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Vocalist Johnny Rotten and guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols
Characteristic fashion of punks
"Louie Louie" 10-note riff
Iggy Pop, the "godfather of punk"
Original release
Facade of legendary music club CBGB, New York
The Clash performing in 1980
The Misfits developed a "horror punk" style in New Jersey.
The cover features Black Flag's singer Dez Cadena and some of his improvised lyrics to "Louie Louie".
Flipper, performing in 1984
Debbie Harry performing in Toronto in 1977
Bad Brains at 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., 1983
Crass were the originators of anarcho-punk. Spurning the "cult of rock star personality", their plain, all-black dress became a staple of the genre.
Ben Weasel of pop punk band Screeching Weasel
Dave Grohl, later of Nirvana, in 1989
Queercore band Pansy Division performing in 2016
Riot grrrl band Bratmobile in 1994
Green Day singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, with bassist Mike Dirnt to the right
1980s punks with leather jackets and dyed mohawk hairstyles
Rage Against The Machine performing at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. March 1993.

"You Really Got Me" was built around power chords (perfect fifths and octaves) and heavily influenced later rock musicians, particularly in the genres of heavy metal and punk rock.

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According to the band's manager, Larry Page, the song's characteristic riff came about while working out the chords of the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie".

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The Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie" is often cited as punk rock's defining "ur-text".

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In England, largely under the influence of the mod movement and beat groups, the Kinks' 1964 hit singles "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night", were both influenced by "Louie, Louie".

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Sources vary on the impact of "Louie Louie" on the writing of "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night".

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As the "godfather of punk", he inspired a host of punk rock successors, including many with their own versions as the song became a "live staple for many punk-rock bands of the 1970s".

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Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.

The Kinks

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English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies.

Original line-up in 1965. From left: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory.
6 Denmark Terrace, the childhood home of the Davies brothers. The front room is where the family's frequent Saturday night parties were held.
Publicity photo taken during a Swedish tour in 1965
Promotional photograph, 1966
Ray Davies plays a Fender acoustic, Dave Davies a prototype Gibson Flying V, on the Dutch TV programme Fenklup on 29 April 1967.
The Kinks, c. 1971. From left: John Gosling, Dave Davies, Mick Avory, John Dalton, Ray Davies (the band's line-up 1970–1976, 1977–1978)
Ray Davies in character as Mr Flash, the anti-hero of the Preservation series
Ray Davies in Brussels, 1985, as the group's popularity began to dwindle
Dave Davies at the Dakota Creek Roadhouse, 2002

Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.

"You Really Got Me", a Ray Davies song, influenced by American blues and the Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie", was recorded on 15 June 1964 at Pye Studios with a slower and more produced feel than the final single.

Due to their pioneering contribution to the field, they have often been labelled as "the original punks".