On this day in music history: June 10, 1983 – “State Of Confusion”, the nineteenth studio album by The Kinks is released. Produced by Ray Davies, it is recorded at Konk Studios in London and Grand Slam Studios in East Orange, NJ in Mid 1981, September 1982 – March 1983. Having regained their career momentum in the late 70’s after signing with Arista Records, the veteran UK rock band achieves their greatest commercial success in the US nearly twenty years after their initial breakthrough in the mid 60’s. Beginning with “Low Budget” in 1979, they score the second Gold album of their career, following it with the live set “One For The Road” in 1980 and “Give The People What They Want” in late 1981. The tour to support the latter album concludes with The Kinks performing at the US Festival in May of 1983 in front of an audience of over 200,000 people. With the bands exposure at an all time high, they release their next studio album. State Of Confusion’s first single “Come Dancing” becomes a big hit on US radio and MTV peaking at #6 on the Hot 100, nearly thirteen years after their last top 10 single “Lola” in 1970, and eighteen years after their last highest charting single in the US, “Tired Of Waiting For You” in April of 1965. The follow up single “Don’t Forget To Dance” (#29 Pop, #16 Mainstream Rock) also garners significant radio and video play. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with HDCD encoding including four additional bonus tracks. It is reissued again in 2004 as a hybrid SACD with the same additional tracks. Long out of print on vinyl, “Confusion” is reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2008. “State Of Confusion” peaks at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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