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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 Features, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Story of the Kinks’ Rush-Released 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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Evening Standard, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Top 10 Dave Davies Kinks Riffs

We're not going to lie to you. Most of the awesomely tight power-chord riffs that Dave Davies played for the Kinks sounded pretty much the same...

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Day the Kinks Played Their First Show

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

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Scott Gries, Getty Images

That Time Ray Davies Was Shot in New Orleans

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

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YouTube

Kinks’ Dave and Ray Davies Perform Together For First Time in Nearly 20 Years

It wasn't a Kinks reunion, but it was close.

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Pye UK

50 Years Ago: The Kinks Take Big Steps With ‘The Kink Kontroversy’

The Kinks' third album saw Ray Davies taking more chances as a songwriter.

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Reprise/Pye

45 Years Ago: The Kinks Reclaim America With ‘Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One’

After being banned from the U.S. for four years, the Kinks had a hit in America with 'Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround.'

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Reprise

How the Kinks’ Beloved ‘Village Green Preservation Society’ Completely Flopped

The Kinks' 'Village Green Preservation Society' would become well respected as time passed. So, what went wrong in the first place?

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RCA Records

40 Years Ago: The Kinks Find Some Footing With ‘Schoolboys in Disgrace’

The Kinks released 'Schoolboys in Disgrace' in November 1975.

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Kiss, ‘Rocket Ride’ vs. The Kinks, ‘Supersonic Rocket Ship': Rock Star Wars

The first round of our Rock Star Wars battle finds the Kinks' "Supersonic Rocket Ship" and "Rocket Ride" by Kiss caught in a blaster duel.

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