The Kinks Biography

The Kinks were part of the British Invasion


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The Kinks

The Kinks were an English pop/rock group formed in 1963.

Categorised as a ‘British Invasion’ band, along with the other members of the so-called ‘Big Four’ (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who), they changed popular music forever.

Among their hits you can find ‘Lola’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and ‘You Really Got Me’ which, fourteen years later, would be covered by Van Halen, using a much louder amp.

‘Sunny Afternoon’ first appeared on the 1966 album ‘Face To Face’ and later as a single from that album. Finally, it appeared as the title track of their 1967 compilation album.

When released as a single in the summer of 1966, it went to #1 in the U.K and Ireland. Whilst in America it reached #14.

It wasn’t just The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles who went to America with their blues, soul and rock n roll infused pop. The Kinks was also a part of the phenomenon along with The Searchers, The Yardbirds, The Animals and The Hollies.

None of the bands might have achieved the same craze as The Beatles did, but the communal effort has bound British pop and rock with American popular music culture ever since.

The British invasion

The British invasion of blues guitar influenced pop brought artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. and Albert King back to fame in America and the world over.

It also changed American music into a much more raw art form and made the electric guitar the most popular instrument in the world.

Many popular culture historians would argue that this ultimately came down to the “Big Four” as well as these two individuals: Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

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Sunny Afternoon – Guitar Lesson

‘Sunny Afternoon’ has a bass line to create a looped pattern for the intro/chorus tag in a minor key.

When the chorus starts, the same major key is applied and we get a great sense of positive relief.

Going from minor to major like this is one of the best tricks to apply when you want to create tension and release writing a song.

Go to video lessons: Sunny Afternoon chords.

Sunny Afternoon – Lyrics

Sunny AfternoonThe tax man’s taken all my dough
And left me in my stately home
Lazing on a sunny afternoon
And I can’t sail my yacht
He’s taken everythin’ I’ve got

For complete lyrics, go to Sunny Afternoon lyrics.

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