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"Come Dancing"

US 7" 45 Cover
Single by The Kinks
from the album State of Confusion
B-side "Noise" (R. Davies)
Released November 19, 1982 (U.K.)
April 21, 1983 (U.S.)
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded October 1982 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
Genre Rock and roll
Length 3:54 (LP version), 4:27 (12" single)
3:59 (UK 7" single), 3:44 (US single)
Label Arista ARIST 502 (U.K.)
Arista AS 1054 (U.S.)
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
(UK, 1981)
"Better Things"
(US, 1981)
"Come Dancing"
"Don't Forget to Dance"
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Come Dancing is a 1982 song performed by British Rock group The Kinks, released as a single in that year in the UK and 1983 in the US and included on their album State of Confusion.


Song themes and meaning

The song is a nostalgic look back at childhood memories of writer Ray Davies, remembering his older sister going on dates to the local Palais dance hall where big bands would play. The lyrics tell how the Palais has been demolished and his sister now has her own daughters who are going on dates.

Chart success

The song was something of a comeback for The Kinks, being their first UK top 20 hit in over ten years (reaching number 11) and its number 6 peak on the US chart was their highest there since "Tired of Waiting for You" made the same position in 1965. It also made the top 10 in Canada (#6) and the top 20 in Sweden and Belgium. Such success was most likely spurred on in the US by the accompanying MTV Music Video, which was continually pushed and broadcast (in the style of early MTV). The song has, over the years, become one of the most popular songs on Classic Rock Radio, and remains so today.

Different edits

The song is available in many edits of the same version. The version included on the State of Confusion album (and used on all compilations since) is an edit running to 3:54. The full length version running to 4:27 was released on a UK 12" single with the UK and US 7" singles using different, shorter edits. A demo version (running to 4:40) was also released in 2008 on the Picture Book CD box set.


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