Dead End Street (song)
|"Dead End Street"|
|Single by The Kinks|
|B-side||"Big Black Smoke"|
|Released||18 November 1966 (UK)|
|Format||7" single (45 RPM)|
|Recorded||1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London|
|Label||Pye 7N 17222 (UK)
Reprise 0540 (US)
|The Kinks singles chronology|
"Dead End Street" is a song by the British band The Kinks from 1966, written by main songwriter Ray Davies. Like many other songs written by Davies, it is slightly influenced by British Music Hall. It was originally released as a non-album single, but has since been included as one of several bonus tracks from the Face to Face CD. The song, like many others by the group, deals with the poverty and misery found in the lower classes of English society. The song was a big success in the UK, reaching #5 on the singles charts, but only reached #73 in the United States. In 1976 it ranked #72 on New Musical Express's list of the Top 100 Singles of All Time. Some labels list the song as "Deadend Street".
The video was filmed in black and white, and featured each member of the band dressed as undertakers, as well as playing various other characters throughout. With a length of roughly 3:15 in total, it represents one of the first true "music videos". Dave Davies says that the BBC disliked the film, claiming it was in bad taste.
The song was recorded at a time when Pete Quaife had left the band after a car accident. While bassist John Dalton performs on the track, Quaife had returned to the group by the time the video was shot.
Covers and alternative versions
An unreleased alternative recording of the song from October 1966 was issued in December 2008 on the Kinks 6-CD box set Picture Book.
- Ray Davies-Lead vocals, guitar
- Dave Davies-Guitar, bass, backing vocals
- John Dalton-Bass, backing vocals
- Mick Avory-drums
- Nicky Hopkins-piano
- It is known that The Kinks had gone to a pub frequented by session musicians whilst recording Dead End Street and got into conversation with a trombonist who they then asked to contribute to the song.
- The Official Ray Davies Web Site
- The Official Ray Davies Forum - "The Old Grey Board"
- The Official Ray Davies Forum on YouTube