The Kinks’ Ray and Dave Davies reunite for the first time in two decades to perform “You Really Got Me.”

Watch the Kinks Reunite for the First Time in Nearly 20 Years to Perform “You Really Got Me”

Watch the Kinks Reunite for the First Time in Nearly 20 Years to Perform “You Really Got Me”

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Dec. 21 2015 11:22 AM

Watch the Kinks Reunite for the First Time in Nearly 20 Years to Perform “You Really Got Me”

The Kinks band members Mick Avory, Dave Davies, Peter Quaife, and Ray Davies in 2005.
The Kinks band members Mick Avory, Dave Davies, Peter Quaife, and Ray Davies in 2005.

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Long before Noel and Liam Gallagher, one of rock’s most notorious sibling rivalries was that of Ray and Dave Davies, founders of legendary band the Kinks. For decades, the brothers have played out their feuding in public via interviews and autobiographies, and have all but entirely ruled out chances of a reunion since officially disbanding in 1996. In the last couple of years, however, the brothers seemed to have warmed up to the idea, with Dave telling Rolling Stone in September, “Where there’s life, there’s hope.”

Well, the holidays got a little brighter over the weekend when the brothers shared the stage at London’s Islington Assembly Hall for a surprise duet of “You Really Got Me.” The two seemed in good spirits, performing their rollicking hit with verve, and Dave’s tweet following the performance (“had a blast with Ray”) suggests that the two have finally made amends. Perhaps fans can look forward to a more formal reunion tour in 2016, but for now, here’s a small Christmas miracle.

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.