Writer: Ray Davies
Producer: Ray Davies
Recorded: Late 1982/early 1983 at Konk Studios in London, England
Released: May 1983
|Players:||Ray Davies–vocals, guitar, keyboards
Dave Davies–guitar, vocals
|Album:||State Of Confusion (Arista, 1983)|
“Come Dancing,” Ray Davies‘s sentimental ode to his sister Gwen‘s dating habits and the local dance hall in their Muswell Hill neighborhood was one of the Kinks‘ biggest hits. It reached Number Six on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was bolstered by MTV’s embrace of its promotional video, which featured Davies portraying his wayward Uncle Frank.
Surprisingly, it initially flopped in Britain. It wasn’t until the single had success in the U.S. and was re-released in the Kinks’ homeland that “Come Dancing” courted any favor, ultimately reaching Number 12 on the U.K. pop chart–the Kinks’ best showing there in 11 years.
The song remembers warmly the innocence of Davies’ youth–when the dance hall was torn down, he notes, “part of my childhood dies.” But he ends the song on a happy note, vowing to take his sister–now grown and with children–out to dance to remember old times.
The success of “Come Dancing” also boosted the State Of Confusion album, which reached Number 12 on the Billboard 200–a showing the Kinks have not equaled or bettered since.