Only this is 1979, the whole world had become infected with the disco meme and even former English rockstars were not immune. As the Stones had already joined the disco party very succesfully the year before with 'Miss You', it is hardly suprising that other former 60s English rockstars would also be jumping on the glitterball bandwagon.
Recorded in New York as part of the 'Low Budget' album sessions, '(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman' was released in 12 inch "Disco Mix Extended Edit" form while the album itself acheived the highest American chart place of any Kinks album. What I love about the track (aside from the flaying guitars, driving bass and sheets of synth wash) are the lyrics. Anyone who has listened to the words of their 'banned' 1970 single 'Lola' knows that Ray Davies can tell a good story and this is no exception, check out this wonderful rhyming couplet: "I'm too weak, i'm so thin, I'd like to fly but i can't even swim". Sheer poetry!
THE KINKS - (WISH I COULD FLY LIKE) SUPERMAN [DISCO MIX EXTENDED EDIT 1979]