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 Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround and Muswell Hillbillies, along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.

After a fallow period in the mid Seventies, 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-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 & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1964 Kinks 2.5 14
1965 Kinda Kinks 20
1965 Kinks‐Size 2
1965 The Kink Kontroversy 12
1965 Kinkdom 2
1966 Face to Face 13
1967 Something Else by The Kinks 4 15
1968 The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society 5 13
1969 Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) 14
1970 Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One 12
1971 Muswell Hillbillies 10
1972 Everybody’s in Show‐Biz 7
1973 The Great Lost Kinks Album 2
1973 Preservation Act 1 3 7
1974 Preservation Act 2 7
1975 Soap Opera 7
1975 Schoolboys in Disgrace 7
1977 Sleepwalker 7
1978 Misfits 10
1979 Low Budget 10
1981 Give the People What They Want 7
1983 State of Confusion 7
1984 Word of Mouth 7
1986 Think Visual 5
1989 UK Jive 4
1993 Phobia 2
1996 You Really Got Me / Kinda Kinks 1
2014 Classics: The Best of The Kinks 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1966 The Kinks Greatest Hits! 1
1966 Well Respected Kinks 2
1967 Sunny Afternoon 1
1971 Golden Hour of The Kinks 1
1972 The Kink Kronikles 2
1976 Celluloid Heroes: The Kinks' Greatest 2
1980 The Kinks Collection (The 1980 Hallmark Records / Pickwick LP; not the 1985 Castle Entertainment LP/CD release.) 1
1983 Kwack Kinks 1
1984 Greatest Hits 2
1984 A Compleat Collection 1
1984 Greatest Hits 2
1986 Backtrackin', Volume One 1
1986 Backtrackin', Volume Two 1
1986 Come Dancing With The Kinks: The Best of The Kinks 1977–1986 4
1986 Kinks Best: You Really Got Me 1
1987 The Kinks Collection 1
1987 Hit Singles 2
1987 The Kinks Are Well Respected Men 2
1988 Kinks-Size Kinkdom 1
1989 Greatest Hits 1
1989 The Ultimate Collection (1989 version) 3 2
1989 25 Years: The Ultimate Collection 1

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