Ray Davies On World Cafe : World Cafe On the occasion of a new Kinks anthology, the British band's singer discusses creative frustration.

Ray Davies On World Cafe

Ray Davies On World Cafe

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Song List

  • "You Really Got Me"
  • "A Well Respected Man"
  • "Stop Your Sobbing"
  • "All Day And All Of The Night"

The Kinks put out so much music on Pye Records between 1964 and 1971 that a new anthology of the period takes five discs just to scratch the surface. So it makes sense that World Cafe's conversation with singer Ray Davies would need to be spread out over two days.

On this episode, the show kicks off with The Kinks' first hit, "You Really Got Me." The band was just a year old at the time, but it was already crafting a perfect mix of Ray Davies' writing and his brother Dave Davies' immaculate riffs. Here, the singer discusses how frustration made The Kinks' members take control to get the sound they wanted.