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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.

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Keystone, Hulton Archive

50 Years Ago: Dave Davies Knocked Out by Bandmate During Kinks Show

Kinks drummer Mick Avory flattened guitarist Dave Davies in mid-concert in May 1965.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Kinks’ Upcoming Biopic ‘You Really Got Me’ Sets Director and Stars

Julien Temple, who directed the Sex Pistols mockumentary 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle,' will helm a biopic focused on the Kinks.

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Arista

37 Years Ago: The Kinks Get Their Rock ‘n’ Roll Back on ‘Misfits’

The Kinks released 'Misfits' in May 1978.

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40 Years Ago: The Kinks Present a ‘Soap Opera’

The Kinks released an album that went with a made-for-TV play on May 16, 1975.

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Keystone Features, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: The Kinks Rush Release Their Second Album, ‘Kinda Kinks’

It's important to remember that things moved a whole lot faster in the music biz back in the '60s.

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Dave Davies Hoping for a Kinks Reunion ‘Before We Die’

At various points in 2013 and 2014, Ray and Dave Davies both expressed a hope that they'd find a way to get the Kinks back together in time for the band's 50th anniversary.

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51 Years Ago: The Kinks Play Their First Show

On Feb. 1, 1964, the Kinks made their official debut.

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11 Years Ago: Ray Davies Shot

Like many British rockers of his generation, Ray Davies has a big crush on America.

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Dave Davies Accuses Brother Ray of ‘Lying’ About the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ Guitar Sound

Most Kinks fans have heard the story of how Ray Davies invented the Kinks' groundbreaking 'You Really Got Me' guitar sound by stabbing an amplifier with a knitting needle.

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Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks Working on New Songs

Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks recorded a few demos together.

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