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.
Dave Davies Didn’t Think ‘You Really Got Me’ Amp Stunt Would Work
Kinks guitarist recalls doubts over cutting holes in speaker cone that led to iconic sound.
The Kinks, 'Village Green: 50th Anniversary': Album Review
Marking the golden anniversary of this masterpiece with a box set featuring singles, outtakes and alternate versions.
Dave Davies to Put Out His Unreleased '70s Songs on 'Decade'
'Decade' combines unearthed songs the Kinks' guitarist wrote between 1971 and 1979.
Kinks Celebrate 'Village Green' 50th Anniversary With New Box
Five-CD Super Deluxe version contains 174 tracks from album's original sessions and more.
Everything You Need To Know About Van Halen's 'You Really Got Me'
Van Halen were introduced to the world when their cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" was released as their first single on Jan. 28, 1978.