that's the one!! I LOOOVE London, my mother was born in Highgate, only been to London twice,, and I'd gladly live there, wasn't it Dr Johnson or someone who said, If you are tired of London then you are tired of life?

A few songs referencing it....

Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty
Sunny Goodge Street, Donovan
London Calling, The Clash
West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
London Belongs to Me, St. Etienne
London School of Economics , Acid House Kings
Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon
Guns of Brixton, The Clash
Dark Streets of London, The Pogues
A Bomb in Wardour Street, The Jam
East End, Cockney Rejects
Down to London, Joe Jackson
I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea, Elvis Costello
London Boys, The Go Gos
England Swings, Roger Miller
London Tonight, Collapsed Lung
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight , Jam
Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits
Soho Square, Kirsty Mac Coll
London, The Smiths
Streets of London, Ralph Mc Tell
Last train to London, ELO

I'm sure you can add to the list, there must be more
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You are welcome. I used to live in California and I'm ready to swap back with you!
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A Foggy Day In London Town.

Fuck California and Roger Miller.

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One of my faves, not on your list, 'Up the junction' by Squeeze, which references Clapham Junction railway station, also in S. London and reported to be the busiest rail terminal in Europe.

Squeeze were really popular with my crew when I was at school and I later became acquainted with Jools Holland (one of the founding members) when my daughters and his little girl attended the same school in Blackheath.

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Ray Davies, what a song writer (poet). You really got me and All Day and all of the Night sound great, but are pretty much the same song.
Celluloid Heroes is brilliant, and Waterloo Sunset is an amazing and enduring tune. I was always partial to 'Death of a Clown.' The feel reminds me of Edith Piaf's Milord.
If you don't have it, check out the (mostly) 98 live album 'Storyteller'. Great tour and album.

A few years back (before his stroke), I was at Dave Davies birthday party at a club on the Santa Monica pier. Bunch of good old boys / US and Expat musicians and some great impromptu performances.
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