Starstruck (The Kinks song)

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"Starstruck"
The German cover of the single
Single by The Kinks
from the album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
B-side "Picture Book"
Released January 8, 1969
Recorded November 1966 - October 1968
Genre Baroque pop, pop rock
Length 2:18
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
"Days"
(1968)
"Starstruck"
(US, 1969)
"The Village Green Preservation Society"
(US, 1969)
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society track listing
"Village Green"
(9)
"Starstruck"
(10)
"Phenomenal Cat"
(11)

"Starstruck" is a track and single from The Kinks's 1968 album, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. The song is about getting absorbed by the culture and straying from your family.

Release[edit]

"Starstruck" was the first U.S. single pulled from The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, but besides hitting #13 in The Netherlands, it did not chart. The track was also released as a single in Germany, Norway, Sweden, and in Australia.[1] However, in the Australian version of the single, "Starstruck" was switched with its B-side, "Picture Book" as the A-side.[2] A promotional video, starring all four band members in a London park, was also filmed by Dutch public broadcaster NOS.

On the appearance of "Starstruck" on The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Ray Davies claimed that "It is strange to think of this song being recorded by The Kinks, because it is definitely a song that should be on somebody's solo album."[3]

As well as being the tenth track on The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, "Starstruck" has appeared on the compilation album The Ultimate Collection.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Starstruck / Picture Book by The Kinks (Single; Pye; DV 14795): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Picture Book / Starstruck by The Kinks (Single; Astor; AP-1590): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  3. ^ Miller, Andy. Kinks' The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. 
  4. ^ "Starstruck - The Kinks | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-26.