Stop Your Sobbing
|"Stop Your Sobbing"|
|Song by The Kinks|
|from the album Kinks|
|Released||2 October 1964 (UK)|
|Recorded||Late August 1964, Pye Studios (No. 2), London|
|Label||Pye NPL 18096 (UK)|
|Kinks track listing|
The Kinks recorded "Stop Your Sobbing" on Kinks, which was rushed out in order to capitalize on the success of "You Really Got Me." "Stop Your Sobbing" was supposedly written by Ray about a former girlfriend who, fearing that fame would change him, broke down in tears upon seeing how popular he had become.
The song has the singer annoyed that his girlfriend cries too much, and he wants her to stop. But the singer's pleas fail and by the end of the song he remains frustrated at the unresolved situation. Davies biographer Thomas Kitts suggests that the song may have been inspired by Davies having recently broken up with an old girlfriend.
AllMusic's Tom Maginnis described the track as "grounded more heavily in the classic 50’s style of songwriting and playing," and said that "'Stop Your Sobbing' is a far cry from the wild aggression of ”You Really Got Me”." Music critic Johnny Rogan described it as "a hidden gem in the Kinks canon." Rogan praises how Davies' "fragile vocal" works well with the theme. It was not released as a single.
The Pretenders version
|"Stop Your Sobbing"|
|Single by The Pretenders|
|from the album Pretenders|
|Label||Real, Sire (US)|
|The Pretenders singles chronology|
In 1979, the Pretenders released their version of "Stop Your Sobbing" on their self-titled debut album. The recording of this cover of the song led to the relationship between Ray Davies and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, which eventually resulted in the birth of a child. The Pretenders' version of "Stop Your Sobbing" was one of three demos given to Nick Lowe and became the A-side for the first single the band released. After this recording, Lowe abandoned the fledgling group claiming that the band was "not going anywhere". However, the single made the Top 40, reaching #34 in the UK. It didn't perform quite as well in the US, reaching #65 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This version of the song was one of many examples of songs initially recorded by the Kinks that were covered by other bands during the late seventies and early eighties. Other examples include the version of "David Watts" recorded by the Jam, "The Hard Way" by the Knack, and "I Go to Sleep," an unreleased track written by Ray Davies, which, like "Stop Your Sobbing," was covered by the Pretenders.
Rolling Stone critic Ken Tucker calls the Pretenders' "Stop Your Sobbing" "ideal radio fare," describing it as having "Labourer of Lust's feathery pop feel" and that "echoed to enhance Davies' wistful melancholy, Hynde sounded like a solo Mamas and the Papas, but her tone surged at the ends of choruses to imply enormous resentment at even having to think about sobbing."
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- Kitts, T.M. (2008). Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else. Routledge. pp. 44, 187–188. ISBN 041597769X.
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