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 - Golden Hour Of The Kinks - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 05-Mar-2021 13:00)on March 5, 2021 at 9:42 pm
THE KINKS Golden Hour Of The Kinks (Late 70s, early 80s UK issue of the 1971 20-track compilation LP, non-embossed picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some minor wear, whilst the vinyl is Excellent with few signs of play GH501)
- The Kinks - Beat Instrumental Monthly No.40 - UK - magazine - £20.00, $27.20, €22.40 (Back In Stock) (arrived 26-Feb-2021 09:27)on March 5, 2021 at 9:42 pm
THE KINKS Beat Instrumental Monthly No.40 (August 1966 UK issue 40-page magazine featuring articles on Norman Smith, Eric Clapton, Kim Fowley, Georgie Fame, Alan Price, Gene Pitney, Simon & Garfunkel and more. This copy shows few signs of age, minimal creasing to spine, no tears or rips and all pages & staples are intact)
- The Kinks - You Really Got Me - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 15-Nov-2020 14:31)on March 5, 2021 at 9:42 pm
THE KINKS You Really Got Me (1980 UK 20-track vinyl compilation LP, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve does show a little shelfwear and a slight mark where a sticker has been removed in the rop right hand corner, yet the vinyl remains in excellent condition with only light signs of play NSPL18615)
- The Kinks - Live At Kelvin Hall - Spanish - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 09-Dec-2020 08:08)on March 5, 2021 at 9:42 pm
THE KINKS Live At Kelvin Hall (1980s Spanish Zafiro label issue of the 1967 9-track vinyl LP recorded live at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, including Till The End Of The Day, Sunny Afternoon, You Really Got Me and many more, picture sleeve. The sleeve does have some notable creasing and scuffing around the edges, whilst the vinyl shows few signs of play ZL-502)
- The Kinks - Apeman - 4pr - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 15-Dec-2020 08:24)on March 5, 2021 at 9:42 pm
THE KINKS Apeman (1970 UK 7" single with an intact four prong centre, also including Rats, Pye company die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play & just a couple of light surface scuffs to show for its fifty years 7N.45016)