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The Kinks

About

The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most 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. 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.The Kinks' music drew from a wide range of influences, including American R&B and rock and roll initially, and later adopting British music hall, folk, and country. The band gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' wittily observational writing style, and made apparent in albums such as Face to Face (1966), Something Else (1967), The Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), and Muswell Hillbillies (1971), along with their accompanying singles including the transatlantic hit "Lola" (1970). 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), the last of which produced one of the band's most successful US hits, "Come Dancing". In addition, groups such as Van Halen, the Jam, the Knack, the Pretenders and the Romantics 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 (rhythm guitar, lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the band's 33-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. After Dalton's 1976 departure, Andy Pyle briefly served as the band's bassist before being replaced by Argent bassist 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. The band became an official five-piece in 1970, when keyboardist John Gosling joined them. Gosling quit in 1978; he was first replaced by ex-Pretty Things member Gordon Edwards, then more permanently by Ian Gibbons in 1979. The band gave its last public performance in 1996 and broke up in 1997 as a result of creative tension between the Davies brothers.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, they have had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums. Four Kinks albums have been certified gold by the RIAA and the band have sold 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 2018, after years of ruling out a reunion due to the brothers' animosity and the difficult relationship between longtime drummer Mick Avory and Dave, Ray and Dave Davies finally announced they were working to reform the Kinks, with Avory also on board. However, comments made by each of the Davies brothers in 2020 and 2021 would indicate that in the years since the initial announcement, little (if any) progress has been made towards an actual Kinks reunion for a new studio band album.

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August 2, 2022

Mo Ostin, legendary Warner Bros. Records chief, dead at 95

During Ostin's three-decade tenure, the label's roster included the likes of The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more The post Mo Ostin, legendary Warner Bros. Records chief, dead at 95 appeared first on NME.

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August 1, 2022

Mo Ostin, Legendary Warner Bros. Record Executive Behind Hendrix and The Kinks, Dead at 95

The former head of Warner Records/Reprise died of natural causes

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July 28, 2022

The Kinks announce 50th anniversary twin deluxe reissue of ‘Muswell Hillbillies/Everybody’s In Show-Biz’

Remastered work, rare photos and new remixes are some features included in the box set The post The Kinks announce 50th anniversary twin deluxe reissue of ‘Muswell Hillbillies/Everybody’s In Show-Biz’ appeared first on NME.

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January 6, 2022

11 Acts We’d Like to See at Desert Trip II – From U2 to David Gilmour and The Kinks

If a second Oldchella happens, might the organizers finally reunite the Kinks? How about Fleetwood Mac with Lindsey Buckingham or Billy Joel and Elton John?

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December 15, 2021

The Kinks’ Dave Davies announces autobiography ‘Living On A Thin Line’

The guitarist will "revisit the glory days of the band" in the new book The post The Kinks’ Dave Davies announces autobiography ‘Living On A Thin Line’ appeared first on NME.

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Discs

Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, 3rd March 1972) [2022 Remaster]

August 17, 2022

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Celluloid Heroes

July 27, 2022

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Summer

April 8, 2022

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Chart Toppers

April 8, 2022

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Rock & Roll

February 18, 2022

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Live

February 18, 2022

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70s Classics

February 18, 2022

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Timeless Classics

January 21, 2022

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Rockin'

January 21, 2022

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Party

January 21, 2022

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Ballads

January 21, 2022

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60s Classics

January 21, 2022

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Lola (2020 Stereo Remaster)

November 25, 2020

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Powerman (2020 Mix) [2020 - Remaster]

November 11, 2020

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The Follower / Any Time 2020 [(2020 Mix) [2020 - Remaster]]

October 14, 2020

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Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (2019 Deluxe)

October 25, 2019

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Australia

October 9, 2019

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Shangri-La (2019 Mix)

September 4, 2019

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The Future

July 30, 2019

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Time Song

August 15, 2018

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Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. One + Percy

October 20, 2014

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At the BBC

August 13, 2012

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Phobia

April 12, 1993

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Did Ya EP

May 1, 1991

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Think Visual

November 17, 1986

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Word of Mouth

November 19, 1984

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State of Confusion

May 24, 1983

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Give the People What They Want

August 15, 1981

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One for the Road (Live)

June 4, 1980

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Low Budget

July 10, 1979

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Misfits

May 17, 1978

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Sleepwalker

February 12, 1977

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Schoolboys in Disgrace

November 17, 1975

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Soap Opera

April 25, 1975

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Preservation Act 2

January 1, 1974

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Preservation Act 1

November 16, 1973

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Everybody's in Show-Biz (Deluxe Edition)

August 25, 1972

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Everybody's in Show-Biz

August 25, 1972

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Muswell Hillbillies (Legacy Edition)

November 24, 1971

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Muswell Hillbillies

November 24, 1971

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Percy (Bonus Track Edition)

January 1, 1971

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Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. One

November 27, 1970

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Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. I (Deluxe)

November 27, 1970

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Arthur (Deluxe Edition)

October 10, 1969

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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Deluxe)

November 22, 1968

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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster)

November 22, 1968

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Something Else (Deluxe Edition)

September 15, 1967

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Face to Face (Deluxe Edition)

October 28, 1966

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The Kink Kontroversy

November 26, 1965

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Kinda Kinks

March 5, 1965

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Kinks

October 2, 1964

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