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.
Colin Hay Covers Beatles, Kinks, Faces and More on New Album
Listen to title track from former Men at Work frontman's ‘I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself.’
Watch the Kinks' New Comic Book-Themed Video for 'Lola'
Clip tells the song's story in the form of a graphic novel.
Ray Davies Didn’t Want the Kinks to Release ‘Waterloo Sunset’
Songwriter originally wanted to keep 1967 classic for his family.
Ray and Dave Davies Recall the Kinks' 'Arthur' at 50: Interview
Brothers remember the band’s seventh album.
The Kinks, 'Arthur: 50th Anniversary Edition': Album Review
Band's follow-up to neglected masterpiece gets a massive overhaul for its golden celebration.
Ray and Dave Davies Writing Songs Together for 'Project Kinks'
The brothers have collaborated on "a few songs," with plans to bring further musicians on board soon.
How the Kinks Tried to Find Themselves on Their Self-Titled Debut
This album is perhaps rightly separated by "You Really Got Me" and songs that are not "You Really Got Me."
Hear Chrissie Hynde Cover the Kinks' 'No Return' for New Album
The Pretenders frontwoman delivers a jazzy rendition of the veteran band's 1967 cut on upcoming solo LP.