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‘Metal Evolution’ How the Kinks inspired metal

How the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ inspired metal

In this clip from VH1 Classic's new 11-episode documentary series Metal Evolution, premiering on National Metal Day, the Kinks' Dave Davies explains how he got the particular guitar sound on his song "You Really Got Me," which ended up becoming one of the early inspirations for metal. "The first dirty guitar I ever heard was 'You Really Got Me,'" says Deep Purple and Black Sabbath bassist Glenn Hughes. "It was so demonic! It made moms and dads go 'Turn it off, it's evil!'"

The series kicks off this Friday, November 11th, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, after which it will move to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 10 p.m. 


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