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Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.

The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and 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 (as a result of constant fighting between the brothers). 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. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style, and are considered one of the most influential groups of the period.

Early works included albums such as Face to Face (1966), Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), Muswell Hillbillies (1971), along with their accompanying singles. 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). 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 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.

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Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, alternatively titled Kinks Part One: Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, is a concept album by British rock band The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970.[1]

The album is a satirical look at the various facets of the music industry, including song publishers ("Denmark Street"), unions ("Get Back in Line"), the press and the hit-making machine ("Top of the Pops"), accountants and business managers ("The Moneygoround") and the road ("This Time Tomorrow").[1] Musically, Lola Versus Powerman is varied, contrasting gentle ballads like "Get Back in Line" and "A Long Way From Home" against hard rock songs like "Rats" and "Powerman", with "Denmark Street" and "The Moneygoround" paying homage to the English music hall tradition.[2][3][1]

It came during a period of transition for the band, as not only members of their lineup changed, but their look and musical style changed as well. It was a success both critically and commercially for the group, charting in the Top 40 in America[4] and helping restore them in the public eye, making Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround a "comeback" album. It contained two hit singles, "Lola", which reached the top 10 in the US and UK, and "Apeman", which peaked at number five in the UK.[4]


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Konk is the name of a recording studio and record label, established and managed by members of British Rock group The Kinks. In 1971, The Kinks left Pye Records for a five-album stint with RCA, who offered them a million-dollar advance. Ray and Dave Davies put this and money from recent hits like "Lola" towards a new studio of their own in Hornsey, a mile down the road from their home territory of Muswell Hill. In the past few years the group had mainly been recording at Morgan Studios, in Willesden, London. Albums recorded there included Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, Percy, Muswell Hillbillies and Everybody's in Show-Biz.


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"You Really Got Me" is a rock song written by Ray Davies and performed by his band, The Kinks. It was released as the group's third single, in August 1964, and reached Number 1 on the UK singles chart the following month, staying there for two weeks. It was the group's breakthrough hit, and established them as one of the top British Invasion acts in the United States, reaching Number 7 there later in the year. It was later included on the Kinks' debut album, The Kinks. The Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at number 82 on their list of list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and at number 4 on their list of the "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time"[5]. In early 2005, the song was voted the best British song of the 1955-1965 decade in a BBC radio poll. In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at number 9 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[6] In 2009 it was named the 57th Greatest Hard Rock Song by VH1.[7]


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March 2009 - John Gosling, John Dalton, Mick Avory, Dave Clark

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  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen. "Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround". J&R. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  3. ^ DiBlasi, Alex. "Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One" (PDF). Kindakinks.com. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b "International Chart Positions". Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  5. ^ The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time : Rolling Stone
  6. ^ http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/greatest_guitar_tracks.html
  7. ^ "spreadit.org music". Retrieved February 7, 2009.
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