The Kinks – Most underappreciated band ever.


Sometimes here at Arizona Premiere Music we comprise lists, sometimes we write about favorite albums, or critique albums, or post helpful links to sites we think you might enjoy.  But I believe this is the first post written entirely about one band. This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while now.  Finally I got around to it.

The Kinks came on the U.S. scene right around the same time as the Beatles, Stones, The Who, and the slew of other “British Invasion” bands of the early to mid 60’s.  They enter with a bang with their seminal hit “You Really Got Me.”  Dave Davies fuzz tone guitar and brother Ray’s sneering lyrics set the tone for what would later be dubbed “punk rock”.

But beyond the initial success of “You Really Got Me” the Kinks embarked on a career that was forever in the shadows of their more popular counterparts.  Although not know for the classic album compilations like the Stones, Beatles, Who, and Zeppelin,  they produced a formidable volume of hits, classics, and esoteric music, and enjoyed one of the longest running career of any band in Rock n’ Roll history. Spanning four decades from 1963 to 1996.

Some their early hits included  “All Day and All of the Night” (similar sound to “You Really Got Me”),  “Tired of Waiting for You”, “Well Respected Man“, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion“, and “Sunny Afternoon”.  All of which are in steady rotation on classic rock stations throughout the country or in use in various television product commercials.

But like most bands that came over the pond The Kinks really started to hit their artistic stride toward the end of the 60’s and into the 70’s. releasing such classics in varied styles as “Picture Book”, “Lola”, “Ape Man“, “Waterloo Sunset”, “Victoria” and “20th Century Man”.

Throughout the remainder of the 70’s and into the 80’s The Kinks would pop up with a song here and there that would grab your attention.  These included “Juke Box Music“, “Life Goes On“, “Sleepwalker”, “Superman”, “Father Christmas”, “Rock n Roll Fantasy”, “Destroyer“, “Art Lover“, “Come Dancing” and “Do It Again”.

During this latter period in their career The Kinks enjoyed a resurgence in popularity having “You Really Got Me” covered by Van Halen, appearing on Saturday Night Live several times, and being recognized by the punk and new wave bands as a major influence on their music.

In the end, although it’s hard to compare The Kinks to the Beatles, Stones, and Zeppelin, I do believe they are one of the more important bands in rock n roll history, but are often overlooked and underappreciated.

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