The Kinks

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.

The Kinks Vs. Bruce Springsteen – Clash of the Titans
There's no way around it during the holidays. Sometime -- most likely, many times -- between Thanksgiving and Dec. 25 you're bound to hear classic-rock Christmas songs by some of the genre's giants. And there aren't too many as big as the Kinks' 'Father Christmas' and Bruce Springsteen's 'Santa Clau…
Kinks – Best Classic Rock Artists A-Z
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 at the …
Top 10 Ray Davies Lyrics
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 …
The Kinks Inducted Into Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame
Congratulations to the Kinks, who have narrowly defeated the Beatles to become the first band nominated into the 100% fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.
It all started with a couple of power chords fed through a modified guitar amp. Actually, it all started with an underwhelming cover of L…

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