Scattered (The Kinks song)

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Single by The Kinks
from the album Phobia
B-side "Hatred (A Duet)"
Released 8 March 1993 (Europe)
29 March 1993 (UK/US)
Format 7" single
Recorded September 1990 - February 1992 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
"Only a Dream"
(UK, 1993)
"How Do I Get Close"
(US, 1990)
(UK, 1993)
"You Really Got Me"

"Scattered" is a song by the British rock band The Kinks. Written by Ray Davies, "Scattered" appeared as the sixteenth track from their album Phobia, and was the band's final original single (only to be followed by reissues of "You Really Got Me" and "Waterloo Sunset".)


On its appearance on Phobia, "Scattered" is dedicated to Annie Florence Davies (Ray Davies' mother) and Carol Bryans (a friend of Davies's.)[1] Both died due to cancer.[1]

Ray Davies claimed that "Scattered" took ten years to write.[1] Author Thomas Kitts believes that the song was initially inspired by Ray Davies broken relationship with Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde.[1]


"Scattered" was first released in Europe as a single in 1993, 21 days prior to the release of Phobia. The song was then released on Phobia as the closing track (except for Japan and the UK, where "Did Ya" was added as a bonus track, making "Scattered" the penultimate track.) After the release of the song "Only a Dream" as the debut British single from Phobia, "Scattered" was planned to be the follow-up to "Only a Dream". However, due to the under-performance of "Only a Dream", the "Scattered" single was cancelled, despite advertising for the single being released.[2] However, "Scattered" eventually saw release as a single in Britain in small amounts in the collectors' market during 1993.[2] One year later, Columbia Records dropped The Kinks.[2] It did not chart.


Although it was unsuccessful as a single, "Scattered" has been praised as one of the best songs on Phobia from critics. Thomas Kitts, author of Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else, said that it was "one of [Davies's] most complex lyrics and one of [Davies's] best songs of the 1990s."[1] Rovi Staff of AllMusic cited "Scattered" as a highlight from Phobia.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Kitts, Thomas. Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else. 
  2. ^ a b c Hinman, Doug. All Day and All of the Night. 
  3. ^ Staff, Rovi. "AllMusic 'Phobia'".