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  • Trivia

    • In The Simpsons episode "The Canine Mutiny", Marge listens to "You Really Got Me" played on a frying pan radio.

    • Band's leader, Ray Davies published an autobiography, entitled X-ray in 1994.

    • Since 1996 the relationship between the Davies brothers seemed to have completely deteriorated, and they both have a solo careers.

    • Ray Davies produced an album by The Turtles called "Turtle Soap" (1969).

    • The first single that they realised was "Long Tall Sally", a cover of a Little Richard song.

    • Between 1962 and 1963, the band changed many names including: "The Ray Davies Quartet", "The Pete Quaife Band", "The Bo-Weevils", "The Ramrods", and "The Ravens".

    • The Davies brothers were born in Muswell Hill (north London). Ray Davies and Pete Quaife were school mates. Rod Stewart grew up in Muswell Hill as well, and went to school with them.

    • When the Kinks heard the first version of "You Really Got Me", they didn't like the results. Ray Davies thought it's clean and sterile, when he wanted it to capture the energy of their live shows. At the second session, Dave Davies slashed his amp and Shel Talmy produced it to get the live sound they wanted.

    • Their song "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" (1966) was used in a commercial for an IBM ad.

    • Parody artist Weird Al Yankovic released the song "Yoda" on 1985. The music was set to the tune of "Lola" by The Kinks.

    • Wim Wenders, German director made a short film Summer in the City in 1970, dedicated to The Kinks.

    • The Kinks were awarded for their unique contribution to British music with an Ivor Novello Award in 1990.

    • The use of loud, abrasive guitar playing and a repetitive chord motif in the 1964 song "You Really Got Me", would become influential in the future development of heavy metal music.

    • Dave Davies had three solo releases, while a member of the band- self titled "Dave Davies" in 1980 "Glamour" in 1981 and "Chosen People" in 1983.

    • The Kinks was formed in 1963 by Ray Davies (lead singer-songwriter), his brother Dave Davies (lead guitarist and vocalist) and friend Pete (bass).

    • The 1970 hit Lola was inspired from an actual encounter that band manager Robert Wace had dancing with a transvestite in a club, according to the author of the song, Ray Davies.

    • The Kinks is #42 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.

  • Quotes

    • Pete Quaife: I was a bass player and I was supposed to know my place.

    • Dave Davies: On my 50th birthday, I was up in London, and Ray threw a surprise party for me. It was really nice of him to do that. So I went up to him and grabbed hold of him and kissed him on the cheek and his body just stiffened as if I were going to try to eat him or something.

    • Dave Davies: I think the problem the Kinks have had is that the music always has been so diverse. I think sometimes it's hurt us commercially. There'll be 12 or 15 songs on an album and they'll all be different, all have identities of their own. I think that's confused a lot of record companies. People find it hard to pigeonhole the Kinks.

    • Ray Davies: I thinkthat songwriting changed when groups started spending more time in the studio. See, when groups were on the road, they used to go right in the studio and create the same kind of feeling they had on the road, and the stuff they used to cut was influenced by what they did at gigs.

    • Pete Quaife: Ray wanted complete control of everything. He was a control freak. As for Dave, well, I think Ray felt obligated to listen to his ideas a little more because he was blood. But Ray sure as hell didn't encourage it from Dave either.

    • Ray Davies: Maybe people should have a winding down session before listening to our songs. Maybe they should be briefed. Or debriefed. I think they should be debriefed.

    • Dave Davies: I think the problem the Kinks have had is that the music always has been so diverse. I think sometimes it's hurt us commercially. There'll be 12 or 15 songs on an album and they'll all be different, all have identities of their own.

    • Ray Davies: If I had to my life to do over, I would change every single thing I have done.

    • Dave Davies: Working with the Kinks, there always seemed to be some kind of automatic process at work. Ray and I had this telepathy happening for a long time, where one of us always knew what the other could do with something.

    • Ray Davies: I've written so many songs about Englishmen, I have to go elsewhere.

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