ARTIST: The Kinks
TITLE: The Kink Kontroversy
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: #95 US, #9 UK
SINGLES: ‘Till the End of the Day (#50 US, #8 UK). Dedicated Follower of Fashion (#36 US, #4 UK) is on the deluxe version.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Where Have All the Good Times Gone
LINEUP: Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory. Nicky Hopkins and drummer Clem Cattini appear as session musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Kinks release an album with only one cover (an old blues song they re-arranged) and it shows Ray Davies emerging as a pretty good observational songwriter.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After the first couple of albums and wearying tours, Ray Davies was on a creative roll. He also knew that his strengths as a songwriter weren’t in the crash-bam of their earlier hits (as fine as they were) but as a teller of some small tales about love or neighborhoods or people you’d meet.
This album transitions the Kinks toward their 1966-71 musical peak. It still has some remnants of their earlier style, but some of the material is a lot more adult than the previous records. Even some of the rowdier numbers like “Where Have All the Good Times Gone” and “’Till the End of the Day” have maturity to them.
A key track for this transition is on the deluxe version – “I’m Not Like Everybody Else”. It’s a clarion call for the outsider in us.
NOTES & MINUTAE: The name of the record comes from their various issues on tour – they were banned in the US for fighting on stage and bringing a riotous element to the stage. Sure the Davies brothers fought, and Avory used to chuck drumsticks and even a bass drum pedal at Dave Davies. That’s not worth a ban, is it?
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. But unlike the first two records it’s smaller since they only had a single and a couple spare tracks between album sessions this time around.
GRADE: B: By no means perfect, but it’s a decent 60’s album for sure.