The Kinks

The Kinks

The Kinks were one of the most important bands from the "British Revolution" in the sixties. The band, based in Muswell Hill in London, consisted of the brothers Davies, (Ray and Dave), Mick Avory and Pete Quaife. During their existence they have played different styles of rock('n'roll) music. Interesting were their lyrics, usually about the lower class of society. Singer Ray Davies has always had a fascination for the ordinary people.

After two flops they had their first big hit in 1964: You Really Got Me. This song had a rough guitar riff, that's why some people even call it the first heavy metal song ever.
They kept scoring hits after that, timeless songs like Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset, Lola and All Day And All Of The Night. Albums such as The Village Green Preservation Society (1968) and Arthur (1969) are seen as classics nowadays.
In the beginning of the seventies it was over with the hit singles. They started a series of rockopera's, which were not very succesful. In 1977, with the release of Sleepwalker, they went back to more normal rock. Their popularity started to rise again, especially in America. They have produced records until 1996, some with more success than others. The band never officially split up, the fans are still hoping for a reunion someday. Ray and Dave are both doing solo tours and releasing solo albums.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 (Performer).

Pete Quaife, who had been receiving kidney dialysis for more than ten years, died on 23 June 2010, aged 66.

The Kinks Discography Tracks


Kinks* Kinks (Album, MiniAlbum) Pye Records, Pye Records Israel 1964 Sell This Version
The Kinks Kinda Kinks (Album) Pye Records Canada 1965 Sell This Version
The Kinks # 3 A Well Respected Man (Album) Disques Vogue France 1965 Sell This Version
The Kinks Kinks-Size (Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records US 1965 Sell This Version
The Kinks The Kinks In Germany (Album, Comp) Pye Records, Vogue Schallplatten Germany 1965 Sell This Version
The Kinks The Kink Kontroversy (Album) Pye Records, Pye Records Canada 1965 Sell This Version
The Kinks Kinks Kinkdom (Album) Reprise Records US 1965 Sell This Version
The Kinks Vol. 2 (Album) Pye Records France 1965 Sell This Version
The Kinks Face To Face (Album) Pye Records Germany 1966 Sell This Version
The Kinks Live At Kelvin Hall (Album) Pye Records US 1967 Sell This Version
The Kinks Something Else By The Kinks (Album) Pye Records, Pye Records South Africa 1967 Sell This Version
GX 01 - 245 Los Kinks* Los Kinks - Volumen 3(LP, Album, Mono) Gamma (4) GX 01 - 245 Mexico 1967 Sell This Version
The Kinks The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Album, Single) Pye Records, Pye Records Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
The Kinks Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (Album) Pye Records, Pye Records India 1969 Sell This Version
Kinks* Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One (Album) Pye Records New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
The Kinks Muswell Hillbillies (Album, Comp) RCA Victor US 1971 Sell This Version
The Kinks Percy (Album) Pye Records France 1971 Sell This Version
The Kinks Everybody's In Show-Biz - Everybody's A Star (Album) RCA Victor UK 1972 Sell This Version
The Kinks Preservation Act 1 (Album) RCA Victor UK 1973 Sell This Version
The Kinks Preservation Act 2 (Album) RCA Victor US 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2123/S The Kinks Stereo Pop Special-76(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2123/S UK 1974 Sell This Version
The Kinks Soap Opera (Album) RCA Victor, RCA US 1975 Sell This Version
The Kinks Schoolboys In Disgrace (Album) RCA Victor US 1975 Sell This Version
The Kinks Sleepwalker (Album) Arista US 1977 Sell This Version
CN 3013/S The Kinks In Concert-170(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3013/S UK 1978 Sell This Version

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January 19, 2017
Led by singer-songwriter Ray Davies, the Kinks recorded countless songs that have proven to be both timeless and highly influential. Their slew of early singles -- from the Hard Rock prototype "You Really Got Me" to the whimsical, lackadaisical and humorous "Sunny Afternoon" -- made them one of the most popular bands of the British Invasion. However, it was Davies' singular, distinctively noncommercial vision that made their superstardom a relatively brief part of an otherwise lengthy career. Tensions between the musicians didn't help matters, as onstage fights between Ray and his guitar-playing brother Dave were notorious.
Although they ostensibly mastered the singles format, the Kinks became an album-oriented band in the truest sense: between 1968 and 1977, the band released numerous concept albums that varied wildly in quality and subject matter. The most famous, and perhaps the finest of the lot, is Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Part One (1970). The record is a cutting, acerbic look at the music industry, and the song "Lola" put the band back on top -- and what a song to do so, as it's become the most famous song in the rock 'n' roll oeuvre to deal with gender-swapping and/or transvestism.
...The Kinks continued to record powerful singles and solid albums, but their fame rests firmly on their utterly unique early material.


April 16, 2006
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For me, hype has a strange dichotomy of letting one know of the existence of certain things but also at the same time, exalting them. This is especially true in music where some artists have both a strong reputation critically and publicly. Some bands are called the best in rock and roll (i.e. The Beatles, U2 &c.) whereas others call themselves the best (i.e. The Rolling Stones, Oasis &c.). The Kinks, however, fall into another category where they are suboridnated in importance and have less exposure as a result. So while some achieve a level of hype that they cannot live up to, including the Beatles, Radiohead and Bjork, the Kinks lie on a stunning oeuvre that deserves all the praise it gets and loads more.

True, a handful of singles have been staples of "classic rock" radio and appeared in commericials: "All Day and All of the Night," "You Really Got Me," "Lola," "Come Dancing" and surprsingly enough "Picture Book" and "Waterloo Sunset" to a certain extent. What shocked me was the extent of their song writing abilities, considering that one man, Ray Davies, was behind an overwhelming amount of it. In a time when change seemed to accelerate in all aspects of life, the Kinks seemed to both resist and accept it. The quick cliche of the teenager running away from home to pursue a bohemian life was negated by "Rosie Won't You Please Come Home." Likewise, "The Village Green Preservation Society" celebrates country and tradition. I don't know much about how British society was affected by the revolutions of the 60s but even now here in the States, it seems all the kids still possess a level of cynicism and distaste for everything which makes a Kinksian attitude refreshing and admirable. This is not to say that everything was cheerful, "Dead End Street" and "Princess Marina's Hat" express a sympathetic voice for the common worker while decrying the corruptive forces of vanity and celebrity worship.

For anyone who feels overwhelmed by a large discography, here are my reccomendations of what to check out: The Kink Kronikles, a two-disc sampler of material covering 1966-70 is an adequate introduction to classic Kinks. On the other hand, getting the albums will save you the trouble of spending extra money. 1965s The Kink Kontroversy is the starting point where their full-lengths become consistently strong. The next album, Face to Face, an eclectic and stunning collection of songs ranging from soft stompers ("Little Miss Queen of Darkness") and rockers ("Party Line") to the slightly exotic ("Holiday in Waikiki") and country-esque ("You're Looking Fine"). Its follow-up, Something Else by the Kinks, employs more pianos and horns. In 1968, the lush Village Green Preservation Society emerged and has many votes for the best Kinks album although I am equally inclined towards all the ones I mention here. Arthur, Lola vs the Power Man & the Merry-Go-Round, Muswell Hillbillies, The Great Lost Kinks Album (try to get the 30 song version) and the Kinks Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (covering the early 1963-65ish era) are also excellent additions. While I am yet unable to recommend Misfits and the Come Dancing compilation covering the late 70s/early 80s output as I have been unable to listen to them extensively, they sound good but might offer a bit of shock to some expecting to hear more of the same.

In the slim chance that any of the Kinks happen to read this, thank you for the music and the inspiration it has given me.

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