The Kinks Live 1973 - Part 7 of 7
Se é tido como pacífico que os Beatles foram os primeiros músicos vindos da classe operária que ainda hoje faz de Liverpool a Almada Britância, o certo é que ao mesmo tempo, também por terras de Sua Majestade, surgia esta banda, ideia original de dois irmãos - os Davies - que, em muitos aspectos, conseguiram superar os Quatro da Caverna. Nos Kinks podemos ver uma assumpção descomplexada de toda uma fleuma e de um desejo de aristocracia de que nenhum britânico tenha ainda abdicado! Um som agradável com um humor que poderia muito bem ter servido de inspiração a esse grande Bravo - Neil Hannon!
Ouviu-se na esplanada por estes dias!!!
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The Kinks were an influential and prolific English rock group, formed in the mid-1960s by Ray Davies and his brother Dave Davies. They first gained prominence in 1964 with their hit single "You Really Got Me" and continued to record and perform for over thirty years. The band's name came from their "kinky" dress sense of leather capes and boots worn on stage. The group's original lineup consisted of lead singer/guitarist Ray Davies, lead guitarist Dave Davies, drummer Mick Avory and bassist Peter Quaife. In the United States, they are included in the Big Four of the British Invasion bands: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who.
While they were never as commercially successful as their mid-1960's peers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, or The Who, the band is frequently cited as one of the most important and influential acts of the 1960s. Their early hard-driving singles set a standard in the mid-1960s for rock and roll that reverberated for decades. Albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, Arthur, Village Green and Muswell Hillbillies are highly regarded, by fans and peers alike, and are considered amongst the most influential recordings of that era. Since then the band has experienced a popular fan revivals in the late 70s and early 80s followed by a painful commercial collapse in the late eighties continuing until their disbandment in the early 90s.
After their last tour in the middle 90s, for their latest again-commercially unsuccessful album, the band has been largely inactive. The relationship between the Davies brothers seems to have deteriorated completely around then and both of them had embarked. Rumours of a Kinks reunion are persistent but still vague. Since the exit of longtime drummer Mick Avory (serving in the band's first two decades) in 1984, the latter has been a manager of the band's Konk Studios, where most of the band's material since 1973 has been recorded. As the band are still disbanded, in recent years Avory has been promoting Kinks material with former Kinks members of the 70s John Dalton and John Gosling, including Dave Clarke on guitar and vocals in the formation "Kast off Kinks". He also have joined the veteran supergroup called "The Class of 64" – refering to the year the British Invasion took America by storm (with members from The Tremeloes and The Hollies) – who are also promoting Kinks material among their other bands' material.
Whatever the bands fortunes, their influence on emerging artists has been a constant. During the Punk rock and New Wave era The Jam and The Pretenders both covered Kinks songs and Britpop acts such as Blur, Oasis and Supergrass have cited them as a major influence. As self-professed Kinks fan Pete Townshend said for 'The History of Rock 'n' Roll': "The Kinks were much more quintessentially English. I always think that Ray Davies should one day be Poet Laureate. He invented a new kind of poetry and a new kind of language for Pop writing that influenced me from the very, very, very beginning."
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