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I’m Not Like Everybody Else by The Kinks: Great B-Sides

The Kinks formed in Muswell Hill, London, in 1964. They launched their career with hard-driving rock and roll like ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘All Day and All of the Night’, songs that are considered as landmarks in the development of hard rock and heavy metal. By 1966, The Kinks were evolving, with their sound mellowing and Ray Davies’ songs tending toward social commentary.

Their 1966 album Face to Face has been credited as the first rock and roll concept album, due to Davies’ focus on social commentary. The record company’s acceptance of Davies’ shift towards a softer style was helped by the success of the advance single ‘Sunny Afternoon’. The music hall flavoured song pushed The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ from number one, and was the highest selling UK single of summer 1966.

The b-side of ‘Sunny Afternoon’ was different in feel. Sung by Dave Davies, ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ is described by Wikipedia as a “defiant anthem of non-conformity.” Dave Davies’ vocals are rawer than his brother’s, and suit the song’s angry tone, rasping out lines like “I won’t take it all lying down/’Cause once I get started I go to town.”

‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ also sounds great in later live versions. Dave Davies’ voice had thickened, and the grungier tones of this live version from 1994’s To The Bone suit the song.

‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ hasn’t languished in obscurity – The Kinks often performed it live, and it’s been featured on several compilations. It’s also been covered many times, including versions by The Chocolate Watch Band and Camper Van Beethoven.

I’m Not Like Everybody Else Lyrics

I won’t take all that they hand me down
And make out a smile, though I wear a frown
And I won’t take it all lying down
‘Cause once I get started I go to town

‘Cause I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else

And I don’t want to ball about like everybody else
And I don’t want to live my life like everybody else
And I won’t say that I feel fine like everybody else
‘Cause I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else

But darling, you know that I love you true
Do anything that you want me to
Confess all my sins like you want me to
There’s one thing that I will say to you

I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else

And I don’t want to ball about like everybody else
And I don’t want to live my life like everybody else
And I won’t say that I feel fine like everybody else
‘Cause I’m not like everybody else

I’m not like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else

If you all want me to settle down
Slow up and stop all my running ’round
Do everything like you want me to
There’s one thing that I will say to you

I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else
I’m not like everybody else

And I don’t want to ball about like everybody else
And I don’t want to live my life like everybody else
And I won’t say that I feel fine like everybody else
‘Cause I’m not like everybody else

I’m not like everybody else
Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else (like everybody else)

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20 thoughts on “I’m Not Like Everybody Else by The Kinks: Great B-Sides Leave a comment

  1. I never heard this one. Love his throaty vocals and delivery. This is better than a B side. I like the guitar sound on the original also. The one I know by him singing the most is Death of a Clown.
    I’ve never heard his solo stuff.

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  2. This might actually be my favourite Kinks song – specifically the To The Bone version which I discovered thanks to The Sopranos (which also featured another great Kinks tune Livin On a Thin Line)

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