Give the People What They Want

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Give the People What They Want
Studio album by The Kinks
Released 15 August 1981 (US)
January 1982 (UK)
Recorded May 1979 – June 1981 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 41:09
Label Arista
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
One for the Road
(1980)
Give the People What They Want
(1981)
State of Confusion
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Blender 4/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau C+ [3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [4]

Give the People What They Want is the eighteenth studio album by the English rock group, The Kinks. It was released in August 1981 in the US, but was delayed until January 1982 in Europe. It was delayed because Ray Davies wanted to produce a full length video for the album, but financing fell through. Also scrapped were plans to remix the album for the European market. The album was initially aimed to be a statement on the media.

Reissue[edit]

When the Kinks' six Arista studio albums, initially released between 1977 and 1984, were reissued in 1999, Give the People What They Want was the only one that did not contain bonus tracks, despite the fact that the single release of "Better Things" was slightly different from the album version. The British single of "Better Things" also included a non-album B-side, "Massive Reductions", which was different from the version of the song from the band's 1984 album Word of Mouth.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies

Side 1
No. Title Length
1. "Around the Dial"   4:45
2. "Give the People What They Want"   3:45
3. "Killer's Eyes"   4:40
4. "Predictable"   3:31
5. "Add It Up"   3:14
Side 2
No. Title Length
1. "Destroyer"   3:47
2. "Yo-Yo"   4:10
3. "Back to Front"   3:15
4. "Art Lover"   3:22
5. "A Little Bit of Abuse"   3:45
6. "Better Things"   2:59

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Give the People What They Want > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  2. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Kinks". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas. Rolling Stone (12 November 1981): 63.