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Jim Rodford
Jim Rodford
Jim RodfordAt one point in the set you talked about the Kinks and said that the band as a working unit stopped back in 1996. Do you have any ideas why the group stopped then?

Just my opinion is… I feel that Ray and Dave had been together all those years in a goldfish bowl, you know. They both needed to get away from it and be themselves. Well, when Ray started it he said "Look, I am going to do an one-man-show and I don't know how long." He didn't say the Kinks are finished. He said: "I'm gonna go out, me on acoustic guitar, sing, tell the story of the band, tell the story of my life."


Well Respected Men
The Kinks - Well Respected Men
The story of The Kinks is not for the faint-hearted: nervous breakdowns, resignations, punch-ups, heads used for footballs and guitars wielded as weapons, drug abuse, glasses without lenses, food fights, alien sightings, in-yer-face spitting and mental torture -- oh, and some of the most imspirational, influential and downright enjoyable music of the last five decades.

From Dave Davies's metal-inventing riffs on early hits 'You Really Got Me' and 'All Day And All Of The Night' to big brother Ray's songwriting genius on 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Lola' and 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion', The Kinks have been one of the most creative, most volatile and longest-running bands to emerge from the '60s, ahead of even The Beatles with their inventive productions and "kinky" fashion sense, and eclipsing the Stones on musical talent. With the likes of Blur, Paul Weller, Pulp and Van Halen taking their music to new generations, and their capacity for humour, anarchy and storytelling alive and well in songs like Wheatus's 'Teenage Dirtbag', The Kinks are as relevant today as ever.


Pete Quaife Sept. 12th

Quaife on a reunion

"He joked (typically English) about his thoughts on a reunion of the original band: He's a dialysis patient, Dave Davies has had a stroke, and Ray Davies was shot in the leg. So Mick Avory ought to be careful, because he's probably next! However, the Kinks are indeed the only band of the 60s which could reform completely with its original members. That they haven't depends on outside factors..."