Friday, March 11, 2016

"Don't Forget to Dance" by The Kinks

Song#:  1577
Date:  08/20/1983
Debut:  71
Peak:  29
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The Kinks got their fifth Pop Top 10 hit with "Come Dancing," a tune from their LP State of Confusion. As that song would serve as the band's final Pop Top 10, this next single would end up being their last Pop Top 40 entry. That ballad couldn't hit the heights of "Come Dancing," but it would end up just inside the Top 30 while hitting #16 Rock and #23 AC. The singles would help make the album their second best charting in the US (#12).

ReduxReview:  I wasn't really into The Kinks so when this song came out, I just ignored it. That's too bad because it is a lovely ballad. I agree with Ray Davies that it should not have been the lead single (see below), but I also agree with Clive Davis that it was a solid single choice. It should have done better on the chart. I'm not sure why it could only muster a #29 showing (probably because of folks like me who ignored it!). Hearing it now, it reminds me of a song that would hit #3 the following year - The Cars' "Drive."

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  As The Kinks readied State of Confusion for Arista, label head Clive Davis wanted this song to be the lead single from the LP. However, band leader Ray Davies wanted "Come Dancing" as the first single. Davis considered that song too slight and just a minor ditty and didn't think it would go anywhere. Somehow, Davies convinced the prickly label head to lead the album off with "Come Dancing" and it ended up in the Top 10. Davis' choice was then issued as the second single and even though it did okay, it wasn't nearly the hit he thought it might be.


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