Paul Revere & the Raiders

Kicks

Composed by Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil

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The songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were two of the most successful in pop music in the early '60s, having written such hits as "You've Lost That Lovin Feelin," "Uptown," and "On Broadway" to name a few. Likewise, Paul Revere and the Raiders were also at the pinnacle of their existence with a hit AM radio rocker and a featured spot on the TV show Where the Action Is. In March of 1966, the Mann/Weil-penned anti-drug song "Kicks" peaked at number four, the highest position to date on the Billboard charts for Paul Revere and the Raiders. As far as the Raiders' musical standard went, "Kicks" embraced the good-time guitar garage rock heard previously on their hit "Just Like Me," but it also focused on closer harmonies with a less raucous melodic arrangement. "Kicks"' lyrics, however, would be the antheisis of a burgeoning new consciousness that would soon deem all involved with the previous outlook immediately outdated. For better or worse, mind expansion was in the air, and it was about to be embraced by an audience ready to turn in its Beatlemania wigs for a future paved by the creative revelations of Revolver and Sgt. Pepper. It would only be a matter of months before weirdo bands from places like experimental San Francisco would preach the exact opposite message delivered in "Kicks." The commercial success that came along with songs like "White Rabbit," "Along Comes Mary," and "Eight Miles High" made the Raiders appear... STABLISHMENT. "Kicks" is one of the handful of overtly anti-'60s pop songs recorded in its own time, along with Sgt Barry Sadlers' "Ballad of the Green Berets," which had hit the charts one month earlier. Ironically, a revamped lineup of the Raiders would have its first number one hit with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)," which desperately tried to make up for a lack of '60s social consciousness -- in the summer of 1971.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Midnight Ride 1966 Sundazed 2:31
Greatest Hits [Original] 1967 Columbia 2:26
Rock On! [Columbia] 1972
Various Artists
Columbia
No Image 1983 Edsel 2:31
Classic Rock: 1966 1987
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:24
Rockin' 60's [Sony Special Products] 1989
Various Artists
Columbia Special Products / Columbia 2:24
Legend of Paul Revere 1990 Columbia/Legacy 2:26
The 60's Revisited: HMV 1991
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:24
The Brill Building Sound 1993
Various Artists
Era Records 2:26
Party On 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:26
The Essential Ride '63-'67 1995 Columbia/Legacy 2:43
Greatest Hits Live 1996 Remember Records 2:42
70's Rock [Madacy 1997] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
Global Rock, Vol. 4: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Greatest Hits [Eclipse] 1997 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication)
Classic 60's: Blowin' Your Mind 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 2:24
Hear It Now! The Sound of the '60s 1999
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 2:28
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Ace 3:46
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:29
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:24
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
Classic Rock: Hits of 1966 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:46
Rock 'n' Roll 60's Flashback 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:46
12 Classic Tracks 2000 Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra / Purple Pyramid 4:36
Super Hits 2000 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. / Sony Music 2:26
'60s Jukebox 2001
Various Artists
Boca Boys 2:40
Wild Thing [WJS] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 2:48
Jukebox Hits of the '60s [Collectalbes] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:24
Red, White & Rock 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 2:45
Best of the 1960's [Direct Source 2003] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 2:48
Top Hits of the Sixties: Chart Toppers 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:28
Rock N Roll Reunion 1966 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:45
Rock 'N' Roll Drive 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:45
1960s Happy Days, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:43
Gold Collection: Party Classics 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:45
Happy Days of the 60s [2-CD] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:26
60's the Decade of Love and Music 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:27
Music from the Vietnam War Years, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:23
Legends: 60's Jukebox Legends 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:44
Classic Rock Collection 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:47
Kicks/Shake It Up 2006 Magic
60's Flower Power [Direct Source 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:45
Sensational Sixties [BMG Special Products] 2006
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:28
Rock N Roll of the 50s & 60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
The Classic Sixties Collection: '60s Flashback 2006
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Greatest Hits [KRB] 2007 KRB Music 2:47
Havin' a 60's Party 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Custom Marketing Group 2:27
Top Hits of the 60s: Chart Toppers 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 2:28
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:23
Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Vol. 6: Bandstand Boogie 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:23
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:27
60s Summer of Love 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
Rock and Roll: 50's and 60's 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
No Image 2008 Magic
Hungry for Kicks: Singles & Choice Cuts 1965-69 2009 Rev-Ola Records 2:28
Here They Come!/Midnight Ride 2009 SPV / SPV Yellow Label 2:28
The Complete Columbia Singles 2010 Friday Music
The Essential Paul Revere & the Raiders 2011 Columbia / Legacy 2:30
Pure... Psychedelic Rock 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:27
Ultimate 16: Best of the '60s 2012
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:50
Pure... 60s 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:28
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Time/Life Music 2:27
Honey Honey: The Sound of Bubblegum Pop 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 2:27
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:27
Evolution to Revolution: 5 Classic Albums 2013 Raven Records 2:27
100 Essential Tracks: 60's
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: Peace & Love
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel
Essential Radio Hits of the 60s
Various Artists
Classic Music Company / MVD Audio 2:23
Essential Radio Hits of the 60s, Vol. 5
Various Artists
MVD Audio 2:23
Global Rock, Vol. 4-6: From London to L.A.
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
No Image
Various Artists
CPL 2:23
Party Rock: Kicks
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:27
No Image
Various Artists
Columbia
The  Battle of the Giants
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:28
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