Chart Position: 14

  • Written by Ray Davies
  • Lead vocals: Ray Davies
  • Guitar: Ray and Dave Davies
  • Keyboards: Nicky Hopkins
  • Backing vocals: Dave and Rasa Davies
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Produced by Shel Talmy
  • Like Beatles’ “Taxman” (1966) this song refers to the high taxation dished out by Harold Wilson’s Labour party government in the U.K.
  • Later recorded by Dino, Desi & Billy (1966), Les Barbeques (1966), Standells (1966), Ravers (1966), Brian Bennett (1967), Vince Hill (1967), Jay Five (1967), Baobas (1968), Tritons (1973), We Five (1978), Dave Kelly (1979),Bob Geldof (1992), Flying Pickets (1992), Jimmy Buffett (1994), Strange Hobby (1996), Cathy Dennis (1996), Stereophonics (1999), David Lanz (1998), Tom Jones w/Space (1999), Sexy Sadie (2000), Hank Marvin (2002), JamisonPriest (2004), Ingrid Lucia (2004), Victoria Hart (2007), Nylon 66’ers (2007), Laurent Voulzy (2008), Beatlesons (2009), Charades (2009), Slush Puppies (2010), Mike Stone (2011), Gentlemen of St John’s (2013), Ben Crossland Quintet (2016), Moon Loungers (2014), Drake Bell (2014), Lucky Devils (2017), Karizma Duo (2017), 8 Bit Arcade (2019), Joe Stilgoe (2020) and many others

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