State of Confusion

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State of Confusion
Studio album by The Kinks
Released 10 June 1983
Recorded September 1982 - March 1983 at Konk Studios, London (except "Bernadette": mid 1981)
Genre Rock, pop
Length 40:19
Label Arista
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
Give the People What They Want
State of Confusion
Word of Mouth
Singles from State of Confusion
  1. "Come Dancing"
    Released: 19 November 1982
  2. "Don't Forget to Dance"
    Released: 1 August 1983
  3. "State of Confusion"
    Released: December 1983 (Germany)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blender 5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

State of Confusion is the nineteenth studio album by the English rock group, The Kinks, released in 1983. The record featured the single "Come Dancing", which hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the band's biggest hit singles in the United States, equaling the 1965 peak of "Tired of Waiting for You". The album itself was a major success, peaking at #12 on the Billboard Album charts.[4]

While there have been at least 7 reissues of this album on CD in various countries (all with 4 bonus cuts), none of them have issued the extended "Come Dancing" 12-inch mix on CD (which contains an extended horn ending), which to this day is only available on vinyl. In addition, the extended 12-inch version of "Noise" has never been released on CD and is only available on vinyl. The UK 12-inch version of "Bernadette" has differences, including extra lyrics by Ray in the middle section.


The album was recorded between September 1982 and March 1983 at Konk Studios, London, and was produced by Ray Davies.

"Long Distance" and "Noise" were only released on cassette versions of the album. In 1984, "Long Distance" was released as one of the two B-sides on the "Do It Again" single in Germany (the other being "Guilty.") The song then appeared on both the LP and CD editions of the 1986 compilation album Come Dancing with The Kinks as the 13th track on the LP version and the 11th track on the CD version. Since then, it has made an appearance on the compilation album Picture Book and the box set, The Arista Years.


The track "Long Distance" has generally received positive reviews from critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic retrospectively praised the track as "wistful pop," and went on to call it a "terrific obscurity."[5][6] Rolling Stone critic Parke Puterbaugh hailed the song as "astonishingly Dylanesque," and went on to say that "there's no excuse for omitting ['Long Distance' from the LP version of State of Confusion.]"[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ray Davies

Side 1
No. Title Length
1. "State of Confusion"   3:41
2. "Definite Maybe"   4:27
3. "Labour of Love"   3:54
4. "Come Dancing"   3:54
5. "Property"   4:19
6. "Noise" (Audio cassette edition only) 4:38
Side 2
No. Title Length
1. "Don't Forget to Dance"   4:34
2. "Young Conservatives"   3:58
3. "Heart of Gold"   4:02
4. "Clichés of the World (B Movie)"   4:51
5. "Bernadette"   3:41
6. "Long Distance" (Audio cassette edition only) 5:23
CD reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Don't Forget to Dance (Original Extended Edit)"   5:09
12. "Once a Thief"   4:06
13. "Long Distance"   5:23
14. "Noise"   4:38


  • Ray Davies : lead vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesizer, piano
  • Dave Davies : lead guitar, vocals (lead on "Bernadette")
  • Mick Avory : drums
  • Jim Rodford : bass guitar
  • Ian Gibbons : keyboards
  • Written and Produced by Raymond Douglas Davies
  • Engineered by John Rollo and Damian Korner


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: State of Confusion > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  2. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  3. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (7 July 1983). "The Kinks: State of Confusion". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 399). ISSN 0035-791X. 
  4. ^ "The Kinks' Chart Positions". Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: State of Confusion > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Come Dancing with The Kinks > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  7. ^ "The Kinks: State of Confusion". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 399). 7 July 1983. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)