I get a pretty similar kind of enjoyment out of The Kinks as I do out of a lot of jazz from the period, thinking about it.
like, musically they’re so far beyond the kind of music that really is flat and musty Radio 2 banality; there’s a loose/tight energy and a wit to the inner rhythms and melodic phrasing in their songs.
it might not be exploring the same areas of music as all that, but it totally has the same vitality (as opposed to the utterly stilted-by-comparison Beatles).
the production isn’t tinny either! it might sound of its time, but in the best possible way, in the rich, warm way of classic cuts certain filmakers favour.
feels like your upbringing has given you a seriously uncharitable opinion by association!
I get it takes a lot to reverse that, but take my word as somebody who also likes all the sort of wild, out there stuff you prefer: there’s deep, rich worth in the songs of Ray Davies (Dave’s tunes are generally not in the same league).