Soap Opera (album)

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Soap Opera
The Kinks - Soap Opera.jpg
Studio album by
Released16 May 1975
RecordedAugust 1974 - October 1974
StudioKonk Studios, London
ProducerRay Davies
The Kinks chronology
Preservation Act 2
Soap Opera
Schoolboys in Disgrace
Singles from Soap Opera
  1. "Holiday Romance"
    Released: 11 October 1974 (UK)
  2. "Everybody's a Star (Starmaker)"
    Released: April 1975 (US)
  3. "Ducks on the Wall"
    Released: 18 April 1975 (UK)
  4. "You Can't Stop the Music"
    Released: 23 May 1975 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1/5 stars[1]
Blender1/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
Rolling Stone(unfavourable)[4]

Soap Opera or The Kinks Present a Soap Opera is a 1975 concept album by The Kinks. It is the thirteenth studio album by The Kinks.


The material was initially developed for a Granada TV live teleplay in 1974, which was broadcast under the title Star Maker, starring Ray Davies and June Ritchie as the leads, with the Kinks providing live accompaniment. A Soap Opera adapted the same songs and plot to an audio presentation, with Ritchie in the same role. Plans for a full-scale theatrical tour were not realised, but the Kinks, with their extended mid-70s lineup, did perform the entire album on tour in 1975. Though the album was not well-received, Dave Thompson, reviewing an unofficial bootleg recording, called the live presentation "a revelation".[5]


Soap Opera is the third concept album in the band's "theatrical period". It tells the story of a musician named Starmaker who changes places with an "ordinary man" named Norman to better understand life. Starmaker beds Norman's wife Andrea and then goes to work the next day, getting caught in the rush hour. He works 9 to 5 and then visits the pub for a few drinks before making his way home. Andrea greets him, and he tells her she is "making it all worthwhile". By this point, Starmaker has lost his grip on reality; he doesn't know who he is anymore. In the end, he settles down with Andrea, accepting that he is now just "a face in the crowd". The album concludes with the sentiment that, although rock stars may fade, their music lives on.

The Starmaker is an exaggerated characterization of Ray Davies. He would often use his name in the stage version of Soap Opera and perform previous hit Kinks songs as examples of his work as a star to explain that he is not actually the "ordinary" Norman.[5]


In 1994 Moog Konttinen recorded a Finnish translation of the album as Saippuaooppera.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Ray Davies.

Side one
1."Everybody's a Star (Starmaker)"2:57
2."Ordinary People"3:49
3."Rush Hour Blues"4:27
4."Nine to Five"1:48
5."When Work Is Over"2:06
6."Have Another Drink"2:41
Side two
1."Underneath the Neon Sign"3:53
2."Holiday Romance"3:10
3."You Make It All Worthwhile"3:49
4."Ducks on the Wall"3:20
5."(A) Face in the Crowd"2:17
6."You Can't Stop the Music"3:12


The Kinks


  • Roger Beale - engineer
  • Joe Petagno - illustration
  • Pat Doyle - art direction


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks Present a Soap Opera > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: K". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 28 February 2019 – via
  4. ^ Mendelsohn, John (3 July 1975). "The Kinks: A Soap Opera". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 190). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007.
  5. ^ a b Thompson, Dave. "Norman: a Soap Opera Review>" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Moog Konttinen - discografia / soololevyt". Retrieved 13 June 2014.

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