The Kinks

Celluloid Heroes

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There’s long been an undercurrent of nostalgia in the music of the Kinks but rarely has it come so strongly to the forefront as in ”Celluloid Heroes”. The song recounts a journey down Hollywood Boulevard with band front man and songwriter Ray Davies observing the various sidewalk stars that commemorate various real-life entertainment industry figures. While remembering such motion picture giants as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Bela Lugosi, Davies also takes a moment to reflect on “People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame. Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain…” The song has a nice, soft melodic feel to it, and deftly sums up the affectionate sentimentality that many people feel about their favorite screen performers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Everybody's in Show-Biz 1972 Velvel Records 6:21
The Kinks' Greatest: Celluloid Heroes 1976
No Image 1986 Arista
To the Bone 1994 Guardian / Angel 0:00
That '70s Show Presents That '70s Album: Rockin' 1999
Various Artists
Volcano Records 6:22
No Image 2002 Universal Distribution
The RCA Years 2006 Velvel Records 6:21
Picture Book [Box Set] 2008 Sanctuary 6:22
No Image Phantom
Greatest Hits [UK] Bellaphon Records
Kinks Kontraband
No Image Strider