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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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Led Zeppelin, ‘Dancing Days’ vs. the Kinks, ‘Sunny Afternoon’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

We've reached the second round in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle, and it's time for two British bands to duke it out: Led Zeppelin's "Dancing Days" takes on the Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon."

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Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘Summer in the City’ vs. the Kinks, ‘Sunny Afternoon’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The Lovin' Spoonful's 'Summer in the City' faces the Kinks' 'Sunny Afternoon' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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36 Years Ago: The Kinks Begin Their Late-Career Comeback With ‘Low Budget’

For all their mid-to-late-‘60s success in England, it never got as good for the Kinks in the U.S. as it did when they released Low Budget in July 1979.

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Dave Davies Says He Isn’t Holding Up a Kinks Reunion

Ray Davies says a Kinks reunion can't happen until his brother Dave settles a feud with drummer Mick Avory. Dave Davies disagrees.

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45 Years Ago: Ray Davies Flies Across the Atlantic – Twice! – to Re-Record Two Words in ‘Lola’

Ray Davies of the Kinks racked up an absurd number of frequent-flyer miles just to alter two lines in the band's 1970 hit single, 'Lola.'

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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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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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