The song was written by group member Ray Davies, mainly on a train to a recording studio and at a coffee shop during a break in the recording session. They liked the song, but it was missing a certain edginess to the guitar part. Dave Davies said, “Ray and I were worried that putting that heavy-sounding guitar on top of a ponderous song might ruin it. Luckily, it enhanced the recording, giving it a more cutting, emotional edge.” The song was released as a single, backed with “Come On Now.” In 1965, the single was an international hit and went to #2 in the U.K., #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #3 in Canada and Ireland, and #18 in The Netherlands. The song was also on their 1965 album Kinda Kinks.
The Kinks formed in London, England, in 1963. They were one of the classic Sixties British invasion bands. They were a foursome made up of Ray Davies (lead singer, rhythm guitar), Dave Davies (lead guitar,vocals), Mick Avory (drums) and Pete Quaif (bass, backing vocals).