Peter Quaife

Depending on which legend you deem true, it was the late Peter Alexander Greenlaw Quaife who conjured the landmark riff to “You Really Got Me,” hence the birth of heavy metal as we know it.

Akin to his contemporary, Sir Paul, the Kinks’ founding bassist was noticeably inspired by the dance hall music which permeated radio broadcasts of post-War Britain with bass passages that defined the chord changes with a buoyant disposition. An early adopter of the Rickenbacker 4001 – as was Macca – Pete and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory flexed their collective rhythmic muscle on the more raucous releases in the Kinks canon, most notably on 1965’s Kinda Kinks and The Kinks Kontroversy.

To my ears, Pete’s choice performances lie in the grooves of his final album with the band, the 1968 classic The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society – which had the misfortune of being released on the same day as The Beatles “White Album” wherein Ray Davies’ sentimental song-cycle sank into obscurity until Brit-pop rockers in the 1990s afforded it the attention it so richly deserves.

Thomas SemioliComment