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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.

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

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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

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

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30 Years Ago: The Kinks’ Resurgence Ends With ‘Word of Mouth’

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Deborah Feiingold, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

In the late ’70s, the Kinks had returned from the dead.

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Ray Davies Says the Kinks ‘Wouldn’t Even Get on TV’ If They Were Just Starting Out Today

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Video killed the radio star. Just ask Ray Davies, who's certain he'd never stand a chance if he were starting out with the Kinks in today's image-driven music marketplace.

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Ray Davies Doubts There Will Be a Kinks Reunion

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The Kinks' hoped-for 50th anniversary reunion seems to have hit a snag.

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45 Years Ago: The Kinks’ Heady Ambitions Drive ‘Arthur’

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Kinks' Ray Davies was not easily deterred.

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Kinks Announce Massive ‘Anthology 1964-1971′ Box Set

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BMG/InGrooves

The Kinks' earliest career-making songs will be collected on an upcoming box set titled 'The Anthology 1964-1971.'

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Kinks Now Say There’ll Be No Reunion Without Dave Davies

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Michael Putland, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Earlier this week, it was reported that the long-rumored Kinks reunion may be happening without Dave Davies.

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Kinks Reunion May Happen Without Dave Davies

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MJ Kim, Getty Images

The Kinks haven't released an album of new material since 'Phobia' in 1993, but if fans were expecting all that time off to smooth the famously fractious relationship between co-founding brothers Dave and Ray Davies, they can think again.

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The Kinks’ ‘All Day And All Of The Night’ Featured In Yoplait Yogurt Commercial

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The Kinks' second single is used in a commercial for Yoplait yogurt.

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