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The Kinks: There are divergent accounts about this British group from brothers Ray and Dave Davies. It's agreed they started as the Ray Davies Quartet and renamed The Ramrods after a Duane Eddy instrumental. Other names included The Ravens, after a 1963 Boris Karloff horror movie and meant as a pun on "rave(r)"; and the Bo(ll) Weevils, a track attributed to Eddie Cochran and Bo Diddley.
Ray recalls: "We were having a drink in a pub with Larry Page [manager] – and somebody commented on the fake-leather capes Dave and Pete [Quaife, bassist] were wearing. Someone else said we were wearing kinky boots, similar to those worn in Honor Blackman in The Avengers." This was 1963; the TV series ran from 1961 to 1969. "Larry concluded … we might as well call ourselves The Kinks." Dave maintains the suggestion was from Arthur Howes, their booking agent. Page exploited the choice's curiosity value, with early photos showing The Kinks looking uncomfortable in pink hunting jackets, buckles, frilly shirts and riding whips. Even the drum featured a logo with high-heeled boots.
The brothers thought the tag wouldn't last but agreed the name was short enough to look good on posters (cf The Who). Dedicated followers of fashion that they were, they knew the epithet was in keeping with swinging sixties London, where "kinky" was in common currency as a fashion-to-sex buzzword.
Related: Muswell Hillbillies. Influenced: The Knack.
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