' is somewhat of a crossover album for the band. When The Kinks
' debut was released, it was very raw and very heavy for its time. It was the kind of album that parents would not want their kids listening to. 'Kinda Kinks
' changes that up a bit by having some softer, more poppy type songs mixed in as well. Some good examples of this are "Don't Ever Change" and "Nothing
in the World Can
Stop Me from Worryin' 'Bout That Girl". Fans of The Kinks
' heavier material will find songs to appreciate on here as well though, particularly "Come on Now
" and "I Need You" (which sounds almost exactly like "You Really Got Me
Personally, I thought 'Kinda Kinks
' was pretty good. I don't like it quite as much as some of their later albums, but I found it to be more enjoyable than their debut. I think it's strange that I am a huge fan of hard rock and heavy metal music, yet when it comes to The Kinks
, I prefer their softer stuff instead. That is a mystery I don't think I'll ever be able to figure out.
From what I've read about the band, apparently they didn't like this album much when it was released. Ray Davies said he felt that it was rushed and not as good as it could have been. Even so, this was still a very popular album for the band and the song "Tired of Waiting for You
" became a huge hit for them.
Fun Facts: "Dancing in the Street" was originally recorded by Martha and the Vandellas. Also, The Pretenders
covered "I Go to Sleep" in 1981.
Favorite Songs: "Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight", "Tired of Waiting for You
", "Dancing in the Street", "Don't Ever Change", "I Need You", "See My Friend
s", "I Go to Sleep"