In a video interview with Channel 4 at the time Ray said: “The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick never really got along very well. But I made that work in the studio – it fired me up to make them play harder and with fire.
“So if I can recapture those moments… I’ve got some great Kinks tunes in my head.”
And in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Dave has given further insight into what the pair have been up to recently.
He says: “The songs are really just in demo form now – but good demos. Ray is still dissecting various other material we might use. The intention is to get the work out, but it’s not a done deal.”
They’ve also been working on the 50th anniversary edition of their Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) album which is pencilled in for an October release.
Dave says: “That’s virtually done. It’s a really interesting package that’s going to have other songs from that time period like my solo track Hold My Hand.”
In bringing the package together, Dave reports they’ve stumbled across many other songs in their archive which have never been released but admits that some of it “needs a bit of work.”
Rolling Stone say that Ray has been adding touches to some of those older tracks while also working on new material, while Avory drums on a selection of songs, with the trio joined in the studio by bassist Bob Henrit.
As for a possible tour, Dave says: “It’s not out of the question. But at this stage, it’s far too early to say. It would be fun though, wouldn’t it?”
Speculation about a possible Kinks reunion was thought more likely in recent years after Ray made a guest appearance at Dave’s solo show in December 2015, performing the classic track You Really Got Me.
The pair had previously ended their two-decade feud by meeting and playing music together in 2014, which came after the death of original bassist Pete Quaife in 2010.
Jim Rodford who played bass with the band until 1996 died at the age of 76 last year.
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- The Kinks - Kwyet Kinks EP - UK - 7" vinyl - £45.00, $56.25, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 23-Sep-2020 17:19)on September 24, 2020 at 4:44 am
THE KINKS Kwyet Kinks (1965 UK 4-track solid centre 7" vinyl EP, featuring Wait Till The Summer Comes Along, Such A Shame, A Well Respected Man and Don't You Fret, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. Apart from a small tear at the opening& a little laminate creasing, the sleeve shows just a little light storage wear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just a few light surface scuffs to show for over fifty years NEP24221)
- The Kinks - Face To Face - Deluxe Edition - Japanese - SHM CD - Promo - £55.00, $68.75, €61.60 (New Item) (arrived 10-Jul-2020 13:50)on September 24, 2020 at 4:44 am
THE KINKS Face To Face - Deluxe Edition (2011 Japanese promo sample issue of the limited edition 42-track digitally remastered Double SHM-CD [Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players], issued to radio stations and reviewers ahead ofthe actual release. Originally released in 1965, now digitally remastered for 2011 and expanded with bonus recordings, includes the The Original Mono & Stereo Albums; with a custom stamped inner rim on each disc with each in their own mini-LP style card piture sleeve featuring the original UK jacket & alternative artwork, with a lyric booklet & promo stickered obi-strip, still in the stickered re-sealabe bag
- The Kinks - Don't Forget To Dance - German - 7" vinyl - £8.49, $10.61, €9.51 (New Item) (arrived 26-May-2020 13:06)on September 24, 2020 at 4:44 am
THE KINKS Don't Forget To Dance (1983 German 7" vinyl single with wide-centre, includes Young Conservatives, thin paper picture sleeve)
- The Kinks - Come Dancing - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.74, €7.83 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jun-2020 09:53)on September 24, 2020 at 4:44 am
THE KINKS Come Dancing (1982 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Noise, within a paper picture sleeve. Both sleeve & vinyl remain excellent ARIST502)
- The Kinks - Apeman - Solid - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jun-2020 15:15)on September 24, 2020 at 4:44 am
THE KINKS Apeman (Scarce 1970 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Rats. Issued in a blue Pye company die-cut paper sleeve, the vinyl has a couple of minor surface scuffs but the vinyl remains in excellent condition 7N.45016)