The Kinks

The KinksFrom: Muswell Hill, England

The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. Categorised in the United States as a British Invasion band, the Kinks are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. 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. Original members Pete Quaife (bass guitar, vocals) and Mick Avory (drums and percussion) were replaced by John Dalton in 1969 and Bob Henrit in 1984, respectively. Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band during studio sessions in the mid-1960s. Later, various keyboardists, including John Gosling and Ian Gibbons, were full-time members.

The Kinks first came to prominence in 1964 with their third single, “You Really Got Me”, written by Ray Davies. It 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 commercially and critically successful singles and LPs, and gained a reputation for songs and concept albums 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. The Kinks’ subsequent theatrical concept albums met with less success, but the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with albums Sleepwalker, Misfits, Low Budget and State of Confusion. Also groups such as Van Halen, the Jam, the Knack and the Pretenders 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.

The Kinks 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, their first year of eligibility, 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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From the 1964 album The Kinks
Kinks, The

  • All Day And All Of The Night [Bonus Track]
  • You Really Got Me

From the 1965 Kinda Kinks
Kinda Kinks

  • A Well Respected Man [Bonus Track]
  • Set Me Free [Bonus Track]
  • See My Friends [Bonus Track]
  • Tired Of Waiting For You

From the 1965 album The Kink Kontroversey
Kink Kontroversy, The

  • Dedicated Follower Of Fashion [Bonus Track]
  • Gotta Get the First Plane Home
  • I Am Free
  • I’m On An Island
  • Ring The Bells
  • Sittin’ On My Sofa [Bonus Track]
  • Till The End Of The Day
  • Where Have All the Good Times Gone

From the 1966 album Face to Face
Face To Face

  • Big Black Smoke [Bonus Track]
  • Dandy
  • Dead End Street [Bonus Track]
  • Fancy
  • I’ll Remember [Bonus Track]
  • I’m Not Like Everybody Else [Bonus Track]
  • Little Miss Queen Of Darkness
  • Most Expensive Residence For Sale
  • Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home
  • Session Man
  • She’s Got Everything [Bonus Track]
  • Sunny Afternoon
  • Rainy Day In June
  • Too Much on My Mind
  • You’re Lookin’ Fine

From the 1967 album Something Else By The Kinks
Something Else By The Kinks

  • Afternoon Tea
  • Autumn Almanac [Bonus Track]
  • David Watts
  • Death of a Clown
  • End Of The Season
  • Funny Face
  • Lazy Old Sun [Stereo]
  • Lincoln County [Bonus Track]
  • Love Me Till The Sun Shines
  • No Return
  • Situation Vacant
  • Tin Soldier Man
  • Two Sisters
  • Waterloo Sunset

From the 1968 album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

  • All Of My Friends Were There
  • Animal Farm
  • Berkley Mews [Bonus Track]
  • Big Sky
  • Creeping Jean [Bonus Track]
  • Days [Bonus Track]
  • Did You See His Name? [Bonus Track]
  • Do You Remember Walter?
  • Easy Come, There You Went [Bonus Track]
  • Johnny Thunfder
  • King Kong [Bonus Track]
  • Last Of The Steam Powered Trains
  • Lavender Hill [Bonus Track]
  • Misty Water [Bonus Track]
  • Monica
  • People Take Pictures Of Each Other
  • Phenomenal Cat
  • Picture Book
  • Rosemary Rose [Bonus Track]
  • Sitting By The Riverside
  • The Village Green Preservation Society
  • Village Green
  • Wicked Annabella
  • Wonderboy [Bonus Track]

From the 1969 album Arthur

  • Mindless Child Of Motherhood [Bonus Track]
  • Plastic Man [Bonus Track]
  • Shangri-La
  • Victoria
  • Yes Sir, No Sir

From the 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One

  • Apeman
  • Lola
  • Powerman
  • Strangers
  • This Time Tomorrow