June 9, 2010

The Kinks: Influence



One of my favorite 60's bands and in my opinion, one of the most influential to classic rock bands of their present and the heavy metal bands of the future.

Have a listen.



You have to admit they knew how to write a song. They were idolized by The Beatles and The Who to name a few. A long history and many creative songs and great albums followed. Ray Davies always had a way with words and decided early on to make their songs tell a story. Dave Davies even shredded his amp with a single edged Gillette razor to make his guitar sound different and not so boring.

The brothers Ray and Dave are said to be estranged now, but there has been talk of a reunion. Time has a way of healing past hurts, but it also has a way of making them older and not as motivated to perform.

Just so you know, The Kinks helped turn Rock and Roll into Rock.

6 comments:

Barbara said...

I love that last line about them turning rock and roll into rock!

They are a great band, lots of great memories of listening to The Kinks.

iStores said...

I've seen Ray Davies live a couple of times now, top stuff - would love to see a band reunion though. The brothers are speaking again, but apparently Dave's health is not so good.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

they certainly did influence so many bands after them...some incredible music they did make

Perplexio said...

I'd put the Kinks and Tommy James & the Shondells in the same category-- both extremely influential bands that often get lost in the shadows of the Stones, The Who, and the Beatles.

Brian Miller said...

nice. i really like story telling songwriters...they did have some incredible music...

Chris Stebnitz said...

One of my favorites as well. "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" might have to be one of my favorite songs of theirs.

Every song seemed to be just a little different in it's style, sound, etc. If you didn't know the body of work of The Kinks, you would not be able to pick out many of their songs as being "their songs", unlike many other bands.

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