The s gave us many great British rock bands, but The Kinks are often overshadowed by their sleeker, shinier contemporaries. Arguably, however, no band did more to capture England's ennui and arrogance in the 20th century. Nobody captured the faux-urbanity of the English middle classes the way The Kinks did: their music is a perfect snapshot of the charm, inconsistencies and foibles of 20th-century England, able to do sweeping and epic as easily as they could perfect, potted vignettes. They are monarchs of a certain type of British sensibility: the ability to both love, and critique, the things that make us as a nation. We at GQ have been taking a look at the artists who deserve a retread from isolation: from folk icons such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez to the genius of Ray Charles and the underestimated hits of Fleetwood Mac and Blondie. Part Nick Drake , part bossa nova shuffle, it sells the main character's paranoia about their flighty, unfaithful girlfriend as a kind of border ballad. Face To Face from feels like the moment something changed for The Kinks: almost entirely written by Ray Davies, who had a nervous breakdown just before they went into record, the album is much softer and more anglicised than the albums that come before it. The album that marked Ray Davies taking over on production from Shel Talmy, you can really feel The Kinks' signature sound on here: a sort of brassier, more rotund and red-nosed version of the big, sweeping sounds you hear from other bands in the mid-to-late s. Davies is great at observation, but here that turns into something even greater: empathy.
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They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the s. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' wittily observational writing style, . After a fallow period in the mids, the band experienced a revival during the late s and early s with their albums Sleepwalker , Misfits , Low Budget , Give the People What They Want and State of Confusion In addition, groups such as Van Halen , the Jam , the Knack , the Pretenders and the Fall covered their songs, helping to boost the Kinks' record sales. In the s, 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 year run. Longest-serving member Mick Avory drums and percussion was replaced by Bob Henrit , formerly of Argent , in Original bass guitarist Pete Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in
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But what music the brothers made as the driving forces of The Kinks , one of the most important and influential bands in music history. Subsequently, the band would release a series of remarkable concept albums, unappreciated for years, but now hailed as classics in their own right. In , after gifting Ray a guitar for his 13th birthday, beloved elder sister Rene died while dancing at the Lyceum Ballroom. It returned The Kinks to the top 10 after a year absence. Very punky in its attitude to non-conformity and featuring a terrific Dave Davies vocal, it rounded out their live shows perfectly. Powered by a classic Dave Davies riff, the last full-on rocker of the Kinks glorious run of hit singles has influenced scores of bands. He viewed the Carnaby Street elite with disdain, and this brilliant send up of a London Dandy desperate to stay in style hilariously nailed the narcissism of the times. Paul McCartney envied this ahead-of-its-time single but Ray was crushed by its comparative failure. This top-three single is a wonderful tribute to the most beautiful season, and to normal everyday British life.
The Kinks were active for over three decades between and , releasing 24 studio and 4 live albums. Their hit singles included three UK number-one singles, starting in with " You Really Got Me "; plus 18 Top 40 singles in the s alone and further Top 40 hits in the s and s. Nine of their albums charted in the Top Greatest Hits! Give The People What They Want , released in , received its certification on 25 January , for sales of , copies.