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The Kinks

The Kinks were an English pop and rock group formed in 1963, and categorised in the US as a British Invasion band.

Despite being less commercially successful than their contemporaries, the Kinks are sometimes cited as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time.

The band's early hard-driving singles set a standard in the mid-1960s for rock and roll, while albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, and Muswell Hillbillies are highly regarded by fans, critics, and peers, and are considered amongst the most influential recordings of the era.

As self-professed Kinks fan Pete Townshend said for The History of Rock 'n' Roll: "The Kinks were much more quintessentially English.

I always think that Ray Davies should one day be Poet Laureate.

He invented a new kind of poetry and a new kind of language for pop writing that influenced me from the very, very, very beginning."

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