“You Really Got Me” — The Kinks

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Imagine being a British teenager in the summer of 1964. “You Really Got Me” comes on Radio Caroline one night and BAM!…your world changes….

Back in 1964 the BBC played pop music only sporadically, even then they only dipped their toes in the water at the more genteel…and dare I say whiter…end of the market.

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Without words, it’s just a nice tune. Add words — now you’ve got a song. And songs can change your world. I write about some that changed mine.

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No Words, No Song

No Words, No Song

Without words, it’s just a nice tune. Add words — now you’ve got a song. And songs can change your world. I write about some that changed mine.

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