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Muswell Hill, North London (1963 – 1996)

The Kinks (1963–1996) were an English pop-rock group that came out of the British R&B scene of the early 1960s. Formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray Davies and Dave Davies in 1964 and 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. In 1990, their first year of eligibility, the original four members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Later, in November 2005, they were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Among numerous other honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music” in 2006.

Formed in 1963 in Muswell Hill, North London, they first gained prominence on the heels of the well-received and highly influential single “You Really Got Me” (1964). The group originally consisted of lead singer/guitarist Ray Davies, his brother lead guitarist Dave Davies, drummer Mick Avory, and bassist Peter Quaife. Quaife left (twice) in the late 1960s, and Avory finally left in 1984 as the result of a long-running dispute with Dave Davies, leaving only the Davies brothers as the core of the original group.

With Ray Davis’ songwriting skills and unashamedly English voices, Dave Davis’ impressive guitar work, and Avory’s tight and steady drumming, the band became one of the best and most influential groups of British pop and the “” of the U.S.A., lasting longer than any of their competitors, apart from The Rolling Stones, as they broke up in 1996. Their catalogue of songs has been covered by Van Halen, The Pretenders, The Black Keys, The Stranglers, Queens of the Stone Age , and many more.

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  • abilziero

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [10]

    11 hours ago Reply
  • EllieWolf

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [9]

    16 Apr 1:59am Reply
  • RivalLights

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [8]

    5 Apr 9:42pm Reply
  • alessandraolsen

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [6]

    27 Mar 1:09am Reply
  • ZacMagnum

    SS: Famous Class Records in Brooklyn, NY released this whopping split 7″ at the end of January. CCR HEADCLEANER follow up their 2013 album Lace the World with Arms Wide Open with the split, while the trio in FUZZ continue their tear of psych-fueled stoner metal with the cover of a Kinks classic! Listen now! » http://styrofoamdrone.com/2014/02/18/fuzz-ccr-headcleaner-famous-class-split-7/

    18 Feb 3:59pm Reply
  • Glamy2014

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [6]

    13 Feb 6:59am Reply
  • EdisonSankt

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/kinks-first-show/

    2 Feb 3:57pm Reply
  • d_hopey_b

    I love this band!

    31 Jan 4:43pm Reply
  • iagomelo2

    gee

    23 Jan 3:06pm Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    They've steadily become one of my favourite bands recently. Something Else to Arthur is a fantastic trilogy of albums.

    22 Jan 1:05am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    реально группы лучше на земле нет. божественные тексты, действительно рассказывающие истории, бытовая рок-н-ролльная лирика типа бич бойз сочетается с той старой Англией, которую я бесконечно люблю. на выходе получается лучшая группа всех времен, лучше битлз и даже вельветов.

    18 Jan 10:59am Reply
  • dethintwosec

    The Kinks' 1975-1981 era is way better than 1964-1969. I can't understand why 60's is so praised. It's like sterile 80's pop with little less booms booms of the drums and synths. Anyway only late sixties make sense to me because some art bands made incredible introductions in late sixties to the glorious 70's. Anyway 1970's The Kinks rules. Even Preservation Act I and II.

    12 Jan 10:41am Reply
  • M3azzaM

    Living on a Thin Line!

    10 Jan 12:14pm Reply
  • Andr3a89

    Ray Davies announced a possible reunion, that would be awesome.

    4 Jan 12:05am Reply
  • Cylob

    Kinks for me (1,098).

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    A desert island band.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Heartbreaker68

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [5]

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HEDZ3

    Dave Davies' guitar compositions and solos were truly brilliant.

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PSYCOFROG

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [4]

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MsMoonlightt

    Sweet.

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
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