We’re running with the Kinks today. I wonder what they’re running away from on that cover anyway. I guess it was the graffiti, again! They also used a graffiti themed cover on the previous release, Give the People What They Want.
State of Confusion was more later day Kinks. This release was an album that I really liked. They were still putting out good music until the end. Ray Davies continues to get it done to this day. His album from a few years ago, Working Man’s Café, is brilliant.
But I digress. State of Confusion actually had the highest charting single in Kinks history. Yes, that is correct. “Come Dancing” peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top 100 singles chart. It tied, “Tired of Waiting” at that spot. I would have lost a boatload of money if you asked me that one. I would have guessed “Lola,” ” All Day and All of the Night” or “You Really Got Me.”
Back during this era, 1983, I used to see many Chicago Blackhawk games at the old barn, aka Chicago Stadium. Then captain, Denis Savard was known for his creative skating. Evertime he would do his Spino-o-rama, the organist would quickly play out Come Dancing. I caught it. I don’t know who else did. But that wasn’t as obscure as when this player named Craig Ludwig came to town. I saw him get beat up once on the ice and then our creative minded organist played Todd Rundgren’s Bang On the Drum All Day. Ludwig, get it?
The kinks at this time were Ray and his brother Dave Davies on guitars, Mick Avory on drums, Jim Rodford, bass and Ian Gibbons, keys.
Ray Davies wrote and produced the complete effort.
The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts.
–– Larry Carta
All songs by Ray Davies
- “State of Confusion” – 3:41
- “Definite Maybe” – 4:27
- “Labour of Love” – 3:54
- “Come Dancing” – 3:54
- “Property” – 4:19
- “Don’t Forget to Dance” – 4:34
- “Young Conservatives” – 3:58
- “Heart of Gold” – 4:02
- “Clichés of the World (B Movie)” – 4:51
- “Bernadette” – 3:41
- Ray Davies : lead vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesizer, piano
- Dave Davies : lead guitar, vocals (lead on “Bernadette”)
- Mick Avory : drums
- Jim Rodford : bass guitar
- Ian Gibbons : keyboards
- See write ups on other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members
- See more from 1983
- Great Kinks Website by Dave Emien
- See our write up of Ray Davies, Working Man’s Cafe
Here are some albums to check out from other Hall of Famers.