The Kinks is a British rock band founded in 1963 in London by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. It is one of the major groups of the British Invasion and remains considered one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. Over their three decades of existence, the Kinks have drawn their influences from a wide variety of genres, from American rhythm and blues to British music-hall to folk and country. They had their first major success in 1964 with the single You Really Got Me, a song with a distorted guitar sound that became an international hit. Their music became more contemplative in the 1960s with the development of Ray Davies' writing style, whose songs reflected English culture and lifestyle in a nostalgic and ironic tone. The album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, released in 1968, marks the pinnacle of this pastoral trend, against the current of fashionable psychedelism. In the first half of the 1970s, Kinks music took on a more theatrical aspect with a series of rock operas that were less appealing to audiences and critics. The band is getting a second wind with the arrival of the new wave, when artists like The Jam, The Knack and The Pretenders cover their songs. His music is then tinged with arena rock, even heavy metal accents. The Kinks were once again presented as a major influence of the Britpop current of the 1990s by groups such as Blur and Oasis, but their commercial prospects were then so poor that they split in 1996. A meeting involving the Davies brothers and the original drummer Mick Avory is scheduled for late 2018. Brothers Raymond Douglas Davies (born June 21, 1944) and David Russell Gordon Davies (born February 3, 1947) were born in East Finchley, a suburb of North London. They are the last of Frederick and Annie Davies' eight children, and the only boys. The Davies family moves to 6 Denmark Terrace, on Fortis Green, in the nearby suburb of Muswell Hill. Ray and Dave discover music through the music hall of their parents' generation, but also jazz and rock'n' roll that their older sisters listen to. The parties that take place in the Davies' house on Saturday evening have a strong influence on their musical development. The two brothers learn the guitar to play skiffle and rock'n' roll together.