Frank from Montvale, NjAccording to Ray the character dan the fan in this song was written about me, not the whole song but just the character dan the fan because in 1978 when that song was written I already had been to approximetely 125 plus kinks shows and have gone on to see about 150 to 175 more since, plus close to 200 solo Ray and Dave shows combined. - The Montvale, New Jersey Hillbilly Boy aka Dan the Fan in KinKdom ( Frank Lima )
Markshark from Denver, CoDear Ryder- I was saddened to read your bigoted comments about "it?s much more thoughtful and deep than their earlier stuff". Apparently you have perhaps been exposed to only the Kinks' top-40 staples... In fact, Ray Davies' songwriting has always been far more philosophical and of a much more demonstrated emotional depth than his peers during any period you care to study. I suggest pulling your head out of top-40 rotation, and delving into Arthur, or The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, among several others... You are mistaken to form your judgement from only the pop pap, which Davies also has done exceptionally well with.
And to Greg: THANKS ffor the book tip, I'll track one down!
Jim from Long Beach, CaGreat song. I can remember this song on the radio at the time.
R.h. from Pauls Valley, OkI agree with Gina from Paradise Valley. This song is about Dave Davies wanting to quit the band because he was basically tired of it all. "Dan is a fan; he's seen our shows; he's seen us low and he's seen us high". This refers to the loyal fans of The Kinks who supported them over all the years; the good and the bad. Just like Dead Heads. Thank you, Gina.
Sucrepop from Le Pre Saint Gervais, FranceJust love this song. We've made a cover of it, listenable here
Jimbo from Sequim, WaRay always writes real stories about believable characters and that's why his songs always grab me. Like so many of his other great songs this one comes straight from the heart and that's why its a personal favorite.
Kim from Go Ask Alicewhat instruments are used in this song
Ryder from Patricksburg, InThis song makes me come close to crying whenever I hear it. It so beautiful; it?s much more thoughtful and deep than their earlier stuff.
Greg from Alsip, IlIn Ray's Waterloo Sunset book he goes into great detail about Dan, who is an obsessive rock music fan who is ready to kill himself. He turns on his radio to listen to one last song before he dies, that is when he hears the news about Elvis dying, thus rock and roll saves his life. A must read for fans of the Kinks as well as literature.
Jim from St Louis, MoWhat a great song....just more proof that Ray Davies is one of the greatest writers ever in Rock Music.
Johnny from Los Angeles, CaHow did this get in the top 10? and I find this a lot better then Bad Company's "Rock n roll fantasy" Just says something about me I guess.
Gina from Paradise Valley, AzThis song is awesome. It seems to me that Ray is singing to his brother...about not breaking up the band and realizing how many people love their music, almost depend on it.
Paige from Derry, NhI can relate so closely to this song. I love it so much.
Guillermo from Celaya, Mexico "Rock and roll Fantasy" deals about a Rock music fan named Dan, who listen records all day. But is too a statement about the end of "The Rock and Roll era" with the death of the king Elvis, and the surge of the Punk Rock Movement with it's "back to basics" formula. The circle was finished. These facts ocurred in 1977, the year the song was written and recorded.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."