Picture Dave Davies when he’s getting old, sat by the fireside a-pondering on. He’d probably want to make the most of his time on earth by reuniting with his brother Ray for more new Kinks music, right? Well, until recently, maybe not. When we last checked in on the oft-bickering Davies brothers almost four years ago, the prospects of a Kinks reunion looked grim. They were only communicating via email, exclusively about business matters. Dave was calling Ray “an asshole” whose “toxic,” vampiric influence included throwing Dave a 50th birthday party only to stomp on his cake. (Honestly, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t go back and read that post.) Besides those cartoonish exploits, there was a familiar hesitancy to spoil a legacy: “It would be a shame,” Dave said. “You don’t need to see silly old men in wheelchairs singing ’You Really Got Me.’”
All that notwithstanding, the British Invasion greats suddenly sound a lot more likely to reunite. In an interview with The Sunday Times (via The Telegraph), Ray said the Davies brothers have resolved their differences and hope to get back to touring and recording this year. “I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again,” Ray said. “We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again. We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It’s got to be something new.” This follows an Uncut interview earlier this year in which the Davies brothers plus original drummer Mick Avory suggested the band might reunite for the 50th anniversary of their self-titled debut album.
Although it should be noted that the Kinks weren’t exactly maintaining their legendary ’60s and ’70s form in the years leading up to their 1996 breakup, any chance of rekindling the partnership that brought us “Picture Book,” “Lola,” “All Day And All Of The Night,” “Victoria,” “20th Century Man,” “You Really Got Me,” and “Do You Remember Walter?” is worth getting excited about. Bask in reminiscence below.