Ray Davies Looks Back At The Kinks 'You Really Got Me'

. (Classic Rock) Ray Davies believes that he wouldn't have been able to create classic Kinks track You Really Got Me if he'd been a more experienced songwriter. The 1964 piece was the band's third single and first hit, making them one of the main players in the British Invasion of the US. It's often referenced as a major inspiration for the fledgling heavy rock and heavy metal genres.

Frontman Davies tells Rock Cellar: "It was probably the third of fourth song I'd ever written. I think if I'd been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written it - there's something naive and basic about it.

"If I'd been accomplished I wouldn't have written it in the key I did, and I probably wouldn't have made that key shift, which was quite revolutionary but became common after we did it."

But the Kinks' first number one single came with a downside. Read about that here.

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