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.
Selected Discography: ‘Something Else by the Kinks’ (1968), ‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ (1968), ‘The Kink Kronikles’ (1972)
‘The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society’ was both ahead of and behind the times when the British rockers released the album in November 1968. A critical success, but commercial disappointment at the time, the ‘Village Green’ LP eventually became the Kinks’ bestselling studio album, prompting frontman Ray Davies to once refer to it as “the most successful flop of all time.”
It's been a few years since Ray Davies released an album of new material, but it looks like the wait for his next studio LP might soon be over -- and the future could even bring a few treats for long-suffering Kinks fans in the bargain.
It's up to Ray Davies to decide if and when the Kinks reunite for a tour in 2014. But Dave Davies, the band's guitarist, makes it clear that he's up for it. In fact, he says he told his brother that now is the time because they're not getting any younger.
As the inventors of the power chord, the Kinks created a sonic template that has defined rock music since. If that were their only contribution, it would probably still be enough for them to represent the letter "K."
But it's the songwriting of Ray Davies that puts them a
The early '70s took their toll on quite a number of rock's biggest acts. The combination of artistic ambition, family life, the demands of stardom, increasing drug use and aging in a medium originally designed to celebrate youth resulted in many artists rethinking their career choice. For Ray Davies, all of these issues came to a head in July 1973, when he announced onstage that he was quitting the Kinks.
The Kinks's 1971 'Muswell Hillbillies' album was a critical success, but a commercial flop. The album -- their ninth -- will be reissued this fall with an abundance of bonus tracks. The original album included 12 songs; the reissue will contain 25.
Ray Davies and the Kinks were so wildly creative in their time, they’re considered godfathers of punk, metal, Britpop, indie rock and more, thanks to the band's music. But the band's frontman is also a great storyteller. No less a songsmith than Pete Townshend has credited his o
Former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies will return from a six-year solo recording break on June 4 when he releases his sixth full-length collection of original studio recordings, the defiantly titled 'I Will Be Me.'
By the mid ‘70s, Ray Davies was so immersed in theatrical rock operas, he probably hadn’t noticed that he had lost all but the most devoted of the Kinks’ fans. The band’s string of albums in the first half of the decade was steady and, for the most part, forgettable: ‘Everybody’s in Show-Biz,’ the two-act ‘Preservation' series, ‘Soap Opera,’ ‘Schoolboys in Disgrace.’ Can anyone name more than two songs from these five records?
It all started with a couple of power chords fed through a modified guitar amp. Actually, it all started with an underwhelming cover of Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ in February 1964. But no one really remembers that, and it doesn’t matter. So, it all started when Dave Davies struck the first distorted chord of ‘You Really Got Me’ and his brother Ray stepped up to the mic to deliver one of rock’s most defining songs.
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