12 Daves Of Christmas: 3 - Dave Davies of The Kinks

Ray Davies is the voice of The Kinks, but his brother Dave's guitar was the sound...

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Dave's has often been credited with 'inventing speaker distortion' His desire to obtain a more aggressive guitar tone for You Really Got Me ultimately drove him to take a razor blade to the speaker cones of his handbag-sized Elpico combo, and a legend was born.

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The Kinks were originally Dave's band, formed in 1963. His brother Ray joined up later...


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