The Truth About The Kinks’ Split

Formed in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, The Kinks was among the most influential rock acts of the next decade. The band emerged at a time when British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat were at their height, and they became a part of the British Invasion of the States until they got a touring ban in 1965.

Throughout their music career, The Kinks became known for reflecting British culture and lifestyle in a witty manner. Although the band had a relatively inactive period in the mid-1970s, they started producing works again in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Famous bands like Van Halen and the Pretenders covered their songs, and The Kinks began selling more records.

The Davies brothers were the staple members of The Kinks. Despite a series of changes in the lineup, they continued to make music and live performances until their last public performance in 1996. In 1997, They decided to split due to issues between the siblings.

What Caused The Kinks To Disband?

In early 1986, The Kinks signed a contract with MCA Records in the US and London Records in the UK. With these new labels, they released their ‘Think Visual’ album. However, this album wasn’t successful as its predecessors. Their following live album ‘The Road’ and 1989’s ‘UK Jive’ was a failure, so MCA Records dropped them, and long-time keyboardist Ian Gibbons decided to leave.

In 1990, The Kinks were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in their first year of eligibility. However, this did not affect their deteriorating music career. The band signed with Columbia Records and released an EP titled ‘Did Ya’ in 1991. Although their re-release of 1968 hit ‘Days’ accompanied this EP, it failed to chart. The Kinks released their first record with Columbia, titled ‘Phobia’ in 1993.

Upon many failed attempts, Ian Gibbons’ replacement, Mark Haley, decided to leave, and Gibbons rejoined The Kinks for a US Tour. Throughout this period, The Kinks were highly disappointed with the drop in sales and chart failure. Although they struggled to get back on their feet with new releases, their efforts were futile. With the Britpop’s rise, their profile rose in the mid-1990s, but this had no positive effect on their commercial status.

Due to these facts, The Kinks gradually became less active, and the Davies brothers focused on individual interests. In mid-1996, the band gave their last public performance and came together for their last time at Dave’s 50th birthday party. In 1997, The Kinks split due to the creative tension between the brothers. Although there were rumors about a possible reunion from time to time, the Davies brothers weren’t interested in playing together again.

In 2018, Ray and Dave Davies announced working on reforming The Kinks after years of animosity and reunion rumors. They said they were working on a new studio album in 2018 and 2019, but it turned out that there was little to no progress on a Kinks reunion or an album. So, it remains unknown whether they will come together for a new release again in the future.