I'm Not Like Everybody Else (3:29)

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“I’m Not Like Everybody Else” is a song written by Ray Davies and first recorded by The Kinks in 1966.

Davies had written the song for The Animals, but it was turned down, so the Kinks released their own version with guitarist Dave Davies on lead vocals. This went against the norm where each brother usually sang songs they had written themselves. Later performances of the song were sung by Ray, with Dave providing backing vocals and Eric Clapton influenced guitar solos. Both the Davies brothers continue to perform the song in their solo concerts.

The song was first released as the B-side to their single “Sunny Afternoon” but soon became a favourite and was often part of the Kinks live act. Ray Davies continues to play the song regularly and has been using the song as an opening number in his 2006-2008 solo live appearances.

The song has been included on many compilations including Sunny Afternoon in the UK in 1967, The Great Lost Kinks Album in the US in 1973 and the 2002 greatest hits release The Ultimate Collection. It also appears as a bonus track on the 1998 CD reissue of Face to Face and the 2011 deluxe edition of The Kink Kontroversy.


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I won't take all that they hand me down
Make out a smile, though I wear a frown
And I'm not gonna take it all lying down
'Cause once I get started, I go to town

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