In late-1964, the Kinks had their first major hit with You Really Got Me, reaching number 7 on the U.S. singles chart. In 1978, Van Halen also had their first hit with a version of the song, reaching number 36. Up until now, all the members of the Kinks have been quiet about their opinion of the updated version.
Recently, Dave Davies talked with Classic Rock's Rob Hughes and the subject of the Van Halen record came up.
"There’s the thing: good art isn’t always about having the comfiest technique. I shouldn’t encourage him, but I’m sure Eddie Van Halen played better when he was drunk. But it must be a good record if people like it.
"Van Halen’s version was very Middle America. It was like, 'Hey man, look at me with my tight trousers! Here’s our version of You Really Got Me!'
"We got pissed off though, when we played America. The Kinks had an album out called Low Budget  and we ended up touring and playing stadiums. Some kid came up to me after one of the gigs and said: ‘I like your cover of Van Halen’s You Really Got Me.’ You have to smile sometimes."