The Kinks

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The Kinks are 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 (as a result of constant fighting between the brothers). 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. In 2018, Ray Davies and Dave Davies said they are working with Mick Avory on a new Kinks album.

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 the band 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.

In a June 2018 interview, Ray Davies stated that he, along with brother Dave, and drummer Avory, had reformed The Kinks for a new studio album and to potentially perform live.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
In The Summertime - 16 Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
Jim Beam Pub Jukebox Classics Various Artists 1
Let's Dance! With the Lovely 60's Various Artists 1
Let's Have a Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 79: Beatclub Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 87: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts: The Sixties Box Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts: The Sixties Box 2 Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs C: 50s 60s 70s Various Artists 1
Monster 80s Various Artists 1
On the Road - Rock Hits Various Artists 1
Only Rock'n Roll 1965-1969 Various Artists 1
Power Chords, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Rad Rock Various Artists 1
Rhythm & Blues Various Artists 1
Rock E X P L O S I O N Various Artists 1
Rock Line Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Rock of the 70's, Volume Three Various Artists 1
Rock Songs Various Artists 1
Rockbox, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Sat 1 Glücksrad-Hits 6 Various Artists 1
Simply the Best 60s Various Artists 1
Sixties Beat Various Artists 1
Sixties Classics Various Artists 1
Soft Spot Various Artists 1
Sommerhits Various Artists 1
Songs for My Ute Various Artists 1
Songs from the Peach Pit Various Artists 1
Sounds of the Sixties: 20 Swinging Hits Various Artists 1
Sunny Afternoons Various Artists 1
Super Hits of the 70's Various Artists 1
Super Oldies Various Artists 1
Super Oldies Collection Various Artists 1
Superhits of the Sixties - The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
That’s the 70’s Various Artists 1
The 'Ahh! The Sun, It Burns!' Summer Mix Various Artists 1
The Bands Nicky Hopkins 1
The Best 60's Summer Party Ever Various Artists 1
The Best Beer Drinking Songs in the World… Ever! Volume 2 Various Artists 1
The Best of 'The Best Ofs' Various Artists 1
The Best of 1970-1980, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
The Best of Capital Gold: 24 Carat Classic Hits Various Artists 1
The Best of King Biscuit - Live | CD3 Various Artists 1
The Best Rock Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
The Boys Are Back in Town Various Artists 1
The British Are Coming, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
The British Beat: Best of the ’60s Various Artists 1
The British Invasion Various Artists 1
The Golden Collection 1 & 2 Various Artists 1
The Greatest Hits of 1964 Various Artists 1
The History of Pop 1964-1966 Various Artists 1
The History of Pop 1967-1969 Various Artists 1
The History of Pop 1970-1972 Various Artists 1
The Hit Box Various Artists 1
The Hit Makers Various Artists 1
The Leaving Home Mixtape Various Artists 1
The No. 1 Hits 1964 Various Artists 1
The No. 1 Hits 1966 Various Artists 1
The No.1 DJ Collection: 60's, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
The Sixties Box: Mastermix Various Artists 1
The Summer of Love Goes on Sixties Various Artists 1
The Ultimate 60s Collection Various Artists 1
The Very Best of Pop Music 1970-71 Various Artists 1
TL British Invasion 1964-1966 Various Artists 1
Top of the Pops Various Artists 1
Top Rock 'N' Roll Hits Various Artists 1
Toute la pop, rien que de tops 60s & 70s Various Artists 1
UK Pop Hits of the 60's, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
UK Pop Hits of the 60s, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
VH1 Classic Tracks Various Artists 1
Wheel of Knowledge Sampler Various Artists 1
WRDU 106 FM Classics 1 Various Artists 1
Yop'n'Roll Fever Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Grandmaster Party 3 Various Artists 1
2005 The Document III DJ Andy Smith 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Impossible Concert Various Artists 1
1999 Best of the Best: Welcome to the King Biscuit Flower Hour Various Artists 3
2011 The Best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Live Various Artists 2
2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Volume 3: 1995 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Good Morning Vietnam Various Artists 2
1999 That ’70s Show Presents: That ’70s Rockin’ Album Various Artists 1
2001 The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs Various Artists 2
2003 Ash Wednesday: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2003 Battlefield Vietnam Various Artists 4
2004 Narco Various Artists 1
2007 Heartbeat Number 1s Various Artists 1
2007 Juno: Music From the Motion Picture Various Artists 3 8
2009 The Boat That Rocked Various Artists 5 4

Album + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Part 5 2 Many DJ’s 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Mastermix 247 Mastermix 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Nothing in Common: Original Soundtrack Album Various Artists 2
1991 Manta Manta - Der Soundtrack zum Film Various Artists 1
1994 In the Name of the Father: Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack Bono, Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer, Trevor Jones 3
1995 Heartbeat 2 Various Artists 4 1
1996 Dancing in the Street Various Artists 1
1996 Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll Various Artists 1
1997 Our Friends in the North 1964-1995 Various Artists 1
1999 Rushmore Various Artists 2
1999 High Fidelity Various Artists 4
2000 High Fidelity Various Artists 2

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