Four years prior to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, the Kinks commented on the English school system and its affects on childhood. On Nov. 17, 1975, they released (The Kinks Present) Schoolboys in Disgrace. It was the band’s 14th studio album, their sixth release on the RCA label.
The Kinks, specifically Ray Davies, had been creating theatrical concept albums on RCA and (The Kinks Present) Schoolboys in Disgrace continued the trend. The LP’s story is a series of scenes about a naughty schoolboy who becomes even worse from severe punishments. Musically, the album was a return to the band’s original sound — simple rock riffs and ballads, plus the occasional doo-wop verse (to supplement the ’50s school setting). The album garnered its fair share of negative reviews, but made it to #45 on the US album charts.
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait is working to adapt the album into a film (it’s currently “in development” for release in 2013).