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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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  • genegir

    @Ginzir Парень, не передергивай. Спроси какого-нибудь тинэйджера из Америки кто поет "You Really Got Me" и получишь такой же ответ, что и в России. Без гугла с ответом мало кто справится, что там, что здесь.

    24 Nov 12:32pm Reply
  • genegir

    Baby, I feel goooood!!!!! YEAH!!!

    24 Nov 12:19pm Reply
  • quuenforall

    Charlie from Lost has sing of this bands song. It was He's Evil. That time i found a new band for me

    23 Nov 7:09pm Reply
  • VadiushaKomarov

    Отличная группа.

    19 Nov 9:38am Reply
  • Grave-7

    There's a bit of irony in the Kinks, particularly concerning the differences between Ray Davies's' song writing style and Dave Davies's style. When you think about Ray's songs and their story-telling quality that often talks about what other's go through we never get to see much of Ray in his own songs. Whereas, the two masterpieces written by Dave "Strangers" and "Death of a Clown" are really about him taking a good look at himself, running in opposition to the semi-impersonal quality of Ray's songs. Just something I noticed..

    6 Nov 2:06am Reply
  • tsmiths

    puta merda

    30 Oct 12:38am Reply
  • T0M90

    Oh Kinks I love you

    18 Oct 4:13am Reply
  • CharlesMaster42

    The Kinks is my favourite 60s band. After Beatles, of course.

    4 Oct 4:34pm Reply
  • ovuervoqavtalmo

    Victoria

    10 Sep 5:45pm Reply
  • rtms1988

    I am completely crazy for "Lola". I love many of their songs, but I don't know... "Lola" gives me chills and I feel so good.

    26 Aug 9:16pm Reply
  • roldki

    My favourite band by far. There's something about them that I can never tire of.

    25 Aug 5:22pm Reply
  • Gauchowater

    I am kinkaddicted.

    24 Aug 3:02pm Reply
  • wkwkwkwkwk

    We are not two, we are one (y)

    6 Aug 12:27pm Reply
  • julimaa

    Strangers on this road we are on <3

    4 Aug 1:20am Reply
  • Argarath

    You ask me Beatles or Stones, I say The Kinks! [1323784378936239749439]

    30 Jul 4:26pm Reply
  • Ginzir

    Команда истинного британского рока,даже слушая их невольно как-то Лондон на ум приходит,настолько команда пропитана Туманным Альбионом. Достойные поэты и дедушки панка,но вот в рашке они как-то мимо прошли видимо. Почему прошли? Вопрос наверное риторический. 10/10 группе.

    27 Jul 7:33am Reply
  • DamPoc

    that's good, but The Beatles are much better I think.

    29 Jun 12:36pm Reply
  • izzy_zee

    The more I hear of this band the harder I fall for them, ahhhhh.

    26 Jun 8:13am Reply
  • bad18

    Happy Birthday, mr. Ray!!!

    22 Jun 4:19pm Reply
  • Danny_Ocean11

    Happy Birthday, The Great Man Ray Davies!

    21 Jun 6:09pm Reply
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