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Ray Davies wrote "You Really Got Me" with the help of his brother Dave. It was released in 1964 on their first album.

Ray said the song was about being with someone that overwhelms you so much that you can't speak.

Dave slashed the cone speaker of his amp to get the dirty guitar sound.It's one of the most identifiable guitar riffs ever created.

The song was inspired by many of the cover tunes they were doing at the time and jazz/blues songs they were listening to.


Paul Quaife played the bass for the Kinks from 1962 to 1969 and was a founding member. 

He did join the band again on stage in 1990 when the Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In an interview for "Goldmine Magazine", John Entwistle stated, "I'd say one of my favorite bass players was Pete Quaife, because he literally drove the Kinks along." High praise.

Pete wrote a semi-autobiography called "Veritas Volumes 1 & 2" about a fictional band called that is available on This is loosely based on his own life.

Sadly, Pete died in 2010 at the young age of 66 from kidney failure.

The bassline for "You Really Got Me" is simple but it really drives the song. It really enforces both the guitar riff and the vocal/title hook.

Pete Quaife

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