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.

Top 10 Kinks Songs
More than any of their contemporaries, the Kinks stormed through three decades with a natural survival instinct that rarely compromised their ideals. Their early garage rock days are the most celebrated, and their greatest singles come from that era...
Kinks Drummer Mick Avory Remembers Bassist Pete Quaife
Saturday (June 23) marks the second anniversary of the death of Pete Quaife, the original bassist for the Kinks, who passed away on June 23, 2010 at the age of 66 due to kidney failure. In a new interview, Mick Avory, the group's drummer from 1964 to 1984, remembers his partner in the Kinks&apo…

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