The Kinks – “Phenomenal Cat” from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 
The Kinks truly deserve the high praise that they have recieved on this blog. They are a really great band. And Village Green… is a stellar album. Except for this song, which is just awful. Seriously, what is this “Fum fum diddle-um di” stuff? Are we in the Merry Old Land of Oz? No.
The volume in the 33&1/3 series devoted to this album says that “Phenomenal Cat” and “Wicked Annabella” (also appearing on Village Green…) are the Kinks’ attempts at psychedelia, which was the predominant force in British music at the time. I’m glad Ray Davies and Co. stayed out of the psychedelic movement, because this attempt is really, really bad. The book also posits that “Phenomenal Cat” could be an attempt at satire. If this song is an attempt at satire, it fails. If it is an attempt at making a crappy song, it succeeds admirably.
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