The Kinks

The Kinks

Although they weren't as boldly innovative as the Beatles or as popular as the Rolling Stones or the Who, the Kinks were one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion. Like most bands of their era, the Kinks began as an R&B/blues outfit. Within four years, the band had become the most staunchly English of all their contemporaries, drawing heavily from British music hall and traditional pop, as well as incorporating elements of country, folk, and blues.

Throughout their long, varied career, the core of the Kinks remained Ray (born June 21, 1944) and Dave Davies (born February 3, 1947), who were born and raised in Muswell Hill, London. In their teens, the brothers began playing skiffle and rock & roll. Soon, the brothers recruited a schoolmate of Ray's, Peter Quaife, to play with them; like the Davies brothers, Quaife played guitar, but he switched to bass. By the summer of 1963, the group had decided to call itself the Ravens and had recruited a new drummer, Mickey Willet. Eventually, their demo tape reached Shel Talmy, an American record producer who was under contract to Pye Records. Talmy helped the band land a contract with Pye in 1964. Before signing to the label, the Ravens replaced drummer Willet with Mick Avory.

The Ravens recorded their debut single, a cover of Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," in January 1964. Before the single was released, the group changed their name to the Kinks. "Long Tall Sally" was released in February of 1964 and it failed to chart, as did their second single, "You Still Want Me." The band's third single, "You Really Got Me," was much noisier and dynamic, featuring a savage, fuzz-toned two-chord riff and a frenzied solo from Dave Davies. Not only was the final version the blueprint for the Kinks' early sound, but scores of groups used the heavy, power chords as a foundation. "You Really Got Me" reached number one within a month of its release; released on Reprise in the U.S., the single climbed into the Top Ten. "All Day and All of the Night," the group's fourth single, was released late in 1964 and it rose all the way to number two; in America, it hit number seven. During this time, the band also produced two full-length albums and several EPs.

Title Album Genre Tools
I Took My Baby Home Kinks Rock
Client:
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Guitar, and Harmonica
Key:
E
Keywords:
Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Frat Party, In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Blues-Rock, British Invasion, and Garage Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
160
CD/Track #:
Kinks, #5
Release Year:
1964
Track ID:
39782
main mix 1:57 160k MP3
Look For Me Baby Marble Arch Years Rock
Client:
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Guitar
Key:
G
Keywords:
Bright, Dramatic, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Percussive/Drums, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Up, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Blues-Rock and British Invasion
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
127
CD/Track #:
Marble Arch Years, #1
Release Year:
1965
Track ID:
40223
main mix 2:14 160k MP3
Ring The Bells The Kink Kontroversy Rock
Client:
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Guitar
Key:
D
Keywords:
Acoustic/Unplugged, Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Ballroom Dance, Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, Sunny Day, Victory, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Blues-Rock, British Invasion, and Folk-Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
109
CD/Track #:
The Kink Kontroversy, #2
Release Year:
1965
Track ID:
40224
main mix 2:22 160k MP3
Nothin' In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl Kinda Kinks Rock
Client:
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, and Drums
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dramatic, Moody, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
106
CD/Track #:
Kinda Kinks, #3
Release Year:
1965
Track ID:
44495
main mix 2:42 160k MP3
Got My Feet On The Ground Kinda Kinks Rock
Client:
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, and Electric Guitar
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Goodbye, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
110
CD/Track #:
Kinda Kinks, #2
Release Year:
1965
Track ID:
44496
main mix 2:14 160k MP3
You Still Want Me You Still Want Me - Single Rock
Client:
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, and Electric Guitar
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Make-Out, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Adult Contemporary, British Invasion, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
114
CD/Track #:
You Still Want Me - Single, #1
Release Year:
1964
Track ID:
44510
main mix 2:00 160k MP3
You Do Something To Me Kinks Rock
Client:
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, and Guitar
Keywords:
Bright, Driving, Feel-Good, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, In Love, and Sunny Day
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
172
CD/Track #:
Kinks, #17
Release Year:
1964
Track ID:
45733
main mix 2:24 160k MP3
I've Got That Feeling Kinks Rock
Client:
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Guitar, and Piano
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Film Trailer, In Love, Morning After, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
British Invasion and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
130
CD/Track #:
Kinks, #24
Release Year:
1964
Track ID:
45734
main mix 2:44 160k MP3
Take Me Back