Something Else – The Kinks (1967)

Album no. 97/1001

Our second Kinks album, and it’s just as weird as the last one. We’ve got songs about going through the classifieds, jealous sisters, depressed circus performers and afternoon tea. Get around it.

The Kinks were already working towards their Village Green Preservation Society album, and you can tell. The songs here are calm and laid back, much more focused on the stories they were tell in with the lyrics than producing bangers. This album stands up on it’s own, but you can hear the direction they’re heading in.

Have you listened to this album before?

NK: Yes, but it certainly isn’t my favourite Kinks album.

CL: No.

Standout track

NK: I quite like ‘Two Sisters’ with the strange harpsichord and the story of two very different lives. ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and ‘Death of A Clown’ were the singles from this, and they’re probably the next best.

CL: Hmmm. ‘David Watts’ is ok – ‘Harry Rag’ is terribly annoying – and ‘Tin Soldier’ got stuck in my head. ‘Waterloo Sunset’ is easily the best of course, it’s just a shame that you have to listen to the whole album before you get to it.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

NK: I had this on while I finally sorted through all the stupid christmas presents my family gave me (a copy of Smash Mouth’s ‘Astro Lounge’, three copies of the secret diary of Adrian Mole) and it was good for that. It’s pretty laid back and relaxing. Not so much if you listen to the lyrics though.

CL: I think if you’re in London-town and the sun is going down over that dirty old river. That’s a good time. 

Why has this album been included on the list?

NK: The Kinks were pretty strange. This is another collection of weird stories, and they certainly seem more committed to doing their little character sketches than they do to writing hits. I don’t think this album is that interesting musically, but the lyrics are certainly not your standard boy loves girl fare.

CL: I don’t really see how this is much of a departure from their previous album on this list, Face to Face. I get it, you’re all about being twee and english and making observations about how very twee and english life in england is. It doesn’t do much for me.

Will you be listening again?  

NK: I don’t think so. I’d rather Lola vs Powerman, or some of their earlier stuff.

CL: No. Sorry guys.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Something Else on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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