Big Fan: The Kinks
The Kinks struggled hard for their place in Rock music history. Coming up at the same time as The Beatles and The Stones they had neither the bad-boy swagger of the later or the good lucks and pop talent of the former. Plus they hated each other. Comprised of 2 brothers, Ray & Dave Davies, along with original drummer Mick Avery and bassist Pete Quaife, they all fought constantly. In an onstage fight at a 1966 show in Cardiff, Wales, Dave kicked Mick’s drums in frustration so Mick bashed him in the head with his cymbal stand, knocking him unconscious. Fearing he’d killed his lead guitarist he fled the stage (To placate the police, Avory later claimed that it was part of a new act in which the band members would hurl their instruments at each other). The brothers would often fight onstage and just as they were about to break America, they were banned for 4 years from performing because of their rowdy behaviour – one particular fight at an American radio station sealed the ban. They did manage however to write a ton of huge hits, “You Really Got Me”, “All Day & All of the Night”, “Lola”, “Set Me Free” as well as the best song ever written (arguably) “Waterloo Sunset”. It wouldn’t be until the 80’s that they would finally really break big in America with their hit “Come Dancing”. If you’re new to The Kinks – ignore this period – it’s awful. 1965 -68 were the salad years.