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Dave Davies Says the Distorted Guitar Tone He Created Influenced Keith Richards

Credit: R.G. WilsonA few months ago, during various interviews Keith Richards did to promote his new solo album, Crosseyed Heart, the Rolling Stones guitarist shared some negative opinions about several well-known bands, including Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Metallica and even The Beatles. In the wake of those comments, The Kinks' Dave Davies, whose band emerged from the same 1960s London scene as The Stones, says he's surprised that Richards has never had much to say -- good or bad -- about his influential group.

Davies tells ABC Radio that he feels the distorted guitar sound he created that's heard on The Kinks' classic 1964 hit "You Really Got Me" must have influenced Keith's fuzzed-out solo on The Stones' breakout 1965 single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

"You never heard The Stones talk about The Kinks, and never pay any kind of comment or critique or criticism or anything about 'You Really Got Me,'" Dave maintains. "I mean, the guitar sound [on that song] was actually, like Jimi Hendrix said…a landmark guitar sound. You never hear [Richards] talk about The Kinks' influence on their music or music per se."

Davies adds, "My guitar tone…there was no one doing that in England. I don't know if anybody in the world was. But ['You Really Got Me'] had to be a good year…before 'Satisfaction.'"

Dave says he does think "'Satisfaction' was a great record," while noting that Richards plays "single lines through a fuzz box" on that track, in comparison with the power chords Davies plays on "You Really Got Me."

Meanwhile, Davies tells ABC Radio that he agrees with Richards' assessment of The Grateful Dead, which Keith called "boring" in an interview with Billboard.

"To be honest, I never understood The Grateful Dead," says Dave. "I never really knew what all the fuss was about."

The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had kinder words for a couple other Americans bands that date back to the 1960s.

"The Byrds were a really big influence on me, personally, and The Lovin' Spoonful, I think, had to be one of the most underrated bands that came out of America at that time," he tells ABC Radio. He adds that he and his brother, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, "were listening to The Lovin' Spoonful above and beyond The Beatles."

Dave says what was significant about The Lovin' Spoonful was they "started off that kind of integrating lots of different elements -- blues, country and folk music and a bit of rock." He explains that he also is drawn to the music of The Band for the same reason.

As previously reported, Ray Davies made a surprise appearance last month at a solo concert by Dave in London, marking the first time since The Kinks' last tour ended in 1996 that the Davies brothers have performed on stage together. Dave has yet to announce any tour plans for 2016.

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