Misfits (The Kinks song)

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American E.P.
Single by The Kinks
from the album Misfits
A-side "Black Messiah"
Released May 19, 1978
Format 7" single
Recorded July 1977 – January 1978 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 4:41
Label Arista 210
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
"Live Life"
"Black Messiah"/
(UK, 1978)
"(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman"

"Misfits" is the title track for The Kinks' 1978 album, Misfits. It was written by Ray Davies.


The lyrics of "Misfits" detail the many so-called "losers" and "failures" who are "lost without a crowd yet [they] go [their] own way." It goes on to say that "You're a misfit, afraid of yourself, so you run away and hide" and that "you've been a misfit all your life." The lyrics, however, embrace these misfits, with lyrics such as "misfits are everywhere" and "why don't you join the crowd and come inside." "Yes it's true what they say, every dog has his day," Davies sings, suggesting that these misfits will have their time.

Release and Reception[edit]

"Misfits" was first released on the album of the same name on May 19, 1978. Although it was not released as a single, it was used as the B-side to the Black Messiah single. It also served as the title track of an EP named "The Kinks Misfit Record".

"Misfits" has been often praised as one of the best songs on the album of the same name. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called the track "a classic outsider rallying cry" and labelled it as one of the two "touchstones" of the album.[1] Rolling Stone's Ken Emerson said that "Misfits" is "a fitting introduction to the Kinks' most intimate album".[2]

American EP[edit]

"The Kinks Misfit Record" was the first American Kinks EP created, despite the unpopularity of EPs in the U.S. The EP features "Misfits" as well as "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy", "Black Messiah", and "Permanent Waves" (all from Misfits). Although "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" was released as a single in the United States, the other three tracks made their non-album debut in America on the EP.


All tracks written by Ray Davies.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy"   4:58
2. "Black Messiah"   3:24
Side two
No. Title Length
3. "Misfits"   4:19
4. "Permanent Waves"   3:37


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AllMusic". Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  2. ^ Emerson, Ken. "Rolling Stone". Retrieved 2014-05-18.