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The Kinks invented the power chord. Despite what you may have heard, the basic rock ‘n’ roll power chord as we know it was shaped and perfected by Dave Davies on the Kinks’ mid-‘60s material. ‘You Really Got Me’ is the king of them, but there are plenty others. And if the Kinks’ career stopped there, that would be enough to qualify them as legends. But around 1967 or so, when everyone else started exploring the boundaries of psychedelia, Kinks singer and songwriter Ray Davies dipped back to his native England’s Victorian period, penning songs about a more pastoral and innocent time that somehow served as comments on modern-day society. For the next half-decade, the band released a string of terrific but low-selling albums that elevated Davies to one of rock’s best-ever songwriters. The band had a commercial rebirth at the end of the ‘70s that lasted until the early ‘80s. By the end of the ‘90s, they had broken up.

The Kinks Vs. Van Halen – Clash of the Titans

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Which version of 'You Really Got Me' really gets you - The original Kinks version, or Van Halen's 1978 remake? Our fans decide.

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Kinks Still Considering 50th Anniversary Reunion

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Hulton Archives, Getty Images

Dave and Ray Davies are still discussing the possibility of a reunion to celebrate the Kinks' 50th anniversary.

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‘Barracuda’ Vs. ‘You Really Got Me’ – March Riff Madness Finals

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The Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' takes on Heart's 'Barracuda' in the finals of March Riff Madness.

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‘Ace of Spades’ Vs. ‘You Really Got Me’ – March Riff Madness Semifinals

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Motorhead takes on the Kinks in the semifinals of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness.

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‘Limelight’ vs. ‘You Really Got Me’ – March Riff Madness

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Rush battles the Kinks in the quarterfinals of March Riff Madness.

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‘You Really Got Me’ Vs. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ – March Riff Madness

Kinks Led Zeppelin March Riff Madness

 

In a battle of two titans of British rock, Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' faces off against the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' in round two of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness.

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‘Back in Black’ vs. ‘You Really Got Me’ – March Riff Madness

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AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ takes on the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me' in what's sure to be one of the most contested match-ups of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness competition.

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50 Years Ago: The Kinks Play Their First Show

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Keystone/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

On Feb. 1, 1964, the Kinks made their official debut. The concert, held at the Town Hall in Oxford, was the first time brothers Ray and Dave Davies, Mick Avory & Pete Quaife took the stage under the name the Kinks after ditching the moniker, the Ravens.

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10 Years Ago: Ray Davies Shot

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Like many British rockers of his generation, Ray Davies has a big crush on America. His love of blues, country, jazz, and a number of other genres helped him find his musical muse again during a trip to New Orleans in 2004. However, the famous city also gave him something else: a bullet wound in his leg.

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Kinks Reunion Is ‘As Close As It’s Ever Been to Happening’

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Warner Bros., Getty Images

Back in September, guitarist Dave Davies said there was a "50-50" chance of the Kinks reuniting. Apparently, those numbers are getting better by the day.

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