The Kinks released their 24th and final studio album, ‘Phobia,’ in the U.S. 25 years ago today. As you know, “Come Dancing” sounded very British, but not too British to become a hit in America, from State of Confusion, 1983
Ray Davies’ inspiration for “Come Dancing” was his elder sister Rene, who was devoted to dancing in the days before rock and roll. Davies says that while everything about the song reflects his London upbringing, Americans could still relate to the story the song told.
“That was just written about London — just written and sung in a very London accent — and it became one of our biggest hits. So that’s not a barrier. People always said, ‘If you sound too English, you won’t make it in the American charts,’ or ‘You won’t reach people.’ And that proved that wrong.”