The Kinks

The Kinks formed in London, England between 1963 and '64, spawning from the varied musical efforts made by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Ray Davies. Along with his younger brother Dave and childhood friend Pete ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1962 in London, UK


Music (27)

Minions 2015 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song Performer)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

("Who'll Be The Next In Line") (Song Performer)

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

("Better Things") (Song Performer)

Chaos Theory 2008 (Movie)

("Better Things") (Song Performer)

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

("Father Christmas") (Song Performer)

The Bank Job 2008 (Movie)

("Lola") (Song Performer)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

("Village Green Preservation Society") (Song Performer)

Juno 2007 (Movie)

("A Well Respected Man") (Song Performer)

The Darjeeling Limited 2007 (Movie)

("This Time Tomorrow") (Song Performer)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

("Sitting by the Riverside") (Song Performer)

Click 2006 (Movie)

("Do It Again") (Song Performer)

Doogal 2006 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song)

Nearing Grace 2006 (Movie)

("Sleepwalker") (Song Performer)

School for Scoundrels 2006 (Movie)

("Set Me Free") (Song)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song Performer)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

("Nothin' in this World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'bout that Girl") (Song Performer)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song Performer)

In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

("Dedicated Follower of Fashion") (Song Performer)

Flashback 1990 (Movie)

("The Last of the Steam Powered Trains") (Song Performer)

Ready, Steady, Go! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

("You Really Got Me") (Song Performer)

The American Way 1987 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Club Paradise 1986 (Movie)

("Ape Man") (Song)

Link 1986 (Movie)

("Apeman") (Song Performer)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

("Don't Forget to Dance") (Song Performer)

Return to Waterloo 1985 (Movie)


Percy 1969 (Movie)

Actor (3)

Ready, Steady, Go! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Saturday Night Live 1976 - 1977 (Tv Show)



The Kinks formed in London, England between 1963 and '64, spawning from the varied musical efforts made by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Ray Davies. Along with his younger brother Dave and childhood friend Pete Quaife, a bassist, Davies formed the Ravens, which welcomed drummer Mick Avory, accrued incremental success, and ultimately begat the Kinks. Following the formation of a partnership with Pye Records, the band released their first album in 1964, titled <i>Kinks</i> in the United Kingdom and <i>You Really Got Me</i> in the United States. The album contained the band's first hit song, "You Really Got Me," which was paramount in earning the Kinks an international reputation. Despite the group's banishment from American performance by the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada-a decree widely attributed to the Kinks' unruly decorum-they maintained a devoted American fandom across the releases of the following year's albums, <i>Kinda Kinks</i> and <i>The Kinks Controversy</i>, and beyond. The coming years were kind to the Kinks, who hit new heights with the production of albums <i>Face to Face</i> (1966) and <i>Something Else by the Kinks</i> (1967). A new, resolutely English songwriting style permeated the albums <i>The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society</i> (1968) and <i>Arthur: Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire</i> (1969), making them cult favorites to Anglophile Americans. Over the span of the next decade, the Kinks' commercial successes began to dwindle in the UK but accelerate in America. In the U.S., the band hit highs including <i>Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One</i> (1970), <i>Schoolboys in Disgrace</i> (1975), and <i>Low Budget</i> (1979), and picking up for another strong spurt at the dawn of the 1980s-<i>State of Confusion</i> (1983), featuring the hit single "Come Dancing," would rank among their strongest selling albums to date in the United States. However, the remainder of the band's tenure saw a gradual decline in interest and sales, with poor reception to albums like <i>UK Jive</i> (1989) and <i>Phobia</i> (1993). The Kinks officially split up in 1996.



Scored an MTV-era hit with "Come Dancing"


Scored a comeback US hit with "Lola"


Released the cult favorite <i>Village Green Preservation Society</i>


Shifted their aggressive sound with the folk-rock singles "A Well Respected Man" and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion"


Made their album debut with <i>Kinks</i>, which was known as <i>You Really Got Me</i> in the United States.

Bonus Trivia


Before choosing the name The Kinks, the band went by The Ravens and The Bo Weevils.


In order to obtain the now iconic distorted sound heard in their first hit, "You Really Got Me," the band physically altered and ruined the amps used during recording.


Bandmember Ray Davies experimented with an acting career in the 1980s, appearing in "Return to Waterloo" (1984) and "Absolute Beginners" (1986).