Ray Davies: The Kinks are officially getting back together

One of pop’s longest-running feuds appears to be over: on Monday, Ray Davies, frontman of The Kinks, revealed that the band would be reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years.

Davies, 74, told Channel 4 that he had been working in the studio with his brother Dave Davies and band mate Mick Avory, which had led to a resolution between the two warring members. Davies said that the group were “making a new Kinks album.”

“The trouble is, the two remaining members – my brother Dave and Mick – never got along very well. But I’ve made that work in the studio and it’s fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire,” Davies said, adding that he hoped to “recapture those moments.”

Davies received a phone call from Avory during the interview, which he finished by telling the drummer he would “see [him] in the pub later”. [ . . . ]

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Ray Davies on understanding hipsters, not talking to Pete Townshend – and why he fled Tony Blair’s Britain

Davies lives a mile and a half from the house in Muswell Hill where he was born, in Highgate village, a north London peak that lies above the modern-day smog. He says he stayed here because of the light. He sometimes does interviews on the park bench where he broke up with his first girlfriend, but today it is raining, so we meet at Café Rouge, in a back room, where his whispering voice can be caught on a tape recorder. As he [ . . . ]

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