Where Have All the Good Times Gone
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|"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"|
|Single by The Kinks|
|from the album The Kink Kontroversy|
|A-side||"Till the End of the Day" (1965-1966 release)|
|B-side||"Lola (live version) (1973 release)|
|Released||19 November 1965 (UK)
2 March 1966 (USA)
|Recorded||23–30 October 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London|
|Genre||Rock, garage rock|
|Label||Pye 7N 15981 (UK) 1965
Reprise 0454 (USA) 1966
Pye 7N 45313 (UK) 1973
|The Kinks singles chronology|
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone" is a song written by Ray Davies and performed with The Kinks. It was first released as the B-side to "Till the End of the Day," and was then included on their album The Kink Kontroversy in 1965 (1966 in the US).
Ray Davies said, "We'd been rehearsing 'Where Have All the Good Times Gone' and our tour manager at the time, who was a lot older than us, said, 'That's a song a 40-year-old would write. I don't know where you get that from.' But I was taking inspiration from older people around me. I'd been watching them in the pubs, talking about taxes and job opportunities."
The song has since gained "classic" status and featured on numerous compilations. Pye Records released the track as a single in November 1973 (Pye 7N 45313 b/w "Lola"). This re-release failed to chart.
- It was covered by David Bowie on the album Pin Ups.
- It has also been covered by Van Halen on the album Diver Down. This was Van Halen's second cover of a Kinks' song, the first being "You Really Got Me" on their eponymous debut album.
- Supergrass performed the song live at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival.
- "Où est donc le bon vieux temps", French cover by Mike Lécuyer (LP "A 7 plombes du mat' blues" 1978)