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On this day in music history: August 26, 1964 - “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks is released. Written by Ray Davies, it is the first major hit for the North London based rock band. Having released two previous singles that fail to make an impact, The Kinks are pressured by their UK label Pye Records to deliver a hit record, or be dropped from the label. After Davies writes “You Really Got Me”, he and the band try the song with a number of different arrangements before finding the right one. The Kinks record the track with American producer Shel Talmy at IBC Studios in London in July 1964. The singles trademark overdriven distorted guitar tone is achieved by lead guitarist Dave Davies slicing the speaker cone of his guitar amp with a razor blade. It is also one of the first rock songs to feature power chords (perfect 5ths and octaves) rather than major or minor triads. This lays the template for the hard rock and heavy metal music genres that follow in the years to come. The song hits #1 in the UK and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 28, 1964. One of the records that help define the 60’s “British Invasion” era, it has also been covered many times over the years. Most notably by Van Halen on their self-titled debut album in 1978. Ray and Dave Davies also record a live version of “You Really Got Me” with The Smithereens in 1991. “You Really Got Me” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999.

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“I know I should get next to you
You’ve got a look that made me think you’re cool
But it’s just sexual attraction
Not something real so I’d rather keep wackin’

Why bother? It’s gonna hurt me
It’s gonna kill when you desert me
This happened to me twice before
Won’t happen to me anymore

I’ve known a lot of girls before
What’s the harm in knowing one more?
Maybe we could even get together
Maybe you could break my heart next summer

Why bother? It’s gonna hurt me
It’s gonna kill when you desert me
This happened to me twice before
Won’t happen to me anymore

It’s a crying shame I’m all alone
Not with you, nor her, nor anyone
Won’t you knock me on my head?
Crack it open let me out of here

Why bother? It’s gonna hurt me
It’s gonna kill when you desert me
This happened to me twice before
Won’t happen to me anymore

Why bother (why bother)
It’s gonna hurt me (it’s gonna hurt me)
It’s gonna kill when (why bother)
You desert me (it’s gonna hurt me)
Why bother (why bother)
It’s gonna hurt me (it’s gonna hurt me)
Why bother?
It’s gonna hurt me.”