Misfits (The Kinks album)

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Misfits
Studio album by The Kinks
Released 19 May 1978
Recorded July 1977 - January 1978 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 40:29
Label Arista
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
Sleepwalker
(1977)
Misfits
(1978)
Low Budget
(1979)
Singles from Misfits
  1. "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy"
    Released: May 19, 1978
  2. "Live Life"
    Released: July 14, 1978
  3. "Black Messiah"
    Released: September 29, 1978 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (B)[3]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[4]

Misfits is the sixteenth studio album by the English rock group The Kinks, released in 1978.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies, except as noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Misfits"     4:41
2. "Hay Fever"     3:32
3. "Live Life"     3:49
4. "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy"     4:58
5. "In a Foreign Land"     3:03
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Permanent Waves"     3:47
2. "Black Messiah"     4:08
3. "Out of the Wardrobe"     3:35
4. "Trust Your Heart"   Dave Davies 4:11
5. "Get Up"     3:22

On the UK version of the LP, a longer version of "Live Life" (4:47) switches places with "Black Messiah". Remastered CD releases have the UK LP track order and include a shorter "Live Life" as a bonus track (different than the US version). Arista released a ten track CD (Arista 260 173) that reproduces the original, non-UK LP version.

Remastered CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Misfits"     4:42
2. "Hay Fever"     3:33
3. "Black Messiah"     4:08
4. "A Rock & Roll Fantasy"     4:58
5. "In a Foreign Land"     3:02
6. "Permanent Waves"     3:48
7. "Live Life"     4:47
8. "Out of the Wardrobe"     3:37
9. "Trust Your Heart"   Dave Davies 4:11
10. "Get Up"     3:22
Remastered CD bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Black Messiah" (Single remix) 3:37
12. "Father Christmas"   3:42
13. "A Rock & Roll Fantasy" (US single edit) 4:01
14. "Live Life" (US single remix) 3:47

Musicians and production[edit]

  • Ray Davies: vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer
  • Dave Davies: lead guitar, vocals (lead vocals on "Trust Your Heart")
  • Mick Avory: drums except as noted
  • Andy Pyle: bass guitar except as noted
  • John Gosling: piano, organ, synthesizer
  • John Dalton: bass guitar on "In a Foreign Land"
  • Written and Produced by Raymond Douglas Davies
  • Engineered by Steve Waldman

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Misfits > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  2. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  3. ^ "The Kinks". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 13 November 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ Emerson, Ken (12 July 1978). "The Kinks: Misfits". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 269). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 9 December 2007.