Exclusive stream: The Kinks’ Dave Davies, “Little Green Amp” from I Will Be Me (2013)

Thank Dave Davies, metal kids. Punk kids, too. His idea to take a razor to his Elpico prior to the Kinks’ recording the distortion-soaked “You Really Got Me” birthed a thousand garage bands. “Little Green Amp” takes you right back there.

Part of Davies’ forthcoming solo album I Will Be Me, due on June 4, 2013 via Cleopatra Records, this exclusive advance stream of “Little Green Amp” directly references that tattered amplifier in its title — and the old Gillette-shredded sound in its riff, making for this glorious throwback to a culture-shifting Kinks gem.

As that seminal band continues a lengthy (and perhaps permanent) hiatus, however, Davies and his sibling and erstwhile bandmate Ray Davies have focused on their own separate projects. The Kinks’ final studio effort was 1993′s Phobia; they last played in concert three years later.

Dave, more recently, has persevered through a period of personal difficulty, having suffered a stroke in 2004 while promoting his then-new solo effort Bug. It was 2006 before Davies made a complete recovery, but only after relearning how to walk and talk — and then, later, to play guitar again.

Davies then issued Fractured Mindz in 2007, extending a solo career that actually dates back to 1967 with the single “Death of a Clown,” co-written by Ray.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has also explored music for publications like USA Today, Gannett News Service, All About Jazz and Popdose for nearly 30 years. Honored as newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006. Contact him at nderiso@somethingelsereviews.com.