Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Kinks – You Really Got Me

The Kinks

366 – The Kinks – You Really Got Me (1964)
Written by Ray Davies
Produced by Shel Talmy
Label – Pye/Reprise

Dave Davies’ overdriven power chords deliberately distorted by wrecking his amplifier beforehand; the propulsive rhythms and Ray Davies’ expressive vocals, all leading to the birth of hard rock music. This must have sounded like it came from another planet when it was released in 1964. The performer of the iconic guitar solo is still open to debate. Was it Dave Davies or Jimmy Page? Who cares? Just bask in the urgent glory of this mighty single.

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2 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Kinks – You Really Got Me

  1. quality riffage. without this, there’s no metal, no punk, oh dear, how sad the world would be, statues of Pat Boone in every city. Praise the Davies clan.

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