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. The next 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. (wikipedia)
Two well respected men: Ray & Dave Davies in 2020:
To the Bone is a 1994 live album by the Kinks. Recorded partly at Konk Studios with a small audience, and partly during their 1993 American tour and the 1994 UK tour, it was the band’s final release before their breakup in 1996.
Some tracks were recorded at Konk Studios during April 1994 with a small audience in an Unplugged style, other tracks were recorded live in Portsmouth in March 1994, and “You Really Got Me” was recorded live in Philadelphia in August 1993. All the songs had been previously released as studio recordings.
Released 3 October 1994 in the U.K. on the band’s own Konk label. An EP-single was released off the album to promote its release, “Waterloo Sunset ’94”, which in addition to a live take of “You Really Got Me” featured the unreleased demos “Elevator Man” and “On the Outside”, both recorded in 1976.
In 1996, an expanded double CD-version with 29 tracks was released in the U.S. on Guardian/Konk. Two new studio tracks – “To The Bone” and “Animal” – were included on the double-disc U.S. version, while two tracks on the shorter U.K. issue – “Waterloo Sunset” and “Autumn Almanac” – were omitted. (wikipedia)
Since the mid-’70s, the Kinks have not been able to stop themselves from attempting their own variations on pop music trends, taking stabs at everything from bombastic heavy metal to sleek disco-flavored pop. On To the Bone, the group became another one of the scores of veteran rock acts to record an acoustic, “unplugged” album. However, the group’s American popularity was at an all-time low in the mid-’90s and the band wasn’t able to score a major-label record deal, let alone land a spot on MTV’s prime-time ratings bonanza, Unplugged.
So, the bandmembers financed their acoustic greatest-hits record To the Bone themselves, releasing it on the U.K. independent label Grapevine. Naturally, Ray Davies’ songs work well in such a stripped-back setting, but the album is nothing more than a pleasant diversion, featuring a lovely version of “Waterloo Sunset,” possibly the most beautiful song of the rock & roll era. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)
Dave Davies (guitar, vocals)
Ray Davies (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Ian Gibbons (keyboards, background vocals)
Bob Henrit (drums, percussion)
Jim Rodford (bass, background vocals)
01. All Day And All Of The Night 4.27
02. Apeman 4.06
03. Tired Of Waiting 1.49
04. See My Friends 3.25
05. Death Of A Clown 2.35
06. Muswell Hillbillies 3.20
07. Better Things 3.06
08. Don’t Forget To Dance 4.50
09. Sunny Afternoon 2.39
10.Dedicated Follower Of Fashion 1.55
11. Do It Again (acoustic version) 1.47
12, Do It Again 3.54
01 Celluloid Heroes 5.3
02. Picture Book 2.35
03. Village Green Preservation Society 2.26
04. Do You Remember Walter 3.44
05. Set Me Free 2.34
06. Lola 4.29
07. Come Dancing 3.39
08. I’m Not Like Everybody Else 5.42
09. Till The End Of The Day 2.37
10. Give The People What They Want 3.57
11. State Of Confusion 3.25
12. Dead End Street 2.30
13. A Gallon Of Gas 5,21
14. Days 3.18
15. You Really Got Me 3,41
16. Animal 3.38
17. To The Bone 4,30
All songs written by Ray Davies
except CD 1, 05, written by Dave Davies
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