HE AIN'T HEAVY
Ray Davies on his brother Dave
“He came up with some great lines,” says Ray of younger brother Dave, The Kinks’ pioneering guitarist and occasional songwriter. “Dave wrote a song not many people know called Lincoln County, about somebody going home and taking a gift. ‘I’ve got a headscarf there I bought for my momma that she won’t wear.’ Fabulous!” Nevertheless, as rock’n’roll’s original fractious siblings the Davies boys would draft the Queensberry Rules for the future Gallaghers. “I see Liam around,” comments Ray. “He hangs out in the local boozer sometimes. He’s had a hard personal time but he’s getting back now. Similarities? You couldn’t have created The Kinks and you couldn’t have created Oasis. They both needed that tension.” Although as recently as 2014, Dave still called their relationship “toxic”, Ray suggests their blood will always be thicker than water. “Dave’s doing good. He’s OK. We hadn’t seen each other for a while, so a year or so ago we got together. I had Classic FM on the radio and they played Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis. Dave suddenly said, ‘Remember we used to listen to this all the time at home when we were kids?’ I did. It was one of those strange Dave moments.”
“You starting?”: Ray and Dave in 1976.