July 7, 2021

Songs That Changed Music: The Kinks - You Really Got Me 2

 



➡️➡️Learn more about The Kinks 'You Really Got Me' here: https://producelikeapro.com/blog/the-kinks-you-really-got-me/
➡️➡️Watch our other Songs, Artists, and Albums That Changed Music videos here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnLOmVwRMCqSQn4II8mF-VFiIujzkyQRE Despite being one of London’s most exciting new bands in 1964, the Kinks were off to a rocky start. After releasing two singles which flopped, Pye Records was threatening to drop the band if their next single wasn’t a hit. At this pivotal moment, the Kinks recorded “You Really Got Me” – saving their careers and creating their most iconic track. More than that, the song’s revolutionary sound and attitude would forever change the course of rock history The band’s first single, a cover of Little Richard’s Long Tall Sally, channeled those early rock ‘n roll roots, but its release attracted very little attention. Their second single “You Still Want Me” similarly struggled, never even charting. At this point, Pye was threatening to annul their contract if things didn’t turn around, placing immense pressure on the band’s next single. The Kinks were in need of a hit, and they found it when Ray Davies came in with a new song he had just written – “You Really Got Me.” He had written the song at the piano in his parents’ home while the rest of his family was sitting down to dinner. In addition to the guitar’s phenomenal energy, the drums also drive the song’s excitement. However, while the band had already met drummer Mick Avory by this time, his role in the band was not yet formalized. Thus, he did not play on “You Really Got Me” Instead, Talmy brought in seasoned studio drummer Bobby Graham. The song was released on August 4, 1964 and immediately began to climb the charts. It hit number 1 in the UK and was successful internationally, including hitting number 7 in the US Singles Charts. More than that, the song was incredibly influential on the entire rock music landscape. Musicians and fans were drawn to the Kinks’ aggressive, distorted sound. Pete Townshend of The Who even composed their first single, “I Can’t Explain” inspired by “You Really Got Me”. The band has been credited for pioneering the harder rock, power-chord sound that would dominate rock music for decades afterwards. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2005, Q magazine named it number nine on their list of 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Rolling Stone listed it number 82 on their list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and number 4 on their 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. It is without a doubt, one of rock music’s most influential and foundational tracks – having inspired generations of musicians to rock louder, harder and faster. ❤️My Favorite Plugins:
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