Dandy

Album: Face To Face (1966)

Songfacts®:

  • Running to just 2 minutes 22 seconds, "Dandy" was written by Ray Davies, and is the third track on the band's 1966 Face To Face album. It is said to have been written about Dave Davies, in particular about his rock star lifestyle, a claim Dave confirmed in the documentary Dave Davies: Kinkdom Come, which was first broadcast by the BBC in July 2011.

    The song ends with the line "...Dandy, you're all right".

    Sadly, this sentiment was not reciprocated; in the aforementioned documentary, Dave Davies said that he loved his brother, even though he was an arsehole! >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • "Dandy" was released as a single in Europe on the Pye label backed by "Party Line." The single was produced by Shel Talmy, who worked on most of the early Kinks material. The release reached #1 in Germany, #2 in Belgium and #3 in the Netherlands.
  • Herman's Hermits covered this for the North American market. Their version reached #5 on the US Hot 100 and also topped the singles chart in Canada.
  • Ray Davies told interviewer Daniel Rachel (The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters) how he came up with the "Dandy" character: "I think it was about someone, probably me, who needed to make up his mind about relationships. Also about my brother, who was flitting from one girl to another. It's a more serious song than it seems. It's about a man who's trapped by his own indecision with relationships and lack of commitment. That's the way I'd write it now, but when I was twenty-two or twenty-three I wrote it about a jovial person who's a womanizer."

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