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.
55 Years Ago: The Kinks' Beloved 'Village Green' Somehow Flops
It's become well respected as time passed. So, what went wrong?
50 Years Ago: Ray Davies Temporarily Quits the Kinks
For Ray Davies, personal issues came to a head in July 1973, when he announced onstage that he was quitting the Kinks.
How Ray and Dave Davies Survived Their Kinks Journey
Guitarist says he and his brother "talk about music very minimally" these days.
Dave Davies Tells Elon Musk to Stop Flagging Kinks Tweets
Band name leads to warnings being added to posts - despite claim it wouldn't happen.
50 Years Ago: America Sparks the Kinks' 'Everybody's in Show-Biz'
The country that banned the group in 1969 served as inspiration for 1972 album.
Why Dave Davies Believes the Kinks' 'Lola' Is 'Very Topical Now'
It’s been decades since they notched the controversial Top 10 hit.
Kinks Announce 'Muswell Hillbillies/Everybody's in Show-Biz' Box
Collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of both albums.
Kinks’ Dave Davies Confirms Memoir ‘Living on a Thin Line’
Guitarist’s autobiography will be published in July.