Thursdays “Classic” Rock Songs: “(Paranoia) the Destroyer” by The Kinks

Destroyer (The Kinks song) - Wikipedia

I was instantly attracted to this song. Well as a Kinks fan since the day I heard them play “You Really Got Me”, this song made a lot of sense, especially after “Lola”. And what profound truths it states, for if paranoia is not a destroyer, what on earth is! It makes you sense what is not felt, see what is not present and hear what has not made a sound. It does go something like that, right…

So, if you meet a girl named Lola and you take her back to your place, you can be sure you will wake up the next day suffering an incurable case of paranoia. After all, you must already know that there is CC TV on every street, cameras everywhere, hidden microphones and curious blokes with dark specs looking at you from behind their Daily Mail…

Well, the official name of the song is “Destroyer”, written by Ray Davies and released in 1981 and included in their album Give the People What They Want, The Kinks nineteenth studio album. Actually, the song was only released as a single in the US. In the UK, “Destroyer” was available only when the album was released there in January 1982.

It was a powerful song, in my opinion, with stolen riffs from their previous songs as well as words and characters. But it had a heavier sound, more metallic and louder than most of their earlier tunes. Although to me The Kinks were always the real “bad boys” with a more punk/heavy rock sound than even the early Rolling Stones, and I am talking back in the sixties when all of these British bands began to take rock and roll to another level…

So, here is the song. And your turn to tell me what you think…



  1. Jules bercy · November 26

    very amazing song👍

  2. Brad Osborne · November 26

    I agree that this song in particular helped many crossover to the Kinks sound. Though still edgy and laced with their punk roots, it has a classic rock sound leaning heavily on the electric guitar chorus and solos. A classic song readily recognized by anyone with ears! Well written, my friend!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 26

      I’m glad you liked it Brad, and thank you so much. Yes, they had been doing some things a little bit more experimental, maybe, but not as edgy and rough sounding as Destroyer…take good care and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family my friend.
      All the best,

  3. beth · November 26

    I loved the kinks!

  4. tiffanyarpdaleo · November 26

    I’ve been waiting for you to do a Kinks post, one of my favorite songs, and bands!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · November 26

      Mine too Tiffany…there’s still a lot of good songs and bands out there, any suggestions? And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂

  5. cincinnatibabyhead · December 1

    Yes Francisco a very good choice. You do know that Ray Davies is an ‘Art Lover’ also. Later CB

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · December 1

      Thank you CB, I appreciate that and no, I had no idea about Ray Davies being an art lover, maybe he paints as well, I’ll look that up. All the best to you my friend!

      • cincinnatibabyhead · December 1

        ‘Art Lover’ is a bit of an obscure Kinks song. Beautiful. Keep up the good work. I really want to bracket more time with your takes. So much good stuff .

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · December 1

        Hey! Thanks so much my friend! I really appreciate it. Ok, so “Art Lover” is a song, good, I’ll look it up then, take good care CB and all the best,

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