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The Kinks Are Reuniting… or Are They?

The Kinks are getting back together, according to Ray Davies
The Kinks in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.

“The Kinks are getting back together” was the news Tuesday after recently-knighted  frontman Ray Davies told the U.K.’s Channel 4 that the group was working on a new album.

The Kinks, who had a string of hits in the 60s, haven’t performed together in more than 20 years.

Davies told Channel 4 “I’ve got all these songs that I wrote for the band when we… not broke up… parted company. And I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it.”

“It won’t be well-organized like the Rolling Stones,” he quipped, saying, “The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar.”

Whether Davies’ claims that the band’s three surviving original members are getting together (not just “at the pub later on”) are fact or whimsy, remains to be seen.

Dave Davies later said on Twitter, “Me and Ray have spoken about the possibility of us working on a new album. Ray has a few songs he wants to finish. I have 3 or 4 songs I’ve written with Ray. We’ve been talking about it for some time now. We haven’t discussed shows or anything else at the moment.”

In the meantime, Ray Davis is set to release his latest solo album, Our Country: Americana II this Friday.

The Kinks gained international success in 1964 with their hit “You Really Got Me”, penned by Davies. At the height of the British Invasion, they were essentially banned from touring the U.S. when the American Federation of Musicians refused to issue permits for their appearances, reportedly due their rowdy on-stage behaviour. Despite the ban, the band managed five Top 10 singles in the US throughout their career including “You Really Got Me”, “All Day and All of the Night” and “Tired of Waiting For You”. They also had five Top 10 albums in the U.K..

The original four members (Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies and Mick Avory) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Pete Quaife died in June of 2010.

This article has been updated from an earlier version.

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