The Kinks biography



The Kinks were part of the British Invasion!

The Kinks were an English pop/rock group formed in ’63.

Categorized as a British Invasion band, along with the other members of the so-called Big Four (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who), they changed popular music forever.

Among their hits you can find Lola, Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me which, fourteen years later, would be covered by Van Halen using a much louder amp.

Sunny Afternoon first appeared on the ’66 album Face To Face and later as a single from that album. Finally, it appeared as the title track of their ’67 compilation album.

When released as a single in the summer of ’66, it went to #1 in the U.K and Ireland. Whilst in America it reached #14.

It wasn’t just The Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Beatles who went to America with their blues, soul, and rock n roll infused pop. The Kinks were also a part of the phenomenon along with The Searchers, The Yardbirds, The Animals, and The Hollies.

None of the bands might have achieved the same craze as The Beatles did, but the communal effort has bound British pop and rock with American popular music culture ever since.


The British invasion

The British invasion of blues guitar-influenced pop brought artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. and Albert King to fame in America and the world over.

It also changed American music into a much more raw art form and made the electric guitar the most popular instrument in the world.

Many popular culture historians would argue that this ultimately came down to the Big Four as well as these two individuals: Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.


Sunny Afternoon – Chords

Am | G | C | G |
The tax man’s taken all my dough, and left me in my stately home,
E E/D | E7/C E7/B |
lazing on a sunny afternoon.

Go to Sunny Afternoon chords.


Sunny Afternoon – Lyrics + Live performance

The tax man’s taken all my dough, and left me in my stately home,
lazing on a sunny afternoon.
And I can’t sail my yacht, he’s taken everythin’ I’ve got,
all I’ve got’s this sunny afternoon.

Go to Sunny Afternoon lyrics.


You Really Got Me – Chords

G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 | G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 |
Girl, you really got me goin’,
G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 | G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 |
you got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’, now.

Go to You Really Got Me chords.