tch wrote:I can't see the connection between the Kinks and heavy metal myself.
I'm guessing it most likely came out the punk movement and the hard rock of the late 70's. Guys like the Ramones.
I would say that Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Black Sabbath were very influential in what developed into heavy metal. You could say that 'You Really Got Me' had perhaps the most aggressive, overdriven guitar riff of the time, but that was about it in terms of heavy metal influence!
As for punk, in the UK, at least, the thing that people now call 'punk' did not start off quite how many imagine. It was a group of oddballs, misfits, and freaks trying to forge some kind of identity. They had as much in common with Joe Orton, Oscar Wilde, and Quentin Crisp as any musical influence.
"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened."