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Schoolboys in Disgrace


Schoolboys in Disgrace

Schoolboys in Disgrace
Studio album by The Kinks
Released 17 November 1975[1]
Recorded 13 August - 2 October 1975 at Konk Studios, London
5–6 October 1975, mastering at Sterling Sound, New York City[2]
Genre Rock and roll,[3] hard rock[4]
Length 36:26
Label RCA
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
Soap Opera
Schoolboys in Disgrace
Singles from Schoolboys in Disgrace
  1. "I'm in Disgrace"
    Released: January 21, 1976 (US)
  2. "No More Looking Back"
    Released: January 23, 1976 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[5]
Blender 3/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau C+[7]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[8]

Schoolboys in Disgrace or The Kinks Present Schoolboys in Disgrace is the fourteenth studio album by English rock group the Kinks, released in 1975.

According to the back cover liner notes,[9] the story which the album presents is as follows:

Once upon a time there was a naughty little schoolboy. He and his gang were always playing tricks on the teachers and bullying other children in the school. One day he got himself into very serious trouble with a naughty schoolgirl and he was sent to the Headmaster who decided to disgrace the naughty boy and his gang in front of the whole school.
After this punishment the boy turned into a hard and bitter character. Perhaps it was not the punishment that changed him but the fact that he realised people in authority would always be there to kick him down and the Establishment would always put him in his place. He knew that he could not change the past but he vowed that in the future he would always get what he wanted. The naughty little boy grew up... into Mr Flash.

Mr Flash was the name of the villain from the Kinks' rock opera Preservation (released as Preservation Act 1 and Preservation Act 2).

The front cover was illustrated by Mickey Finn of T. Rex. It later appeared on NME's list of the '50 worst covers of all time'.[10]

In 1978 the Finnish band Kontra had a number one hit with the song "Jerry Cotton" which was a cover version of the song "Jack the Idiot Dunce."[11]


  • Track listing 1
  • Personnel 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Schooldays"   3:31
2. "Jack the Idiot Dunce"   3:19
3. "Education"   7:07
4. "The First Time We Fall in Love"   4:01
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "I'm in Disgrace"   3:21
2. "Headmaster"   4:03
3. "The Hard Way"   2:35
4. "The Last Assembly"   2:45
5. "No More Looking Back"   4:27
6. "Finale"   1:02


  • John Beecham: trombone
  • Alan Holmes: saxophones
  • Nick Newell: tenor saxophone
  • Pamela Travis: background vocals
  • Debbie Doss: background vocals
  • Shirley Roden: background vocals
  • Written, Arranged and Produced by Raymond Douglas Davies
  • Engineered by Roger Wake
  • Mastering by Bob Ludwig[1]
  • Front cover illustration - Mickey Finn
  • Chris Hopper - photography
  • Pat Doyle - art direction


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  2. ^ Hinman 2004, pp. 195–6
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  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. - Review"The Kinks Present Schoolboys in Disgrace" at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  6. ^ Blender review
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  11. ^ Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (Tammi, 2005; toim. Jake Nyman)

External links

  • Schoolboys in Disgrace at Discogs (list of releases)

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