Give the People What They Want (Kinks album)

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Give the People What They Want
Studio album by
Released15 August 1981 (US)
January 1982 (UK)
RecordedMay 1979 – June 1981
StudioKonk Studios, London
ProducerRay Davies
The Kinks chronology
One for the Road
Give the People What They Want
State of Confusion
Singles from Give the People What They Want
  1. "Better Things"
    Released: 19 June 1981 (UK)
    28 November 1981 (US)
  2. "Destroyer"
    Released: 28 September 1981 (US)
  3. "Predictable"
    Released: 30 October 1981 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
Blender4/5 stars [2]
Robert ChristgauC+[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 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 not 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. It was initially aimed to be a statement on the media.


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 tracks are written by Ray Davies.

Side 1
1."Around the Dial"4:45
2."Give the People What They Want"3:45
3."Killer's Eyes"4:40
5."Add It Up"3:14
Side 2
3."Back to Front"3:15
4."Art Lover"3:22
5."A Little Bit of Abuse"3:45
6."Better Things"2:59


The Kinks


  • Chrissie Hynde – vocals on "Predictable", "Add It Up", "Art Lover" and "A Little Bit of Abuse" (uncredited)
  • Ben Fenner – engineer
  • Robert Ellis – photography


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Give the People What They Want > Review" at AllMusic
  2. ^ Blender review Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Kinks". Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  4. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas. Rolling Stone (12 November 1981): 63. Missing or empty |title= (help)