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Certain Songs #846: The Kinks – “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”

Album: The Kinks Greatest Hits
Year: 1966

In late 1965 and early 1966, The Kinks released a pair of singles that were as unlike their earliest material as “Till The End of The Day” was (superficially) like it. Both songs featured prominent acoustic guitars, social commentary and an definite country influence, to boot.

The first one, “A Well Respected Man,” wasn’t even released as a single in the U.K. because it confused their record company so much. But the second one, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” was such an arrow aimed at the heart of swinging London (and maybe even their rivals who were pretending to be mods), it went top 5 in the U.K.