The Kinks

I'm Not Like Everybody Else

Song Review by

”I’m Not Like Everybody Else” Ray Davies (1966)

”I’m Not Like Everybody Else” was first released as the B-side to the British number one single, ”Sunny Afternoon” in early June of 1966. The infamously cantankerous relationship between Ray Davies and his younger brother and band mate Dave seems to have had it’s moments of truce. The dominant older sibling had allowed Dave to sing lead on ”Milk Cow Blues” and ”I Am Free” from their previous album and here offers up the flipside to The Kinks most successful single in a year and a half. This exposure would later seem to help Dave Davies to muster enough confidence to contribute some of his own material to the group’s next album, the superb Something Else. That being said, ”I’m Not Like Everybody Else” seems to have been written with brother Dave in mind. The track has a kind of brooding menace about it as the lyrics play into the younger brothers hedonistic nature and seething discontent as he warns in little, bad boy voice, “I don’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 when I get started I go to town” The music’s almost lilting sadness in the verse builds with slow ominous chord changes that releases into a stomping double time chorus where Dave Davies lays down husky voiced declarations of independence, “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” The track ends on a rave up of defiance, the band surging behind chiming guitars, hand claps and passionate call and response vocals between brothers Ray and Dave. –Tom Maginnis

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1965 Rhino 3:25
The Kink Kontroversy 1965 Sanctuary 0:00
Face to Face 1966 Pye 0:00
No Image 1980 Hallmark Recordings
No Image 1984
Kinks-Size/Kinkdom 1988 Rhino
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 [Rhino] 1989 Rhino 3:27
Fab Forty: The Singles Collection 1964-1970 1990 Charly Records
Complete Collection 1992 Castle Music Ltd. 3:28
To the Bone 1994 Guardian / Angel 0:00
You Really Got Me: The Very Best of the Kinks 1994 Edsel 3:27
The EP Collection, Vol. 1 1998 Essential Records
No Image 1998 Neue Revue 3:00
No Image 2002 Universal Distribution
Picture Book [Box Set] 2008 Sanctuary 3:28
The Anthology 1964-1971 2014 BMG / Sanctuary / Sony Music 3:27