Friday Factory Tune: Last of the Steam Powered Trains

Christmas gift-giving cannot go wrong with model trains, (now-digital) cameras and copies of “The Village Green Preservation Society.” Accordingly, this week’s Friday Factory Tune is The Kinks, 1969, “Last of the Steam Powered Trains,” sliding into “Picture Book.”

When we saw Ray Davies a few years ago, he joked about “Village Green Preservation Society,” saying if you hang around long enough, a bomb becomes a classic. You can interpret the record as a nostalgic rebuke of industrialization, but there’s room for that, even with manufacturers.

Believe this performance comes from January 1969 and the British TV show, “Once More with Felix,” Felix being a British model, not Latin for “happy.”

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