Money Talks (The Kinks song)

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"Money Talks"
Single by The Kinks
from the album Preservation Act 2
B-side "Here Comes Flash"
Released April 1974
Format 7" single 45 RPM
Recorded January - March 1974 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock, Dixieland
Length 3:44
Label RCA
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
"Sitting in the Midday Sun"
(US, 1973)
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"
(UK, 1973)
"Money Talks"
(US, 1974)
"Mirror of Love"
(UK, 1974)
"Mirror of Love" (Band version)

"Money Talks" is a song by the British rock band The Kinks. Written by Ray Davies, the song appeared on the band's critically panned album, Preservation Act 2.


The lyrics of "Money Talks" are part of the story-line of Preservation Act 2. As described by author Andrew Hickey, the track is "just a description of Flash's 'philosophy' - that no one is incorruptible and that anyone will do anything for enough money."[1]


"Money Talks" was released on the album Preservation Act 2, where it was the fourth track on the first side. That same month, the song saw single release in America (as well as Japan and Germany), backed with "Here Comes Flash" (which had appeared on the previous album, Preservation Act 1.) The single was not met with much success, like many Kinks singles of the period, as it did not chart in any country.[2]


"Money Talks" has generally received positive reviews from critics. Jason Josephes of Pitchfork Media called the song "one of the many standout cuts on [Preservation Act 1]" and said that "Money Talks" is an example of "[Ray Davies's] stickiness serating <sic> Preservation with a witty edge, with can't- wait- to- quote lyrics popping up all over the place."[3] Andrew Hickey called the track "one of the catchiest things on Preservation Act 1."[1]


  1. ^ a b Hickey, Andrew. Preservation: The Kinks Music 1964-1974. pp. 194–195. 
  2. ^ Emlen, Dave. "Kinks Chart History". 
  3. ^ Josephes, Jason. "Pitchfork Media". Retrieved 2014-05-12.