The Kinks release “Kinda Kinks”

“Kinda Kinks”, was released by The Kinks on August 11th, 1965 (and March 5th, 1965 for the UK version). The Kinks first album was rushed out to cash in on the success of their top ten single ‘You Really Got Me’ (why else do you think they titled it “You Really Got Me”!) but did have a few good tracks on there along with *that* monster.

“Kinda Kinks” was even more rushed as their record company pushed to exploit the hype of The British Invasion. “Kinda Kinks” was recorded in a week and squeezed in as they rode the wave of fame that swept over them.

This time around there were no seasoned session musicians like Jimmy Page and Jon Lord to smooth over The Kinks rough edges. To make matters worse, although Shel Talmy’s production and song contributions were not exactly great on the first album, his services were retained and “Kinda Kinks” suffered greatly from some horrible production and mixing. In Ray Davies Autobiography, X-Ray he comments “Listening to some of the mistakes made my toes curl”.

Fortunately it was re-mastered in 1998 and now the songs have been released from the quagmire of the original production and mixing and some very good unreleased material has been added.

Tracks like “Something Better Beginning” show Ray Davies songwriting improving, and dig a little deeper and you will uncover the acoustic gem, “Nothing in the World can stop me from worrin’ ’bout that Girl” (also featured on the Rushmore Soundtrack)

As a little indication that The Kinks were also far more experimental than they were given credit for shows up on the 2002 re-issue, “See My Friends” features a Bombay drone predating George Harrison’s sitar fixation by a good year. Add to this the satirical “Well Respected Man”, a track that obviously taught Blur a trick or two, and you already have more quality songs than most albums can manage.

While “Kinda Kinks” is certainly not one of The Kinks classic albums, it is an improvement on their first album, especially if you get the remastered version with the bonus tracks.


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The US and UK Versions of Kinda Kinks

You Really Got Me was different to the UK release of The Kinks first album (which was simply titled “Kinks” in the UK) Since then a US only release, “Kinks Size”, had been rushed out, including the hit single “Tired of Waiting For You”, which was included on the UK release of Kinda Kinks, but was excluded from the US version.

This type of situation was fairly common as many bands from that period signed different deals on either side of the Atlantic. The Rolling Stones were another example, it wasn’t until “Their Satanic Majesty’s Request” in 1967 that their US and UK releases were essentially the same. By contrast (or should that be “kontrast”?) The Kinks only had to wait until 1965’s “The Kink Kontroversy” before their US and UK releases shared a track listing.

This is why there are two different track-listing here, one is for the slightly earlier UK release, the other for the US release. In addition the 2002 remastered version had additional tracks and was true stereo rather than the simulated stereo of the originals (it is also mixed so you can hear the songs…a big improvement!)

Track List for US Release of Kinda Kinks

All tracks by Ray Davies unless otherwise specified

Side 1

  1. “Look For Me Baby”
  2. “Got My Feet on the Ground” (Ray Davies, Dave Davies)
  3. “Nothin’ in the World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl”
  4. “Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight”
  5. “Set Me Free”

Side 2

  1. “Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy”
  2. “Dancing in the Street” (Marvin Gaye, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter)
  3. “Don’t Ever Change”
  4. “So Long”
  5. “You Shouldn’t Be Sad”
  6. “Something Better Beginning”

Track List for UK Release of Kinda Kinks

Side One

  1. “Look for Me Baby”
  2. “Got My Feet on the Ground”
  3. “Nothin’ in the World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl”
  4. “Naggin’ Woman”
  5. “Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight”
  6. “Tired of Waiting for You”

Side Two

  1. “Dancing in the Street” – (Marvin Gaye, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter)
  2. “Don’t Ever Change”
  3. “Come on Now”
  4. “So Long”
  5. “You Shouldn’t Be Sad”
  6. “Something Better Beginning”

Additional Tracks on 2004 CD Release of Kinda Kinks

  1. “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy”
  2. “Who’ll Be the Next in Line”
  3. “Set Me Free”
  4. “I Need You”
  5. “See My Friends”
  6. “Never Met a Girl Like You Before”
  7. “Wait Till the Summer Comes Along”
  8. “Such a Shame”
  9. “A Well Respected Man”
  10. “Don’t You Fret”
  11. “I Go to Sleep”
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Ray Davies

I’m a collection of loose ends. I don’t want to be a pop star. I think that this is just a part of my life which will come to an end.

You see that girl over there. I was at Hornsey Art School with her. I haven’t seen her for years. Small world — I wonder what she’s doing here.

I did quite well in the school boxing championships, until I came up against the School’s Champion of Great Britain. I hit him three times and hurt my hands. He knocked me out in the first round.

My first job – drafting – lasted about six weeks. I gave it up because I didn’t like drawing straight lines. After that I tried commercial art. The first day of my new job my employer gave me some toilet paper to do a design on. Really though! I explained that with a job of this kind I would need two afternoons a week off to practice soccer. I thought it was important to have a hobby. The boss didn’t.

Playing and singing my own music is very important to me. I think if I thought I could not improve musically. I’d give it all up and become a tramp. The idea of tramping around the country with a healthy bank balance in time of difficulty appeals to me.

Dave Davies

When Mick came to audition for The Kinks and saw me, he couldn’t believe it. I was wearing a plastic rain coat buttoned to the neck, moccasins, and I had shoulder-length hair.

I recently attended a high society party where I knew many of the people from the old days when we played deb parties. I got a lot of snubs that night.

Sometimes I look through the old pics when my hair was really long and think, “How could I do it?” My sister Gwen wore slacks once when she came to see us. We look a lot alike anyway, and some guy mistook her for me and asked for an autograph. You should’ve seen his face when she spoke.

Once I wrote a letter explaining that because of the mastoid in my ear I wouId have to go to the hospital every Friday for a check up. I could never see the sense of attending lessons I disliked.

I play one classical record. It’s a Bach LP of organ music. It’s an eerie record, but it has a curiously relaxing effect on me.

The only thing about Mick is that he insists on being last. We have a great competition in the morning to see who is last dressed. It’s generally afternoon before I give up.

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Mick Avory

Gene Pitney once told me, “You’re the quietest spoken illiterate I have ever met.”

I was a terrible Boy Scout. I used to go down to the club to play pool . They had a skiffle group there and one evening the drummer was sick and they asked me to play. Tapping away on that old snare drum balanced on a chair was the beginning.

At school there was this character who’d keep repeating, “That’s not the way to carry on, Avory,”‘ and clumping me round the ear to each syllable. Worst of all the giant Welsh gym master who jumped off the top of wall bars and endangered your limbs. He threw medicine balls at me.

I never was a garbage man. Too proud!

When I go to a club, it’s always the off night. When we go through Customs, it’s always me they pick on to turn inside out. I buy a new car with a radio because the one in the old one isn’t working and when I get the car home, the radio in that one doesn’t work.

It was a pretty good scene, man.

Peter Quaife

As a teenager, I was part of a gang called “The Mussies.” We had a feud with the Finchley boys, which developed into a grand-scale punch-up one evening at their local dance hall. I was posted as a Iook-out at the door, and when the Law arrived, I disappeared under a parked car. I was lucky. I got away. But many of the gang were sent to approved schools. That cured me of being a delinquent.

When I first began playing in local groups at the Athenaeum, I wouldn’t have said “boo” to a goose. Now I talk for hours to people. Doing interviews brings you out of yourself.

In the early days we didn’t really have a name for the group. It depended on who secured the booking. If Ray got the date, the group was The Ray Davies Band.” If I got it, “The Pete Quaife Band.”

We used to put up with a lot of “the dear, sweet boy has long hair” types. For a while we were a source of great amusement to these people. A novelty to be tolerated. It’s nice to be really appreciated at last.

I do have one other problem. My kid brother, Dave. Last week, I arrived home to find he’d been selling my shirts to fans as souvenirs. He’ll end up just like me — only richer.

The Kinks

  • Ray Davies
  • Dave Davies
  • Peter Quaife
  • Mick Avory


  • Shel Talmy

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