This Strange Effect

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"This Strange Effect"
Dave Berry This Strange Effect single cover.jpg
Single by Dave Berry
B-side "Now"
Released 2 July 1965
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded June 1965 at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London
Genre Pop music
Length 2:28
Label Decca F12188 (UK)
London 45-9781 (USA)
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Mike Smith
Dave Berry singles chronology
"Little Things"
"This Strange Effect"
"I'm Gonna Take You There"

"This Strange Effect" is a song written by Ray Davies of The Kinks, and released first by Dave Berry in July 1965.[1] The single was released in the United States in September 1965. It reached No.1 in the Netherlands[1] and Belgium, but peaked at No.37 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

A studio recording was never officially released by The Kinks, but live recordings exist. An in-studio BBC recording by the Kinks from August 1965 was released in 2001 on The Songs We Sang for Auntie - BBC Sessions 1964-1977.[1]

Bill Wyman, covered the track for his 1992 album Stuff.[3] This version can also be found on A Stone Alone: The Solo Anthology 1974-2002.[4]

"This Strange Effect"
Single by Hooverphonic
from the album Blue Wonder Power Milk
B-side Various remixes
Released 1998
Format CD, 12" vinyl
Genre Trip hop
Length 3:55
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Hooverphonic, Mark Plati
Hooverphonic singles chronology
"This Strange Effect"

Belgian band, Hooverphonic, covered the song in 1998 for their album, Blue Wonder Power Milk.[1] Their version of "This Strange Effect" was released as a single and was featured in the American television advertisement for the Motorola SLVR.

Another cover was recorded in 2006 by Finnish band The Others, aka 22PP, for their album Monochromeset.

A version of the song also appears on the 1999 Thievery Corporation compilation album, Abductions and Reconstructions.[5]

Squeeze covered the song on the deluxe edition of their 2015 album, Cradle to the Grave.[6]

In 2009, Northern Irish pop punk/new wave band, The Undertones covered "This Strange Effect" for Onder Invloed, a project by Dutch journalist Matthijs van der Ven, which showcases various musicians from all over the world covering their favourite songs.[citation needed]

Steve Wynn also covered the track.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Richie Unterberger. "This Strange Effect - Dave Berry | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 55. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Stuff - Bill Wyman | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  4. ^ William Ruhlmann (2006-03-28). "A Stone Alone: The Solo Anthology 1974-2001 - Bill Wyman | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  5. ^ John Bush (1999-04-06). "Abductions and Reconstructions - Thievery Corporation | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Cradle to the Grave [Deluxe] - Squeeze | Release Info". AllMusic. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-09-29.