British rock legend Ray Davies doesn't wait around for a Kinks reunion

Thursday, November 03, 2011 By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Not everyone thinks the battle for the best of the Big Four British Invasion bands is between the Beatles and the Stones.

Some hardcore music geeks swear by the Kinks, who managed to be the most nuanced and literate of the bunch (which also includes The Who) while also creating the blueprint for heavy metal with "You Really Got Me."

The band, led by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, debuted in 1964 and released an album every year or two (or three) until 1993, with changing rhythm sections. Not that it was always easy. The brothers, and the band members at large, were notorious for their spats, sometimes right on stage, which contributed to the Kinks being banned from playing in the States during their mid-'60s heyday.

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