"Dead End Street" by the British band The Kinks, was written by band member Ray Davies and released during November 1966. The song, like many others by the group, deals with the poverty and misery found in the lower classes of English society. The song was a big success in the UK, reaching #5 on the singles charts, but only reached #73 in the United States.
A mimed promotional film (precursor to the modern music video) was produced for the song in late 1966. It was filmed on Little Green Street, a diminutive eighteenth century lane in North London, located off Highgate Road in Kentish Town. The film shot in black and white, featured each member dressed as undertakers, as well as playing various other characters throughout. With a length of roughly 3:15, it represents one of the first true music videos. Dave Davis was later quoted as saying the BBC disliked the film, claiming it was in bad taste.
The Kinks - Dead End Street / Big Black Smoke
U.K. Pye 7N 17222 (1966)
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.