The Kinks, "Death of a Clown" (1967)
Guitarist Dave Davies wrote and sang some of the Kinks' most affecting tunes, but lead vocals on singles almost always went to his brother Ray. This song was an exception: It appeared both on the Kinks album Something Else and as a solo Dave Davies single (which reached Number Three on the U.K. charts). Why didn't he try to further his solo career? "I was really depressed then," Davies said. "I remember writing minor chords, very reflective of my melancholic period. Sometimes I would have liked people to leave me alone, so that I could just sit down and not have to entertain people socially."