At the height of British new wave, The Kinks found themselves back in vogue. Two of Ray Davies' early songs, "Stop Your Sobbing" and "David Watts" became hits for young, hungry bands (the Pretenders and the Jam, respectively). Meanwhile, Van Halen's version of "You Really Got Me" became an FM radio staple. Suddenly, The Kinks found themselves embraced by a new generation while also earning the praise of critics. Rolling Stone voted MISFITS one of the year's best albums.
MISFITS includes the tender, oddball hit Ray wrote for his brother, "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy," and the bouncing pop gem "In A Foreign Land." Like the band's previous release SLEEPWALKER, MISFITS showcases the band's newly stripped-down rock & roll direction. Also included on this reissue of MISFITS is the single remix of "Black Messiah," the U.S. version of "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy," and a new mix of "Live Life."