Davies is the lead singer, chief songwriter, and rhythm guitarist
in the Kinks, one of the most long-lived of the British Invasion
rock groups of the 1960s. In effect, the Kinks have always
been merely a backup group for Davies, who writes and sings
nearly all their songs with only the occasional contribution
from his brother, Dave, who plays lead guitar in the group.
At various times, Ray Davies made noises about dissolving
the group and going solo, but for years the closest he came
to it was taking solo credit for the soundtrack to his 1985
film Return to Waterloo (which he wrote and directed), even
though the music sounds as much like the Kinks as that on
any regular Kinks record.