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Jim Rodford
Davies unravels decades of Kinks
By JANE STEVENSON -- Toronto Sun October 2, 1996
Ray Davies, who has his own love-hate relationship with brother and Kinks bandmate Dave, sees some parallels with those other feuding British brothers-musicians of the moment.

In fact, Davies says audiences at his hit one-man show, 20th Century Man - A Musical, which opens a five-night stand at the Danforth Music Hall next Tuesday, might think he's really talking about Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis.

"When they stopped their American tour, I actually felt sorry for them 'cause I understood exactly how they felt," says Davies, 52, on the phone from a tour stop in Stockbridge, Mass.

"There's a part of my show that deals with when the Kinks came from Europe to America for the first time and we got banned by the unions in the states. Anyone coming to the show now will think I've written it particularly with the Gallagher brothers in mind, but it's actually a recollection of what happened to us."

Despite that five-year ban by the American Federation of Musicians, rising from a 1965 appearance on the Hullabaloo TV show, the Kinks became a hugely influential band around the world with such guitar classics as You Really Got Me and All Day And All Of The Night, and Davies is widely recognized as one of pop music's greatest songwriters.

"We had a huge record success, but were totally unprepared, I suppose, for the culture change particularly," says Davies. "We were having lots of contractual problems. My brother was 16 when we made You Really Got Me. We were really young for what we were doing. And I was barely 20. So coming to America, suddenly successful, and having to deal with it ... And we're talking about 1965-'66, and it was not such an open-minded place."

Davies' recollections and stories about the Kinks' highs and lows, his stormy relationship with Dave - "I spoke to him at the weekend, he's fine," he says - are only part of 20th Century Man, a two-hour plus evening that includes Kinks hits, some new songs and interaction with the audience.


South by Southwest Keynote Speaker, Ray Davies



"There's Lennon, there's Dylan, and there's Davies." That's rock & roll's songwriting pantheon according to Kevin Carney of Austin's Wannabes, who like a gaggle of local musicians, is ecstatic that Ray Davies will be delivering this year's South by Southwest keynote address.