Ironing Out the Kinks

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.

14 thoughts on “Ironing Out the Kinks

  1. Great that you brought up the Avengers! Over enthusiatsic data dump follows.

    Did you know that the part of Cathy Gale, played by Honor Blackman, was originally written for a man? The guy walked out on the show without warning. Honor was picked to replace him but there was no time to rewrite the script. She ended up playing a male role with some female inflection. People loved the idea of a woman being a kick-ass character – and this was the early 60s when that sort of thing didn’t exist – so they ran with it.

    The pace of doing The Avengers was too great so she left after one year. She died in April of 2020.

    When Honor left the show, Diana Rigg took over and the producers decided to continue with the “strong woman” theme with more femininity in the mix. They also made her a “mod” young woman in contrast to Steed’s “old school” gentleman (Patrick McNee). The chemistry was incredible and they had an international hit. When Diana left, they toned the strong woman thing down quite a bit for Tara King, played by Linda Thorson.

    Diana Rigg also died in 2020. Sean Connery died this year as well. It was a very bad year. I lost many of my childhood heroes this year.

    Blackman, Rigg, and McKnee all ended up playing opposite 3 different incarnations of James Bond: Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore.

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  2. It’s good to see that The Kinks seem to be back in vogue. Most of their early albums have been re-issued over the last few years and all have included a plethora of extra tracks on each release.

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