The Doors vs. The Kinks


Submitted by Teru

I’m surprised this one hasn’t been submitted a million times. Here we have The Kinks 1964 single “All Day and All of the Night” with The Doors 1968 track “Hello, I Love You”. I’ve also included The Kinks’ 1981 song “Destroyer” which is borrowed from their own song.

In the liner notes to The Doors Box set, Robby Krieger has denied the allegations that the song’s musical structure was stolen from Ray Davies, where a riff similar to it is featured in the Kinks “All Day and All of the Night”. Instead, he said the song’s vibe was taken from Cream’s song “Sunshine of Your Love”.
The Doors’ wikipedia page for “Hello, I Love You”

I’m not really sure how “Sunshine of Your Love” is related but here are the other tracks:

The Kinks - "All Day and All of the Night" (1964)

The Doors - "Hello, I Love You" (1968)

The Kinks - "Destroyer" (1981)

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11 Replies to “The Doors vs. The Kinks”

  1. Bashful Badger

    I know the Kinks themselves were well aware of this apparent rip-off and seemed to consider it quite amusing. Dave Davies says in his autobiography Kink – ‘Our publishers wanted to sue, but we decided against it in the end. Ray and I thought it was so funny and so obvious that it didn’t seem worth the trouble.’

  2. Dylan

    Well actually, Destroyer was written by the Kinks to include many of their own songs and “poke fun” at them. So the rift is used there to accentuate the fact that all or most of the lyrics, the riffs and everything else in the song is internal and spans their library of kick-ass rock n’ roll music.


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