The Truth About The Kinks Singer Ray Davies ‘The Godfather Of Britpop’

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The Kinks is a scene-changing band formed in the 1960s in England. They quickly became an influential band whose presence became a massive force on the England music scene and the prominent acts of the British Invasion in the United States. They were active until 1996, with their discography consisting of more than twenty studio albums.

They also had a lot of lineup changes, but Ray Davies and Dave Davies were permanent members that carried The Kinks for 33 years. His ventures with The Kinks gave Ray Davies the nickname ‘The Godfather of Britpop,’ although he disagrees with the term and comes up with something like a concerned citizen of Britpop.

How Did Ray Davies Get His Nickname?

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When The Kinks emerged in the 1960s, they had a unique sound compared to their contemporaries. After time passed and the band became one of the older acts, most British pop bands started to harbor their sound in their songs. Hence, the band and Ray Davies became known to have influenced Britpop bands later on in their career. Instead of expanding to America, the band remained in England and became a primary inspiration for many musicians.

During this period, Ray Davies earned the informal title of ‘The Godfather of Britpop’ since he represented the roots of the British bands with his works representing his motherland’s music. Previously, Ray Davies opened up about this title and said he was happy to have influenced the British pop bands, but he didn’t think that he was the godfather. Instead, he considered himself a concerned uncle.

Here is what Davies said about his ‘Godfather’ nickname:

“I don’t know, really. It was like Britpop. There was a new energy that put pop music into a new gear. It was nice to be seen as having inspired that, but I’m not a godfather. More a concerned uncle.”

They inspired countless bands like Ramones, The Clash, Blondie, and The Jam. Heavy metal bands like Van Halen and Britpop bands like Oasis, Blur, and Pulp also mentioned The Kinks and Davies their muse. Furthermore, the musician impacted even psychedelic bands like The Doors and Jefferson Airplane. Queen’s Brian May also cited the band as an inspiration for the later songs, mainly guitar riff-based.