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The Kinks — I'm Not Like Everybody Else
Album: Face To Face (2004 remaster)
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Released: 1966
Length: 3:24
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I won't take all that they hand me down
And make out I smile, though I wear a frown
And I'm not gonna take it all lying down
'Cause once I get started, I go to town

'Cause I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

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
I'm not like everybody else

But darling, you know that I love you true
And do anything that you want me to
Confess all my sins like you want me to
There's one thing that I will say to you
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
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
I'm not like everybody else

Like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else
Like everybody else

If you all want me to settle down
Slow up and stop all my running 'round
Do everything like you want me to
There's one thing that I will say to you
I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else

I'm not like everybody else
I'm not like everybody else
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
I'm not like everybody else

Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else (like everybody else)
Like everybody else
Comments (198)add comment
Can't stand this tune. Not because of the lyrics, which I love, but it's just such a noisy irritating sound.
 sarran1955 wrote:
I hope they play this at my funeral....
 

Write it in your testament... ;-)
I hope they play this at my funeral....
 Stingray wrote:


westslope wrote:Adolescent anguish.


and...?
 
Nothing really.  It is yet another hormone-influenced stage of life.

Here is the reward.  You survived intact and... I dunno learned a thing along the way.... then you can look back on how much older you were back then and how much younger you are now.    Works for me.  


Is that a h/t or an apology to Bob Dylan?
We get it already! 
this song reminds me of the time my gramma told me she was a 15th century vampiress..she said"get em while they're fresh buddy boy"..she then began to spit orange seeds from her chair and wailed about magic..good times,thank you gramma and the kinks too I guess.
Was great when they used it for Tony Soprano. Perfect!
 yofitofu wrote:
I'm not like everybody else, which is why I wrote this repetitive pop song in 1-4-5.
 
And dressed just like everybody else.
I'm not like everybody else, which is why I wrote this repetitive pop song in 1-4-5.
Romantic individualism.
 thewiseking wrote:
Well, with your mod hair, beatle boots and attitude ya kinda were like everybody else, no?
Yes.  And I'm glad it's over.

Very weak song. Love the Kinks though, ten years ahead of their time.
 Michael_Dean wrote:
It's this kind of "rational" that inspired the stupid murder of John Lennon.
 
What?  By the way,the word you were probably looking for is spelled "rationale".  
 thewiseking wrote:
Well, with your mod hair, beatle boots and attitude ya kinda were like everybody else, no?

 
No.
Nostalgia rules here, great B Side.
Great to hear this track again, thanks RP
Hector 
 NickDanger wrote:
Thanks! This song was running through my mind just 2 days ago. Nice to hear it here on RP.

 
Happens to me all the time too. {#Bananajam}
Well, with your mod hair, beatle boots and attitude ya kinda were like everybody else, no?
 kcar wrote:
Who's singing for most of this? Because when Ray chimes in a few times right at the end, it's a blessed relief.  

 
That's his brother, Dave. His singing is OK by me on this.
Reminds of that Sopranos episode that featured this song.
Thanks! This song was running through my mind just 2 days ago. Nice to hear it here on RP.
Great Kinks tune. All those who thought 1976 was the birth of Punk should take a listen to this biting Kinks classic. There is however a far superior live version of this track on YouTube that has all the anger and emotion that this version lacks.
Who's singing for most of this? Because when Ray chimes in a few times right at the end, it's a blessed relief.  
This is great, but for me the Chocolate Watch Band's version is better. Would love to hear that on RP.
{#Music} Incredible! Such a good song from the year when my parents wasn't even planning having a child... :))
Love the Kinks {#Hearteyes}

I doesn't sound 50 years old, does it?
The reason I love this song (besides because it's the Kinks) is because we all think we're not like everybody else. They go about trying to exclaim it, but in doing so they are really showing that we all are like everybody else.   
{#Dancingbanana} My anthem!
Does any other single song capture so well the implicit drive to conform of the 60s counter culture?
 Michael_Dean wrote:
It's this kind of "rational" that inspired the stupid murder of John Lennon.

 
YOU F.in WHAT?
please explain.
.
.
.
In looking for the Camper Van Beethoven version (cause i'd never heard it) i found this live version by The Kinks -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFkYoT5Gezo

The Camper Van Beethoven version can be found here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3rmEa64pGU
(but it didn't really get me)

It's this kind of "rational" that inspired the stupid murder of John Lennon.
the tune for disc №3 or 4 in the imaginary "Kinks Greatest Hits".5.
I repeat myself like everybody else...
This song would sound cool with a punk rock treatment.
Not the Kinks most shining of moments in song craft. A solid 2.
 Caturman wrote:
I kinda like this, thank god i'm not like everybody else ;)
 
scene from "Life of Brian": "You don't need to follow anybody! You're all different!" "We're all different!"


1966
I love seeing the year
Amazing
Much respect 
 FatPants wrote:
Camper Van did a good remake of this tune.

 
Agreed.
"Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist."


Ralph Waldo Emerson
Camper Van did a good remake of this tune.
Not a great tune but a '60s classic nonetheless. It's angry but pointed. It's a Well-Respected Man with a bad attitude. 
Love this song!  {#Good-vibes}
After the 20th time Ray sang he's not like everybody else, I got it.  Didn't need the last 10.
Not my favorite Kinks song but a refreshing break from You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and all the other Kinks' klassics 
Freedom Rock?

Please stop screeching. Your sickening adolescent voice make me want to put on some steel toe shoes and kick the hell out of my speakers.
I had to put my hand over the speaker.
What goes around, comes around.
Song is very contemporary.
Dig it. 
I kinda like this, thank god i'm not like everybody else ;)
PRE PUNK PERFECT{#Ass}
who said so - just you ninny head. 
gadly wrote:
Sounds like a bratty self-centred high school kid shouting into the mic. I clicked STOP when this came on.

 


You really don't got me. 
This sounds like it was recorded in a submerged phone booth.
Still, it's a nice curio, an echo of the free-spirit era. Glad it's in the rotation, it keeps the memories of those days alive.  
 Geecheeboy wrote:
I think everybody feels like that.

 
I don't.
I think everybody feels like that.
 gadly wrote:
Sounds like a bratty self-centred high school kid shouting into the mic. I clicked STOP when this came on.
 
Thats what i mean!
Like the Kinks, but this is so bad arrangement and the sound is terrible!
you ain't all that special either
Sounds like a bratty self-centred high school kid shouting into the mic. I clicked STOP when this came on.
 rdo wrote:


{#Clap}
 
{#Notworthy}
 rcsmiles wrote:
my comment is i dont  want this program all i want is to listen to music not purchase anything so delete m i would myself if i new how
 
 

{#Clap}
my comment is i dont  want this program all i want is to listen to music not purchase anything so delete m i would myself if i new how
 
 dw wrote:
Doesn't someone else sing this?  I think I heard a version that I like more than this one.
 
camper van beethoven
Doesn't someone else sing this?  I think I heard a version that I like more than this one.
So many good Kinks songs to choose from . . .

And this??

And people complain about They Might Be Giants?

Oy!
10!
Umm, well wrong actually.........
https://youtu.be/DJ69kSzms1w
 The_Enemy wrote:
Brian: "Look, you've got it all wrong! You don't need to follow me... 
You've got to think for yourselves! You're all individuals!" 

Crowd: "Yes! We're all individuals!" 

Brian: "You're all different!" 

Crowd: "Yes! We're all different!" 

Man: "I'm not." 

Crowd: "Shhh!"
 

perfect...{#Lol}
Kinks = 8
This song = 2
Rating= 5

Brian: "Look, you've got it all wrong! You don't need to follow me... 
You've got to think for yourselves! You're all individuals!" 

Crowd: "Yes! We're all individuals!" 

Brian: "You're all different!" 

Crowd: "Yes! We're all different!" 

Man: "I'm not." 

Crowd: "Shhh!"
 Rotterdam wrote:

Well yeah, but to be honest, this is exactly how my mind worked when I was a teenager. So maybe this is a good song for people who are at that time of life or can remember being like this.
 
I get that and I am sure my current age is why I can't deal with the song now...

well, I for one, I'm glad to be like  everybody else who's happy that this song is over! {#Lol}
 sbegf wrote:

Obviously you really, really like the kinks, but how many times can one person hear the same line "I'm not like everybody else" over and over again.  Especially when that person has already heard the same song way too many times.

I appreciate the kinks, but this song just gets under my skin because of its repetitiveness
 
Well yeah, but to be honest, this is exactly how my mind worked when I was a teenager. So maybe this is a good song for people who are at that time of life or can remember being like this.
Seriously at a loss for lyrics and an good melody, but other than that... no

 contractor07 wrote:
ok he is not like everybody else, I GOT IT, NO NEED TO POUND IT IN MY HEAD {#Mrgreen}
 
Ha, yea...Exactly! 

 Stingray wrote:


Wishes to MONGOLIA - please do not come visiting!
BUM!
 
Obviously you really, really like the kinks, but how many times can one person hear the same line "I'm not like everybody else" over and over again.  Especially when that person has already heard the same song way too many times.

I appreciate the kinks, but this song just gets under my skin because of its repetitiveness

ok he is not like everybody else, I GOT IT, NO NEED TO POUND IT IN MY HEAD {#Mrgreen}
Anyone out there notice how many bad internet radio stations are out there?  Feel free to rate this song. 6 for me.{#Bananajam}
 sirdroseph wrote:
I really don't like the Kinks, but I do like a few of their songs ok and this is one of them.
 

Wishes to MONGOLIA - please do not come visiting!
BUM!
 westslope wrote:
Adolescent anguish.
 

and...?
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
I do not like this one!   mute
 

Here is my Christmas-present for you!

"TASTE"
"10" - no question!
 xtalman wrote:
I generally like the Kinks, this not so much.
 
Roger that. And this recording stinks.
My theme song.
{#Moon}
 tonypf wrote:


Ahh....no.
 

Uhhhh, yes. This band is the posterchild for overrated. They are an ok sixties band, nothing more, nothing less.
 tonypf wrote:

Yeah... these guys are pretty overrated.
 

tzzzzz...!

Some people are simple "too much" 
...like everybody else!

I generally like the Kinks, this not so much.
I do not like this one!   mute

NOT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND
WHY I LOVE THIS SONG...!
"9"


 whtahtefcuk wrote:
not good
 

yea, the last comment I made was hearing this song for the first time in many years, hearing it twice in a couple of months has corrected my opinion!{#Lol}  Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present THE most overrated band in history.........The Kinks!{#Clap}
not good
If they would have continued in this vein, they'd have been like almost everybody else who was in a band.  Not famous. This song sucks so hard I can hear the amp sound cones vibrating in reverse. Listen closely, you'll hear it, too! {#Yes}
 daveesh wrote:
this might just be the first punk rock song ever.
 

You'd have to go futher back than this gem. Start with "Tear it Up" by the Rock and Roll Trio (with Johnny Burnette) from 1956.
 Excelsior wrote:


Yeah... these guys are pretty overrated.
 

Ahh....no.
the sticker on my laptop says:
"Remember you are unique...
                                                just like everybody else....
WONDERFUL....!

PURE SIXTIES!
 dboseman wrote:
One of my favorite Kinks songs, but why can't I buy it?  I've been trying for years but it's not available on Itunes.  Do they want us to steal?  I want to PAY for it.
 
you could try the library system?

Adolescent anguish.
this might just be the first punk rock song ever.
One of my favorite Kinks songs, but why can't I buy it?  I've been trying for years but it's not available on Itunes.  Do they want us to steal?  I want to PAY for it.
I really don't like the Kinks, but I do like a few of their songs ok and this is one of them.

Yup — I am glad we are not like everybody else then - I agree...
{#Wall}

 
crockydile wrote:

Yeah, a bit more singing and less screaming would help.

 


 suebee3 wrote:
Just plain horrible IMHO
 
Yeah, a bit more singing and less screaming would help.

Just plain horrible IMHO
Awful sound! Needs to become released!
Some of the early Stones stuff sounds pretty nasty sound quality wise also so it wasn't just the Kinks. I do think the Kinks were trying for a certain amount of grunge in songs like this however. Doesn't make me like the song any less but better sound quality would be nice on some of their stuff.
 copymonkey wrote:


Good post kcar. That's one of the things that always frustrated me about The Kinks, even their more ambitious records sound really crappy. If Ray and Dave were doing it on purpose, that would be one thing, but it just always seemed kind of lazy to me. If you're going to take the time to write great songs—which they did—why not put a little more effort into making them sound better?
 
A band whose live stuff is usually better than it's studio output.  Rare actually. 

Back in the day, Dave shredded his amp speakers to get the distortion that he wanted.  The alledged originator of Heavy Metal guitar with the track You Really Got Me.

 kcar wrote:


I've read that the Kinks often recorded in the studio with less than ideal equipment, which lead to an inferior sound and in the long run, less long-term fame. Their records sound more dated than their contemporaries.

All the above could be quite wrong, but the Kinks deserve more recognition and airplay these days...
 

Good post kcar. That's one of the things that always frustrated me about The Kinks, even their more ambitious records sound really crappy. If Ray and Dave were doing it on purpose, that would be one thing, but it just always seemed kind of lazy to me. If you're going to take the time to write great songs—which they did—why not put a little more effort into making them sound better?
 stkman wrote:
lol allways liked Rays songs but am I to assume since he's not like everybody else that everybody else is the same?
 

No, the logic does not follow. If everyone is unique, then no one is like everybody else, however, that is wishing for too much.
tis true

we are unique

Just like everybody else
Cali came to London, or was it the other way 'round?
Everybody says that.

lol allways liked Rays songs but am I to assume since he's not like everybody else that everybody else is the same?
Oh wow. A new theme song. I love it. Thanks Bill for turning me on to this one.
 ajlept wrote:

And I wanna be like Superman.....

 
...my celluloid hero.

 More_Cowbell wrote:
Because I am an Ape man.
 
And I wanna be like Superman.....

Yes you are.{#Devil_pimp}
Excelsior wrote:
Yeah... these guys are pretty overrated.
WHOA, hold the phone there. This song ain't such a great song but the Kinks have a wide and deep catalog of music that is relevant today. Under-rated imo.
I love how the live version of this song was used in Sopranos: (click here) And yes, the french dubbing is hilarious! :lol: