Dave Davies - Resume : Kinks (1963-)
LEGACY: Davies was just as apt to slug his brother Ray as he was to embellish
Ray's songs. That aggression is clearly exhibited in the feral guitars of "You
Really Got Me." Although Davies' belligerent approach to chording was a major
component of his early - '60s tone, he was aided and abetted by the Elpico amplifier
that Ray immortalised as the "tiny green amp" in his book X-Ray. Even somewhat
languid songs, such as "Sunny Afternoon" have an essence of menace, as
if Davies is picking notes with a switchblade. Of course, Davies was capable of making
'pretty' sounds too, and his sensitive playing on songs such as "Waterloo Sunset"
helped frame the mood of Ray's lyrical ideas. But, let's face it, the really groovy
thing about Davies is that he was a seminal punk who delighted in giving his brother's
high-brow pop a kick in the ass.
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