[-[[caption-width-right:330:The classic line-up, from left to right: Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory, and Pete Quaife.]]-]

->''"We are the Village Green Preservation Society."''

The Kinks were an English rock band, one of the "Big Four" [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion British Invasion]] bands of TheSixties (along with Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheRollingStones, and Music/TheWho) and LongRunners, having experienced a career's worth of highs and lows before throwing in the towel in 1996. While they have had many members, their most famous line-up was composed of vocalist[=/=]guitarist[=/=][[IAmTheBand mastermind]] Ray Davies, his vocalist/guitarist brother Dave Davies, bassist Pete Quaife (left in 1969, died 2010) and the former (albeit briefly) drummer of Music/TheRollingStones, Mick Avory (who left in 1984).

The Kinks began their career as a bluesy, hard-edged mod-rock band, gaining success with their loud, [[EarWorm memorable]] hits "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night" and "Tired of Waiting for You", which set them up as a band to contend with and provided endless inspiration to future genres like GarageRock and PowerPop. Their rowdy live shows got them banned from America until 1969, though arguably it ultimately served them well, encouraging [[IAmTheBand Ray Davies]] to write songs that emphasised their essential Britishness and tended to a more nostalgic and pastoral feel than their States-struck contemporaries.

They changed gears in 1965, diversifying away from [[Website/{{Cracked}} scrotum-grinding guitar anthems]] to experiment with other genres like folk, music hall, country and blues-rock, resulting in a more laid-back sound. It was also around this period that Ray developed his now-famous lyrical talent. This period saw the release of songs like "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "Sunny Afternoon" and "Waterloo Sunset", culminating in ''Music/TheKinksAreTheVillageGreenPreservationSociety'' and ''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)''.

The band changed once again in TheSeventies, exploring a more theatrical, campy sound. This only worsened their declining popularity; however, the resulting {{concept album}}s are starting to garner some reappraisals. They then restyled themselves as an arena rock band in 1976. Lucky enough to be synchronised with the PunkRock explosion and some successful covers of their songs by {{Punk|Rock}} and {{New Wave|Music}} bands, The Kinks rode their second wave of popularity until the early '80s, culminating when their single "Come Dancing" became a worldwide smash in early 1983. They then went back to being a cult band before calling it quits in 1996.

Admired for their melodic mastery of pop, their enormous variety of styles, the insight and wit of their lyrics, and their huge influence on almost all subsequent bands that cultivated any sort of outsider underdog image.

You can now vote for your favourite Kinks album [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/Sandbox/BestAlbumTheKinks here.]]

!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):
* '''[[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Avory]]''' - drums, percussion, tambourine (196484)
* '''Dave Davies''' - guitar, backing and lead vocals, banjo (196496)
* '''Ray Davies''' - lead vocals, guitar, keyboard, harmonica, piano, mellotron, harp, harpsichord, organ, tuba, maracas, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, accordion, oboe, flute, synthesizer (196496)
* '''Pete Quaife''' - bass, vocals (196469, died 2010)
* John Dalton - bass, backing and lead vocals (196976, 1978)
* Gordon Edwards - keyboard, piano, vocals (1978)
* Ian Gibbons - keyboard, piano, vocals (197989, 199396)
* John Gosling - keyboard, piano, organ, vocals, accordion, synthesizer (197078)
* Mark Haley - keyboard, piano, vocals (198993)
* Bob Henrit - drums, percussion (198496)
* Andy Pyle - bass, vocals (197678)
* [[Music/TheZombies Jim Rodford]] - bass, vocals (197896)

!!UK studio discography:

* 1964 - ''Kinks''
* 1964 - ''Kinksize Session'' (EP)
* 1965 - ''Kinksize Hits'' (EP)
* 1965 - ''Kinda Kinks''
* 1965 - ''Kwyet Kinks'' (EP)
* 1965 - ''The Kink Kontroversy''
* 1966 - ''Dedicated Kinks'' (EP)
* 1966 - ''Face to Face''
* 1967 - ''Music/SomethingElseByTheKinks''
* 1968 - ''Music/TheKinksAreTheVillageGreenPreservationSociety''
* 1969 - ''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)''
* 1970 - ''Music/LolaVersusPowermanAndTheMoneygoroundPartOne''
* 1971 - ''Percy''
* 1971 - ''Music/MuswellHillbillies''
* 1972 - ''Everybody's in Show-Biz'' [[note]]The first half of the album was recorded in the studio[[/note]]
* 1973 - ''Preservation Act 1''
* 1974 - ''Preservation Act 2''
* 1975 - ''Soap Opera''
* 1975 - ''Schoolboys in Disgrace''
* 1977 - ''Sleepwalker''
* 1978 - ''Misfits''
* 1979 - ''Low Budget''
* 1981 - ''Give the People What They Want''
* 1983 - ''State of Confusion''
* 1984 - ''Word of Mouth''
* 1986 - ''Think Visual''
* 1989 - ''UK Jive''
* 1991 - ''Did Ya''
* 1993 - ''Phobia''

!!Live Discography:

* 1965 - ''Kinks in Germany''
* 1967 - ''The Live Kinks'' [[note]]Released in the UK as ''Live At Kelvin Hall'' in 1968[[/note]]
* 1968 - ''Live at Kelvin Hall'' [[note]]Released in the US as ''The Live Kinks'' in 1967[[/note]]
* 1972 - ''Everybody's in Show-Biz'' [[note]]The second half of the album was recorded live[[/note]]
* 1980 - ''One for the Road''
* 1984 - ''Live: The Road''
* 1994 - ''To the Bone''

!! "The Kinks are the Village Trope Preservation Society":
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** ''Everybody's in Show-Biz'' takes its title from a lyric in "Celluloid Heroes".
** The Kinks sing "We are the Village Green Preservation Society" in "The Village Green Preservation Society", from ''Music/TheKinksAreTheVillageGreenPreservationSociety''.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Parodied in some of their songs, the most over-the-top being "He's Evil" from ''Preservation Act 2''.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Parodied ''and'' played straight in "Catch Me Now I'm Falling" in the album ''Low Budget'' (it has the theme of the weak economy of the 70's). America's economy is down and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica asks the world to catch them now that its falling, by reminding them of all the times America has supported them.
* AntiChristmasSong: "Father Christmas" (1977) is about a gang of bitter poor children who mug a guy playing Santa, demanding not toys but money ("Give all the toys to the little rich boys").
* AntiLoveSong: "When I Turn Off the Living Room Light" - because you're too ugly to get it on with otherwise.
* BittersweetEnding: Arthur. OH GOD, [[UpToEleven ARTHUR]].
* BookDumb[=/=]DumbIsGood: "Mountain woman couldn't read or write but she knew good from evil, she knew wrong from right".
* BornInTheWrongCentury: "20th Century Man" is just the most obvious example.
* ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam: "Come Dancing" laments the replacement of adolescence's dance hall with a bowling alley, then a parking lot. The nearby supermarket also becomes a parking lot.
* ChivalrousPervert:
** The narrator in "Art Lover" from ''Give the People What They Want'':
---> "I'm not a flasher in a rain coat/I'm not a dirty old man/I'm not gonna snatch you from your mother/I'm an art lover".
** Ray Davies' persona in general seems to land somewhere between this and JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* ClosetKey: "Lola" is about a naive young virgin man who meets a sexy woman in a bar, discovers that she isn't a woman, and realises he doesn't mind.
* ConceptAlbum: Many of their best albums -- ''Music/TheKinksAreTheVillageGreenPreservationSociety'', ''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)'', ''Music/LolaVersusPowermanAndTheMoneygoroundPartOne'', ''Music/MuswellHillbillies''. Each album had a specific theme pertaining to NostalgiaFilter, the end of the GoodOldWays, the rise of StepfordSuburbia and the soul crushing ConspicuousConsumption surrounding contemporary life, of which the music industry is a part of. Paradoxically, this made The Kinks an influence on the Punk era (Johnny Rotten called them his favourite band) because they were among the few to sing about what was really happening between TheSixties and TheSeventies under the surface of the Hippie Era. They later became interested in Rock Opera with ''Everybody's in Show-Biz'', ''Preservation'' (Act One and Two), ''A Soap Opera'' and ''Schoolboys in Disgrace'', which were seen as less successful.
* ContinuityNod:
** "Destroyer" begins with the narrator mentioning a girl named "Lola", and it's set to the riff from "All Day and All of the Night".
** Ray quotes the lyrics and melody of the chorus to "Loony Balloon" from ''UK Jive'' on the ''Phobia'' cut, "Drift Away".
* CultSoundtrack: ''Percy''.
* TheDandy: "Dedicated Follower of Fashion". "Dandy", despite its title, is ''not'' about one of these, but rather TheCasanova.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Everybody's in Show-Biz'' has one LP studio, one live.
* DoubleEntendre:
** "I know what I am and [[AmbiguousSyntax I'm glad I'm a man, and so is Lola.]]"
** "Ah, the smart young ladies of the land / Can't relax without a harry in their hand"
* EpicRocking: Pops up throughout their career, but might be most evident in "Shangri-La".
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Ray is the Cynic; Dave is the Optimist; Pete was the Realist; Mick is the Apathetic.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Ray Davies '''(Choleric)''' - controlling, sarcastic, temperamental and cynical
** Dave Davies '''(Melancholic)''' - argumentative, sensitive, rebellious and stubborn
** Pete Quaife '''(Sanguine)''' - sociable, mischievous, outgoing and diplomatic
** Mick Avory '''(Phelgmatic)''' - abrasive, sociable, easy-going and volatile
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "Lola" was censored by the BBC not for its lyrics about a sexual tryst with a transvestite, but for its use of the brand name Coca-Cola. This was duly changed to "cherry cola". Given that this occurs during the very first verse, maybe was it a case of CensorDecoy?
** Their next single, "Apeman", contains the line "the air pollution is fogging up my eyes". We know it sounds like "fucking". They know it sounds like "fucking". And whoever produced the album knew it sounds like "fucking", since they very clumsily reduce that solitary word's volume so its barely audible. Ironically, while everyone involved claims it's definitely "fogging", this makes it harder to decipher whether Ray Davies does actually sing "fogging" or "fucking".
* GoingNative: Ray fantasizes about doing this in "Apeman".
* GoodOldWays: Part of the reason the Kinks fell out of fashion in the forward-looking, revolutionary-reactionary [[TheSixties Sixties]] was because of their fondness for this.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** The line from "A Well-Respected Man" that goes "And he likes his fags the best". The word "fag" refers to cigarettes, not the discriminatory term for homosexual people; this is more a case of SeparatedByACommonLanguage, as the term is still in use, and the use of "fag" as a slur is distinctly American.
** David Watts is "so gay and fancy-free".
** And their paean to cigarette smoking is called ''Harry Rag''. Which is cockney rhyming slang for...
* HeavyMeta: ''Lola versus Powerman...'' is about the music industry as a whole. Furthermore, there's "Session Man" (which is about session musicians, and how no one treats them like "real" musicians) and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (which is more aimed at the Mod scene as a whole rather than just the music). For an extra slice of meta, consider the fact that quintessential "session man" Nicky Hopkins plays piano on "Session Man", which was song reportedly inspired by him.
* HollywoodHollywood: "Celluloid Heroes" and "Oklahoma USA" are wistful songs about the glamour of Hollywood and the idealised world its stars present to ordinary folks' imagination.
* IJustWantToBeYou: The narrator in "David Watts".
* LastChorusSlowDown: "Australia" is notorious for this. The first half of the song is good; if only the whole thing weren't ''so long''...
* LocationSong: "Big Black Smoke", named after a nickname for London.
* LonersAreFreaks: The Kinks (and many of their fans) would self-identify as misfits, or at least as "not like everybody else".
* {{Muggles}}: Ordinary people and working class situations feature in a lot of songs, and are probably the only aspect of British life to have escaped Ray's barbed wit.
* TheMovieBuff: Ray Davies actually went to film school and planned to make movies (so far he's made documentaries, including one on Thelonius Monk). Many of his songs feature movie references, most notably "Celluloid Heroes" and "Oklahoma USA" among others.
* OneManSong: "David Watts"
* OneWomanSong: "Lola"
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Dave Davies next to his older brother (and arguably the band as a whole next to their peers).
* PerformanceAnxiety: "All of My Friends Were There".
* PrecisionFStrike: From many a live performance of "Lola", including the version presented on their landmark video album ''One for tbe Road'': "Lo-fucking-la!".
* ProtestSong:
** "Apeman". The entire album that song is from (''Lola vs. Powerman'') is pretty much one big TakeThat to the music industry (specifically the {{Corrupt Corporate|Executive}} {{Executive Meddl|ing}}ers).
** Another "protest album" with ''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire).'' Each song mocks British (or Western) nationalism, materialism, and shallow culture.
* RockOpera: From the much-praised (''Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)'') to the much-maligned (''Preservation''; ''Soap Opera''; ''Schoolboys in Disgrace''), although if you can get into the camp humour of the latter two, they become much more tolerable.
* SatireParodyPastiche: "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" is Satire; "Top of the Pops" is Parody; "Sunny Afternoon" is Pastiche. A large number of their songs are generally poignant reflections on popular culture, including comic books and movies, and how they take on a life in the minds of the people who read and see them.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut album was simply titled ''Kinks''.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Especially in the early days, and especially especially for (then teen-aged) Dave Davies.
* SiblingRivalry: Ray and Dave Davies.
-->'''Dave Davies:''' Ray is a vain, egocentric, narcissistic arsehole, [but] I won't have anybody call him that except me. Because I love him to death. He is my brother.
* SmokingIsCool: "Harry Rag".
* SoundEffectBleep: That "OH NO!" scream right before the guitar solo in "You Really Got Me" was overdubbed by Ray to [[SiblingRivalry drown out Dave telling him to fuck off]].
-->'''Ray Davies:''' And it's even clearer on CD, it's really embarrassing.
* SpotOfTea: Whole songs are written on the subject, particularly "Afternoon Tea" and "Have A Cuppa Tea".
* StepfordSuburbia: "Shangri-La".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Dave sang almost every song he wrote as well as a few of the early covers and several of Ray's songs ("Wicked Annabella", "Sleepless Night", "Bernadette"); bassist John Dalton has the only lead vocal not by one of the Davies brothers, doing an Elvis impersonation on the Ray-written track "Willesdon Green" from ''Percy'' (it's also on ''The Kink Kronikles'').
* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: "Willesden Green" is a nod to many country songs being about the subject of homesickness.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: The early days, very much so.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Victoria", "Drivin'", "Shangri-La".
* TropeMakers: Indian-sounding instruments and melodies were used on both "See My Friends" and "Fancy" a few months before "Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles was released.
* UrExample: The recent ''Heavy Metal Britannia'' documentary cited "You Really Got Me" as the starting point for the guitar-driven, riff-based rock that eventually evolved into hard rock and early metal.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: "Lola", but even more substantially the cross-dressing husband (and eventually wife too) of "Out of the Wardrobe".
* WishFulfillment: "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" tackles this. The economy is so bad that, "If I were Superman/I'd fly away".
* TheWoobie: [[invoked]] "Celluloid Heroes" depicts Marilyn Monroe as this:
-->But please don't tread on dearest Marilyn\\
'Cos she's not very tough,\\
She should have been made of iron or steel,\\
But she was only made of flesh and blood.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Some versions of "Lola" change the line "you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola" to "cherry cola". This was to allow the song to be played on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] radio, which at the time had a draconian policy against ProductPlacement that banned even fleeting or derogatory references to brand names in songs.