Kinks, Kinda Kinks, The Kink Kontroversy, Something Else by the Kinks, The Kinks Present a Soap Opera, The Kinks Present Schoolboys in Disgrace, Kinks-Size, Kinkdom, The Kinks, The Kinks Greatest Hits, Well Respected Kinks, The Kink Kronikles, The Great Lost Kinks Album, The Kinks’ Greatest: Celluloid Heroes, Come Dancing with The Kinks, The Kinks Are Well Respected Men, A Portrait of the Kinks, The Very Best of The Kinks and The Essential Kinks are 19 of the albums released by the Kinks with the name Kinks in them. They also released two extended plays that featured the name of their group, Kinksize Session and Kwyet Kinks.
Their first band was named, The Ray Davies Quartet, they changed that to the Ramrods, The Pete Quaife Band, the Bollweevils and then the Ravens. They needed a gimmick, some type of edge to get them attention and the word kinkiness gave them that, as it was something new, naughty but still on the borderline of acceptability. Ray Davies said that their later manager Larry Page came up with the name, and that kinky was a reference to the fashionable clothes of the Kinks. Page is supposed to have said, “The way you look, and the clothes you wear, you ought to be called the Kinks.” Another story says that The Kinks heard the word “Kinky”, while they were watching the TV show The Avengers. Yet another says that they were looking for a name, while they were in a bar. Dave Davies was dressed in leather clothes, a leather cap, kinky boots while they were trying to get an identity for themselves and this drunk called them the Kinks and then he fell off his bar stool.
It is really too bad that this group broke up as I have thought of a few more names that they could use for some more of their albums had they stayed together like, The Kinks Drink, The Kinks Stink, The Kooky Kinks, Downright Kinky, Kinky Pinky, Sexually Kinky, and the purpose of this post, Ironing Out the Kinks. The unofficial operative Dr. Catherine “Cathy” Gale was one of several rotating partners who worked with John Steed when The Avengers series began to hit its stride. There is an interesting story of how Emma Peel got her name. After Cathy Gale left the series, concerns were raised about what to name her replacement character. The studio’s press officer, Marie Donaldson, had a brainstorm, thinking that the character would need “man-appeal”. This was shortened to “m-appeal” and the new character became Emma Peel. Emma Peel was known for wearing a kinky leather cat suit. Cathy Gale was played by Honor Blackman and her and Patrick Macnee (who played John Steed), recorded a song called ‘Kinky Boots’.
Written for December Monthly prompts – Ironing out the kinks.