The Kinks

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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States 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. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style, and are considered one of the most influential groups of the period.

Early works included albums such as Face to Face (1966), Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), Muswell Hillbillies (1971), along with their accompanying singles. After a fallow period in the mid 1970s, the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with their albums Sleepwalker (1977), Misfits (1978), Low Budget (1979), Give the People What They Want (1981) and State of Confusion (1983). 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.

Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the band's 32-year run. Longest-serving member Mick Avory (drums and percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit, formerly of Argent, in 1984. Original bass guitarist 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 the band became an official five-piece when keyboardist John Gosling joined them, being replaced by Ian Gibbons in 1979, who remained in the band until they broke up in 1996; a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.

The Kinks have had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40. In the UK, The Kinks have had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums. Four of their albums have been certified gold by the RIAA and have sold over 50 million records worldwide. 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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Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
20 Rock Shots: 1964–1967 1
Golden Stars International 1
Single Hits 1964–1970 1
The Kinks 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 BBC Sessions 1964 → 1977 2
2012 The Kinks at the BBC 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1967 Live at Kelvin Hall 12
1987 The Road 6
1989 One for the Road 4
1994 To the Bone 4

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1971 “Percy” 9
1997 “Percy” / The Album That Never Was 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1964 Long Tall Sally 1
1964 You Really Got Me / It's All Right 3
1964 All Day and All of the Night 2
1964 You Still Want Me / You Do Something to Me 1
1965 Tired of Waiting for You 2
1965 Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy / Who'll Be the Next in Line 1
1965 Set Me Free / I Need You 2
1965 See My Friends / Never Met a Girl Like You Before 2
1965 A Well Respected Man / Such a Shame 2
1965 Till the End of the Day / Where Have All the Good Times Gone 2
1966 Dedicated Follower of Fashion / Sittin' on My Sofa 2
1966 Sunny Afternoon 3
1966 Dead End Street / Big Black Smoke 1
1967 Waterloo Sunset 2
1967 Autumn Almanac 4
1967 Mr. Pleasant 1
1968 Wonder Boy / Pretty Polly 3
1968 Days / She's Got Everything 3
1969 Plastic Man / King Kong 2
1969 Drivin' / Mindless Child of Motherhood 1
1970 Lola 1
1970 Apeman 2
1977 Father Christmas 1
1977 Father Christmas / Prince of the Punks 1
1979 (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman 1
1983 Come Dancing 5 1
1989 Come Dancing / Destroyer / Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy 1
1989 Father Christmas / (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman / Lola (live) 1
2014 This Time Tomorrow 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1964 Kinksize Session 1
1965 Kinksize Hits 1
1965 Kwyet Kinks 1
1966 Dedicated Kinks 1
1967 Mister Pleasant 2
1968 The Kinks 1
1971 From the Soundtrack of the Film 'Percy' 1
1977 Lola 1
1991 Did Ya 2
1994 Waterloo Sunset ’94 EP 1
2016 Dave Davies Hits 1
The Days (cd single) 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 The EP Collection 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Kinks Greatest Hits 1
1992 The Kinks Story, Volume 1 • 1964–1966 1
2014 Classics: The Best of The Kinks 1
2016 Colorful Fruit 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Rainbow Theatre 77 1

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