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Thu 30 Dec 2010 12:00 BBC Radio 2

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 30 December 2010

We're Not Like Everybody Else - Johnnie Walker meets Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks and discusses their diverse Songbook - tracing the origins of classic hits such as "Lola", "You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset", "Sunny Afternoon" and its 'B' Side "I'm Not Like Everybody Else". Hailed as London's answer to "The Beatles" they had the pop-world at their feet and are generally recognised as one of the most influential rock-acts of their era. Born and raised in Muswell Hill, London, the brothers were immersed in a world of different musical styles, from the Music Hall of their parent's generation to the early rock 'n' roll of their 6 older sisters. A regular Saturday night at their small home in North London was often a knees-up all around the piano singing to Al Bowlly, Lonnie Donegan, Eddie Cochran and Burt Weedon, which explains their wide ranging musical style. A tempestuous sibling relationship saw The Kinks separate in 1996 andJohnnie Walker talks to Ray and Dave about their past and present works and asks the burning question, will The Kinks ever reunite?

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