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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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Ray Davies Says a Kinks Reunion Will Take a Miracle

Newly knighted Kinks frontman Ray Davies said he’s writing music in the style of the band, but he believes the long-speculated reunion with brother Dave will take place only if a “miracle” occurs.

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Yui Mok, Getty Images

Kinks Frontman Ray Davies Has Been Knighted

“It lasted three minutes and it went very well,” the typically dry-witted Ray Davies says, “and I said goodbye and went home.”

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Michael Putland, Getty Images

The Kinks Brothers’ Feud: Who Started It?

It’s been speculated that, in their heart of hearts, every rock star is an attention-seeker. If it’s true, you could easily multiply the effect several times over for Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks.

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RCA

45 Years Ago: The Kinks Embrace Country Music on ‘Muswell Hillbillies’

The Kinks had a rocky romance with the U.S. After the band’s initial burst of fame in the mid-’60s, it was banned from touring in the States for four years, due to “rowdy” performances...

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ATO Records

Dean Ween on ‘Dickey Betts,’ a Kinks Reunion and Creating ‘Original Classic Rock': Exclusive Interview

Dean Ween talks about paying tribute to Dickey Betts, why the Kinks should get back together, and what he'd do if a bandmate slept with his wife.

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BMG

Kinks’ Early Albums Collected in New Vinyl Mono Box

A highlight of this upcoming set, simply dubbed 'The Mono Collection,' is the previously out-of-print U.S. mono mix of Live at Kelvin Hall.

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Arista Records

35 Years Ago: The Kinks Enter the ’80s With ‘Give the People What They Want’

The Kinks released 'Give the People What They Want' in August 1981.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Dave Davies Again Sets the Record Straight on the ‘You Really Got Me’ Guitar Tone

Dave Davies took exception to an article that claimed a fight with his brother led to the distorted guitar tone on the Kinks' first hit.

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Kinks Classic Appears in New Mattress Commercial

Advertisers have hit on one simple trick: The impact of a great song, whether it's well-known or obscure, will turn heads.

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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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