The Kinks were an English rock band formed in 1963 in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave and Ray Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the time. The band emerged in 1964 during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the US until their touring ban in 1965. Their third single, the Ray Davies penned “You Really Got Me”, became an international hit, topping the charts in the UK and reaching the Top 10 in the US. Between the mid 1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of hit singles and studio albums which received great reviews. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies’ observational writing style. Albums such as Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period. The band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with albums Sleepwalker, Misfits, Low Budget, Give the People What They Want and State of Confusion. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence. Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the group’s 32 year run. Longest serving member Mick Avory (drums, percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit in 1984. Pete Quaife (bass) was replaced by John Dalton in 1969 and Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. In 1969 keyboardist John Gosling joined the band, making them an official five piece, while Ian Gibbons replaced him in 1979, playing in the band until they disbanded in 1996. The group had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40. In the UK, the group had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums. Four of their albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. Among numerous honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music”. In 1990, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to The Kinks. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from The Kinks albums and most notable recordings.