All of My Friends Were There
|"All of My Friends Were There"|
|album track by The Kinks from the album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society|
|Released||22 November 1968|
|Recorded||Summer 1968 at Pye Studios, London|
Sanctuary (2004 Reissue)
|The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society track listing|
"All of My Friends Were There" is a song by the British rock band The Kinks. The song, written by the band's main songwriter Ray Davies, appeared on their critically acclaimed album, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.
The lyrics of "All of My Friends Were There" describe a performer who became drunk before a big performance, resulting in a huge embarrassment in front of all of his friends. Afterward, he hides himself in a disguise until his next performance, where he redeems himself and realizes that the first performance didn't matter anymore.
"All of My Friends Were There" was inspired by a real event that happen to Kinks member Ray Davies. Ray Davies said of the moment, "It was an R&B concert and I had a temperature of 104 but they asked me to do it because there was a contract. I had lots and lots to drink and I thought 'It doesn't matter.' The curtains opened and all my friends were sitting in the front row .... It was a terrible night and I thought I would write a song about it."
Release and reception
"All of My Friends Were There" was recorded during the summer of 1968, but was scrapped from the original 12-track edition of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. However, upon the album's pull from shelves on Ray Davies's insistence, the song was resurrected to be added to the new 15-track version of the album. When talking about the song's release, Ray Davies said, "If I'd done that song today, it would have been A&R'd off the album. But sometimes you need minor gems like that to set up other songs."
Critic Robert Christgau described "All of My Friends Were There" as "a wry comipathedy about public embarrassment which demonstrates the weird control, similar in its not-quite surreal tone to that of Randy Newman."