You Really Got Me Hopin’: Ray Davies Teases Possible Kinks Reunion

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It’s been nearly two decades since The Kinks broke up, but former frontman Ray Davies is toying with the idea of a reunion.

In a recent interview with ABC News Radio, the rock icon teased the possibility of hooking back up with his old bandmates (including brother Dave). Though the Davies brothers haven’t exactly been on the best terms throughout the years, time seems to have healed some wounds.

“I was walking down the street the other day and I thought to myself, ‘You know, I could write Dave a great song,’” Davies says. But he also makes it clear that a reunion would only make creative sense if the band were to write new material — instead of simply touring as a throwback act.

“My answer is ‘no’ if we’re just going to go out and play the oldies, ‘maybe’ if we can make good new music as well,” he says. “I must write something new, something fresh, because … as long as I’m alive, I’m living in the present world and I want to be inspired by it and resonate the world I live in.”

One catalyst for such a reunion could be Davies’ upcoming studio album, inspired by his memoir Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story. Davies says he’s “going to start recording” lyrics included throughout the book “as a sort of soundtrack,” and he hopes Ray Davies might be involved in some fashion.

“I like writing for his voice and I like writing for his guitar sound,” Ray pointed out. “So, even if I just do the soundtrack to Americana, there are some tracks I’d love Dave play on. So we’ll start from there and see how it works.”

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  1. I last saw the Kinks at the Gliderdrome in Boston Lincs in the 60s and have never forgot it. I would happily pay any price to see them again playing all the old great hits that they had in the early days.
    It’s like the movie friends of dreams. ( if you built it he will come ) people will pay any price to be back if the past reliving great days gone by days that they still remember like they were yesterday,
    I am well in to my 60s but still alive and still a mod. Once a mod always a mod, It’s a way of life,
    Arthur ( moose the Mod ) Cuthbert.

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