The Kinks: Dave Davies On Reissues And Reunions
Dave Davies is recognised as one of the pioneers of the guitar sound that’s helped to define rock and metal over the past 45 years and more. As The Kinks continue their reissue programme (their first three albums will be put out in deluxe formats next month), he talks to Classic Rock about these albums and his thoughts on a reunion.
Have you had any involvement in helping to put together the new versions of
the Kinks albums which are being reissued?
“Yes I have had a great deal of input in putting these packages together- I think the artwork, pics, layout and research that has gone into it all is quite impressive, although some is quite densely written, I would expect any record or CD collector to be proud
to own such a wonderful collection of music.”
How do you rate these albums now?
“They sound better than ever. Like all good art they never lose their quality, drive and inspiration.”
Many people now perceive the riff for You Really Got Me as the birth of
heavy metal. Do you accept that?
“I think that riff, and of course the guitar sound that I developed ,was indeed the start of heavy rock guitar and the beginnings of heavy metal. I wish I had patented the sound. Ha ha!”
What is your favourite era of The Kinks?
“I like each era for different reasons. The 60s for its freshness and spontaneity, sexuality and uniqueness.The 70s for its creativity and developing musicianship.The 80s and
90s for its power, professional attitude and highly attuned creative verve and fascinating, even quirky, brilliance..
There has been talk of a Kinks reunion. Would you consider such a move?
“Anything is possible, but there are some creative and business issues
that need sorting before we can even speculate further.”
Are you involved at all with the planned Kinks movie?
“I have been involved creatively and practically, and as a consultant with the Kinks movie at every stage since its inception, and expect to be involved until its completion.”
What have you got planned musically for the near future?
“I am planning a new solo album and a Dave Davies CD box set. A stage musical version of The Aschere Project. There’s also Two Worlds, a CD colaboration with my son Russ. Plus part two of the DVD project Dave Davies Kronikles, a collaboration with my son Martin (who
is a wonderful filmmaker in his own right). The first part was released last year and was titled Mystical Journey.”
Find out more at www.davedavies.com