What can you say about this band? They didn't invent "Power Pop" but it wouldn't exist without them.
I love everything about their 60's and 70's classic albums, even the surfing, cars and girls songs. Pet Sounds is one of the greatest albums of all time!
Pete Townsend coined the phrase "Power Pop" to describe his group's music in the mid 60's. I think it fits perfectly for songs like "The Kids Are All Right" and many more classics!.
These guys (along with the Searchers and Hollies!) put the 12-string Jangle in Rock music. Brilliant song writers when they weren't covering Dylan or DeShannon, especially Gene Clark. Too bad the original lineup didn't stay together for more than 3 albums.
I still can't decide if I like the early "You Really Got Me" early Kinks, the later "Village Green" era Kinks better, or even the Arista AOR era! Ray Davies has written so many fantastic songs!