"Dandy" is a 1966 song from The Kinks, appearing on their Face to Face album. It was released as a single in Continental Europe only, where it charted, reaching #1 in Germany, #2 inBelgium and #3 in the Netherlands. In some countries, the single was flipped with "Party Line" (also from Face to Face) as the A-side.
In the song, songwriter Ray Davies skewered the would-be master lover of the title. There is speculation that Davies wrote the song in reference to the wild lifestyle of his younger brother, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies.
"Dandy" became a hit single in North America in 1966 as recorded by fellow UK group Herman's Hermits in that same time frame, reaching #1 in Canada on the RPM national singles chartand #5 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100. It also made #3 in New Zealand. This version was not released as a single in the UK.
The Rockin' Vickers also released "Dandy" as the A side to a 1966 single. (Their main claim to fame was that Lemmy was a band member before his stint with Hawkwind and his formation ofMotörhead.) British singer Clinton Ford also released a version of the song as a single in the same year.