Around 1979, I got quite into the Kinks. In retrospect, it appears my interest came from the checkbox-ticking that adolescents of my generation went through after soaking up the Beatles, the Stones, the Who ... who was next? The Kinks would do, and before I discovered, say, the Small Faces, the Spencer Davis Group and so on.
Low Budget was a timely album. Even though Ray Davies seemed old(ish) to me at the time, as did all of that generation, he was all of 35. He was definitely still on his game. I thought it was cool that I was loving old songs like All Day and All of the Night, and here he was with a full album about the malaise that the savvier kids in the punk and new wave generation were obsessing about.
After Low Budget came the live album One for the Road, which made the Kinks back catalogue way more interesting, including songs like Stop Your Sobbing and David Watts, which had been covered by the Pretenders and the Jam, respectively.
My admiration of Ray Davies has been pretty constant since.