"Welcome to Sleazy Town" as written by and Davies....
One hand on the controller
One hand on the re-wind
You can even watch it all in slow mo'
'cause you just sit at home all day
Now you got plenty of time

If you want some real live action
And the video's too tame
If you want to touch some heat
But you don't know how to light that flame
If you want some satisfaction
Instead of studying the freeze frame

I used to have this spot on Main Street
It was bounding, it was hot
It was dark, it was dirty
But dull it was not
The joint was jumping every night
But now it's just a parking lot

This city was cruel
This city was keen
This city was alive
This city was mean

Till the office blocks and parking lots
Came and closed this city down
I could stand outside
The kids hung round
And the neon sign said
Welcome to Sleazy Town
Welcome to Sleazy Town
Sleazy, Sleazy Town

Everybody hung loose
It was cool and easy
People used to meet and have a good time
Down in Sleazy Town, Sleazy Town, Sleazy Town, Sleazy Town

Then the corporations came along
And bought this piece of ground
The leases all went up
And so the buildings all came down
They built the motorways and shopping malls
And they killed off Sleazy Town

This city was cool
This city was keen
This city was alive
This city was till the office blocks and parking lots
Came and closed this city down
I could stand outside, the kids hung round
And the neon sign said
Welcome to Sleazy Town
Welcome to Sleazy Town, Sleazy, Sleazy Town
City Hall killed off that scene
Now Sleazy Town is just a dream


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    General CommentThere is no more Sleazy Town in London, It's all been gentrified and the openly sleazy have been priced out of the Market.
    BarnabyHugheson November 05, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI grew up in Fulham which had a real grassroots ordinary people vibe to it. Now it's a Nowhere town owned by corporations and Russian Oligarchs. The property has all been gentrified and is worth in excess of millions. The few remaining council blocks and flats are soon to be flogged off, redeveloped by private developers to be sold to absent foreign investors. I can't even afford a night out in Fulham anymore, let alone to live there

    This song is a great premonition by the Kinks of the rot that started in the 1980's and is now firmly established and a warning that if you want an ethnic/diverse and a community that has a cohesive cross section of life then for heaven's sake keep the corporations out and protect it from gentrification.
    BarnabyHugheson November 05, 2015   Link

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