The Kinks

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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. The band emerged in 1964 during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the US until their touring ban in 1965. Their third single, the Ray Davies penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of hit singles; studio albums drew good reviews but sold less than compilations of their singles. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style. Albums such as Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.

After a fallow period in the mid-1970s, the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with albums Sleepwalker, Misfits, Low Budget, Give the People What They Want and State of Confusion. In addition, groups such as Van Halen, the Jam, the Knack, the Pretenders and the Fall covered their songs, helping to boost the Kinks' record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence. The Kinks broke up in 1996, a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.

Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the group's 32-year run. Longest-serving member Mick Avory (drums and percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit, formerly of Argent, in 1984. Original bassist Pete Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in 1969, and Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. Session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band in the studio for many of their recordings in the mid-to-late 1960s. In 1969 keyboardist John Gosling joined the band, making them an official five-piece, while Ian Gibbons replaced him in 1979, playing in the band until its eventual demise.

The group had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40. In the UK, the group had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums. Four of their albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. Among numerous honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for "Outstanding Service to British Music". In 1990, the original four members of the Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Kinks The Kinks 2.5 14
1965 Kinda Kinks The Kinks 20
1965 Kinks‐Size The Kinks 2
1965 The Kink Kontroversy The Kinks 13
1965 Kinkdom The Kinks 2
1966 Face to Face The Kinks 13
1967 Something Else by The Kinks The Kinks 4 15
1968 The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society The Kinks 5 13
1969 Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) The Kinks 15
1970 Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One The Kinks 13
1971 Muswell Hillbillies The Kinks 11
1972 Everybody’s in Show‐Biz The Kinks 8
1973 The Great Lost Kinks Album The Kinks 2
1973 Preservation Act 1 The Kinks 3 7
1974 Preservation Act 2 The Kinks 7
1975 Soap Opera The Kinks 7
1975 Schoolboys in Disgrace The Kinks 7
1977 Sleepwalker The Kinks 7
1978 Misfits The Kinks 10
1979 Low Budget The Kinks 10
1981 Give the People What They Want The Kinks 7
1983 State of Confusion The Kinks 7
1984 Word of Mouth The Kinks 7
1986 Think Visual The Kinks 5
1989 UK Jive The Kinks 4
1993 Phobia The Kinks 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The Kinks Greatest Hits! The Kinks 1
1966 Well Respected Kinks The Kinks 2
1967 Sunny Afternoon The Kinks 1
1971 Golden Hour of The Kinks The Kinks 1
1972 The Kink Kronikles The Kinks 2
1976 Celluloid Heroes: The Kinks' Greatest The Kinks 2
1980 The Kinks Collection (The 1980 Hallmark Records / Pickwick LP; not the 1985 Castle Entertainment LP/CD release.) The Kinks 1
1983 Kwack Kinks The Kinks 1
1984 Greatest Hits The Kinks 2
1984 A Compleat Collection The Kinks 1
1984 Greatest Hits The Kinks 2
1986 Backtrackin', Volume One The Kinks 1
1986 Backtrackin', Volume Two The Kinks 1
1986 Come Dancing With The Kinks: The Best of The Kinks 1977–1986 The Kinks 4
1986 Kinks Best: You Really Got Me The Kinks 1
1987 The Kinks Collection The Kinks 1
1987 Hit Singles The Kinks 2
1987 The Kinks Are Well Respected Men The Kinks 2
1988 Kinks-Size Kinkdom The Kinks 1
1989 Greatest Hits The Kinks 1
1989 The Ultimate Collection (1989 version) The Kinks 3 1
1989 25 Years: The Ultimate Collection The Kinks 1
1989 Death of a Clown: 20 Greatest Hits The Kinks 2
1989 Greatest Hits The Kinks 1
1990 The EP Collection The Kinks 2
1990 Fab Forty: The Singles Collection 1964–1970 The Kinks 1
1990 The Kinks Story The Kinks 2
1991 A Golden Hour of The Kinks The Kinks 1
1991 Lost & Found (1986–89) The Kinks 1
1991 Best of The Kinks 1966–67 The Kinks 2
1991 The EP Collection, Volume 2 The Kinks 1
1991 The Complete Collection The Kinks 1
1991 Best of The Kinks 1964–65 The Kinks 1
1991 Die ersten 20 Chart-Hits The Kinks 1
1991 Greatest Hits The Kinks 1
1991 You Really Got Me The Kinks 2
1992 The Collection The Kinks 1
1992 The Kinks The Kinks 1
1992 The Kinks Collection, Volume 1 The Kinks 1
1992 The Kinks Collection, Volume 2 The Kinks 1
1992 The Kinks Collection, Volume 3 The Kinks 1
1993 The Definitive Collection The Kinks 1
1993 All the Hits ... and More The Kinks 1
1993 Gold: Greatest Hits The Kinks 1
1993 Greatest Hits The Kinks 1
1993 The Early Years The Kinks 1
1994 A Portrait of The Kinks The Kinks 1
1994 You Really Got Me: The Very Best of The Kinks The Kinks 1
1994 The Best Of: 20 Classic Tracks The Kinks 1
1995 The Kinks Remastered The Kinks 1
1995 The Story of The Kinks The Kinks 1
1995 Tired of Waiting for You The Kinks 1
1996 You Really Got Me / Kinda Kinks The Kinks 1
1996 The Kinks The Kinks 1
1997 The Very Best Of The Kinks 1
1997 Greatest Hits, Volume One The Kinks 1
1997 Greatest Hits, Volume Two The Kinks 1
1997 The Singles Collection Kinks 3
1999 You Really Got Me: The Best of The Kinks The Kinks 1
2001 It's The Kinks The Kinks 1
2002 The Ultimate Collection (2002 version) The Kinks 2
2005 The Pye Album Collection The Kinks 1
2008 Picture Book The Kinks 1
2011 Kinks Kollekted: Complete History 1964–1994 The Kinks 1
2011 The Kinks in Mono The Kinks 1
2012 Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks & Ray Davis The Kinks & Ray Davies 1
2014 The Best of Kinks 1964–1971 The Kinks 1
2014 The Anthology 1964–1971 The Kinks 2
2014 The Essential Kinks The Kinks 1
2015 Sunny Afternoon: The Very Best of the Kinks The Kinks 1
20 Rock Shots: 1964–1967 The Kinks 1
Golden Stars International The Kinks 1
Single Hits 1964–1970 The Kinks 1
The Kinks The Kinks 1

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