The Cain and Abel of the British Invasion may take up their axes after a generation of détente. Singer-songwriter Ray Davies teased The Kinks might get back together after more than 20 years, according to The Telegraph. While nothing concrete has been offered, Davies told a British interviewer the band was “making a new Kinks album.” Ray’s tongue could have been in his cheek, his brother wrote “Death of a Clown,” and we’ve already established a family reunion is no sunny afternoon at the Davies place.
“The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick, never got along very well,” Ray Davies told the BBC’s Channel 4. “But I’ve made that work in the studio and it’s fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire.”
After making sure drummer Mick Avery would meet him “in the pub at least,” Davies explained. “We’ve been talking about it because I’ve got all these songs that I wrote, then the band — not broke up, we parted company — and I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it,” Davies said.
Davies, 74, said he was inspired by the Rolling Stones, who recently finished a short British tour, but conceded a Kinks reunion “won’t be well-organized like the Stones.” The band broke big with such songs as “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” and “So Tired of Waiting” “will probably play in the local bar.”
The Kinks formed in London in 1963. Besides Ray, Dave and Mick, the founding members included bassist Pete Quaife, who left the band in 1966, came back and left for good in 1969. Quaife died in 2010. Avory left in the mid-1980s. The band had a varied sound, going from “A Well-Respected Man,” through “Waterloo Sunset,” “Lola,” and “I’m not like Everybody Else,” to “Come Dancing” and “Celluloid Heroes. Ray and Dave Davies last performed together in 1996.
Ray Davies will release his second album in collaboration with the Jayhawks, Our Country: Americana II, on Friday. Dave Davies will drop his new album, Decade, in September.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.