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The Kinks' Dave Davies Says His Brother Ray "Is Lying" About Creating "You Really Got Me" Guitar Sound

Courtesy of Dave Davies; Decca Label GroupAs Kinks fans await word about whether a long-hoped-for reunion finally will become a reality, guitarist Dave Davies is once again voicing irritation with his older brother, Ray, this time over who deserves credit for the raw guitar sound heard in the group's first hit, "You Really Got Me."

In a recent radio interview, Ray said he helped create the distorted sound when he stuck a knitting needle into an amplifier.  Dave has taken exception to this, as he's long held that he created the song's fuzzed-out guitar sound by slicing up the speaker of a little green amp he owned.

In a message posted on his official Facebook page this past week, Dave writes, "My brother is lying. I don't know why he does this but it was my Elpico amp that I bought and out of frustration I cut the speaker cone up with a razor blade and I was so shocked and surprised and excited that it worked that I demonstrated the sound to Ray and [Kinks bassist] Pete [Quaife]…Ray liked the sound and he had written a riff on the piano which formed the basis of the song 'You Really Got Me' and I played the riff on my guitar with MY new sound. I ALONE CREATED THIS SOUND."

Dave also says that Ray "never stuck a knitting needle or anything else in my amp," adding, "I am just flabbergasted and shocked at the depth of his selfish desire to take credit for everything. I never once claimed songwriting royalties on 'You Really Got Me' yet this song would not have happened without my guitar sound."

In a recent interview with ABC News Radio, Dave revealed that he was upset that Ray's story involving the knitting needle had been incorporated into the new Kinks stage musical, Sunny Afternoon, and insisted that the scene was revised.

"The first scene about the green amp that I saw was totally wrong," he maintained.  "I had to really put my foot down about it because I created that sound on my own."

Dave admitted that he was miffed that the musical depicted "Ray dominating the scene with his stupid bloody knitting needles.  Where the hell that knitting needle thing came from I have no idea."

He also pointed out that he eventually agreed to a compromise, so the scene still does include "a part near the end where Ray throws a knitting needle in the back [of the amp]."

Dave explained, "I decided to let it go because it does work dramatically better.  Like, you see me doing all the invention of what I did, but I thought, like, the first version…totally took away my creative invention of that amp and that sound.  But now at least it's presented as a more realistic event."

We'll have to wait and see whether this new conflict has any effect on a potential reunion.

In other news, Dave just finished a fall U.S. tour this past Friday in support of his new solo album, Rippin' Up Time.  The 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is scheduled to make an in-store CD-signing appearance this Thursday, December 4, at the Looney Tunes music shop in West Babylon, New York.

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