North London born rock band the Kinks are pretty easy to catagorise as one of the most recognised, important and influential rock groups…well, ever.
Having put the band together back in 1964 brothers Ray and Dave Davies were the only two who remained members throughout the group’s 32-year run. Original members Pete Quaife and Mick Avory were replaced by John Dalton in 1969 and Bob Henrit in 1984, respectively. Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford and Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band during studio sessions in the mid-1960s.
Miraciously despite all the comings and goings their music never suffered. Influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, folk and country their first massive hit “You Really Got Me” in 1964 took on the world charts and won. Following it’s massive success the ears of the planet were well and truely opened and the guys had a string of uber successful albums including ‘Face to Face,’ ‘Something Else,’ ‘The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society,’ ‘Arthur,’ ‘Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneyground,’ ‘Misfits,’ ‘Low Budget’ and ‘Muswell Hillbillies,’ as well as a list of hit singles to rival the biggest artists of the time.
With nine top 40 albums , seventeen top 20 singles, four albums certified gold by the RIAA, an Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music” and a place in the Rock and Roll hall of fame it’s safe to say these guys were pretty close to world domination before their break up in 1996. The reason? a good old fashioned bit of sibling rivary (or “creative tension” as it was so conservatively put to the world).
Heres a reminder of why we love them so much and why they’re well and truly deserving of a spot on our Fly53 legends list. All hail.