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When Dave Davies slashed the speaker in his little green Elpico amplifier with a razorblade in July 1964, he probably didn’t realise that rock music would never be the same again.
As simple and direct as can be, You Really Got Me's brilliant, rasping two-chord riff came about from an attempt at working out The Kingsmen’s Louie Louie.
Brian May perhaps sums up its importance best: "Ray Davies and Dave Davies planted the seed which grew into riff-based music." For more from Brian on The Kinks, check out our exclusive interview here.