The Kinks have the unique honor of remaining underrated despite being card-carrying members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “You Really Got Me” remains a staple of oldies radio and a handful of the band’s other songs will be familiar to those with at least a cursory understanding of classic rock (and the films of Wes Anderson) but on the whole, The Kinks don’t get enough credit for their role in the British Invasion and their influence on the more pastoral side of indie rock.
That’s due, at least in part, to the fact the group hasn’t played together since 1996 because of the disputes and infighting that have plagued the group for its entire career. Despite the acrimony that’s marked the public relationship between the band’s two principals, guitarist Dave Davies and his brother and Kinks frontman Ray Davies, there’s new hope that the band could reunite later this year for its 50th anniversary.
Speaking with the Sunday Times of London, per Rolling Stone on June 9, Ray Davies said that he met with his brother last week “about getting together again,” comments later confirmed by Dave Davies on his Facebook. These remarks come in addition to an interview Dave gave to Rolling Stone last year in which he stated that the odds of a Kinks reunion tour were “50/50.”
Should the bad reunite, there’s a possibility they could be touring in support of new music. In his interview with the Sunday Times, Ray Davies said that he and Dave “both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It’s got to be something new.” He said that Dave Davies has “been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again.”
Again, this is all speculative, but the fact that the brothers Davies are even communicating in person -- and that their original drummer Mick Avory, who left the group in 1984, has indicated that he would be open to a reunion as well -- is a positive development for a group that has “always been tempestuous.” With a resurgent interest in the band thanks to the recently opened musical Sunny Afternoon, which chronicles the band’s early days, the time would appear ripe for a comeback, or at least one last ride into the “Waterloo Sunset.”