Word of Mouth (The Kinks album)

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Word of Mouth
Studio album by
Released19 November 1984
RecordedJune 1983 - September 1984
StudioKonk Studios, London
ProducerRay Davies
The Kinks chronology
State of Confusion
Word of Mouth
Think Visual
Singles from Word of Mouth
  1. "Good Day"
    Released: 1984 (U.K.)
  2. "Do It Again"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Living on a Thin Line"
    Released: 1985 (U.S., Radio Promo)
  4. "Summer's Gone"
    Released: 1985 (U.S.)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Blender3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Word of Mouth is the twentieth studio album by the English rock group, The Kinks. "Do It Again" was released as a single from the album in 1985.


The track "Living on a Thin Line" by Dave Davies was played three times in the 2001 episode "University" of the American TV show The Sopranos. According to producer Terence Winter on the DVD extras, it is the series' most asked about song. The song was also played in the final episode of the HBO series Vice Principals.

The song "Good Day" includes an allusion to the death of actress Diana Dors.

The song "Do It Again" was featured in the film Click (released in 2006), and in trailers that were promoting the film.[4] It was also used in TV ad promotions for the 2013 edition of the Tour de France.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ray Davies, except as noted.

Side 1
1."Do It Again"4:14
2."Word of Mouth"3:51
3."Good Day"4:35
4."Living on a Thin Line" (Dave Davies)4:16
5."Sold Me Out"3:44
Side 2
1."Massive Reductions"3:15
2."Guilty" (Dave Davies)4:12
3."Too Hot"4:08
4."Missing Persons"2:53
5."Summer's Gone"3:52
6."Going Solo"3:58
1999 CD reissue bonus tracks
12."Good Day" (extended edit)5:31
13."Summer's Gone" (extended edit)4:54


The Kinks
  • Ray Davies - guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Davies - guitar, background vocals, lead vocals on "Guilty" and "Living on a Thin Line"
  • Jim Rodford - bass, background vocals
  • Mick Avory - drums on "Missing Persons", "Sold Me Out" and "Going Solo"
  • Bob Henrit - drums on all other tracks
  • Ian Gibbons - keyboards, background vocals
  • "Special thanks to" Luisa and John for their help on "Too Hot" and "Good Day"
  • David Baker - engineer
  • Donn Davenport - art direction
  • Chris Morton - concept
  • Maude Gilman, Howard Fritzson - design
  • Renate Stürmer - illustration

Chart performance[edit]

The album spent twenty weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts and reached its peak position of #57 in February 1985.[5]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Word of Mouth > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  2. ^ Blender review Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Fricke, David (31 January 1985). "The Kinks: Word of Mouth". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 440). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 10 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Soundtracks for Click". IMDb.com. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Billboard 200: February 9, 1985". Billboard.com. Billboard. 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.

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