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Encyclopedia > Lola (song)
"Lola"
Single by The Kinks
from the album Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
B-side "Berkeley Mews" (UK)

"Mindless Child of Motherhood" (USA) Image File history File links Kinkslolasong. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is an album by English rock band, The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ...

Released 12 June 1970 (UK)
28 June, 1970 (USA)
Format 7" single
Recorded Apr-May 1970 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London
Genre Rock and roll
Length 4:03
Label Pye 7N 17961
Reprise 0930
Writer Ray Davies
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
Victoria
(1969)
Lola
(1970)
Apeman
(1970)

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One of the Kinks' best-known songs, the single was taken from the album Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, was released in June, 1970, and reached #2 in the UK charts and #9 in the US. It was ranked 422nd on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is an album by English rock band, The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In 2004, Rolling Stone listed the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time as polled by musicians, critics, and industry figures. ...

Contents

Inspiration for the song

In the book The Kinks: The Official Biography, Ray Davies says that he was inspired to write this song after the band manager Robert Wace had spent the night dancing with a transvestite. Davies said, Transvestism is literally the practice of cross-dressing, wearing the clothing of the opposite sex, and transvestite literally refers to a person who cross-dresses. ...

I remembered an incident in a club... in his apartment Robert Wace had been dancing with this black woman, and he said, ‘I’m really on to a thing here.’ And it was OK until we left at six in the morning and then I said, ‘Have you seen the stubble?’ He said ‘Yeah,’ but he was too pissed [drunk] to care, I think.

[citation needed] Accounts also indicate a similar incident occurred at about the same time during a Kinks European tour in the mid-1960's[citation needed], cementing the song's scenario in Davies' mind for later use.


In late 1969, Davies' father encouraged him to focus his energy on writing another worldwide hit single after a long dry spell for the band, and "Lola" was the result. Davies and the Kinks spent extra time and effort recording and crafting the song at Morgan Studios in London during early 1970.


The success of the single had important ramifications for the band's career at a critical time, allowing them to negotiate a new contract with RCA Records, construct their own London Studio, and assume more creative and managerial control. "Lola" also became their most popular sing-a-long anthem at concerts, as they struggled to regain a footing in the US concert market after a five year absence. RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ...


Album version vs. the single release

"Lola" was originally released as a single in the United Kingdom by Pye Records in June of 1970 (Pye 7N17961). Pye Records was a British record label. ...


The first single release of this song had to be censored slightly: not because of its controversial sexual content, but because of the mention of Coca-Cola on the original version. The BBC refused to play the single because of this trademarked commercial reference, and so it was re-recorded with the phrase cherry cola instead. Davies actually had to fly back to England from a tour in the US to overdub the master tape, then return to the US; this true story was widely used in the song's promotion on American AM radio. The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Coca-Cola Cherry is produced and distributed by The Coca-Cola Companys bottlers. ...


A second rumour about the censorship also exists: that the reference to Coca-Cola was in fact an underground term for cocaine, and therefore unacceptable for play on the BBC. The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


The BBC also initially refused to play the Beatles' song Come Together, for the same reason of mentioning Coca-Cola. Music sample Come Together ( file info) Problems? See media help. ...


The altered single was available only in mono while the album version was available in stereo. Label for 1. ... Label for 2. ...


The mono single version with the edited line was featured as a bonus track on the CD Reissue of "Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One". Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is an album by English rock band, The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. ...


Covers and other versions

  • In 1970, Nina & Mike had a hit with a German translation [1], in which a happy couple ends up married.
  • In 1971, a rocked-out instrumental version of the song was released by the Kinks on the soundtrack to the film Percy.
  • In 2004, pop-rock bands McFly and Busted covered Lola, as a b-side on McFly's first single.
  • Danish band Natural Born Hippies also recorded a cover of this song, having changed parts of the lyrics. The song entitled 'Lola (if you ever...)' appeared on their 1999 album Popshit.
  • In his book Have A Nice Day, Mick Foley claims that he wrote a song to the tune of Lola, called 'Boner', which he performed at his high school talent show with the BP (Brothers Penis). Foley and the BP were stripped of the crown of $40 worth of Chinese food because the song was deemed 'inappropriate'.
  • In 2005, transsexual musician Dana Baitz recorded a cover version of the song, telling the story from Lola's perspective.
  • In 2007, the song once again circulates thanks to a commercial made by Coca Cola, starting with a man singing the chorus of the song in front of a video store. The man is later sampled and the commercial ends with a rougher version of the original song.
  • Reggae Singer Nicky Thomas covered it as well.
  • In September 2007, Robbie Williams recorded a cover of Lola to celebrate the 40th birthday of BBC Radio 1 [2].
  • In 2007, Rock 101 played the 'Luongo song' (la la la luongo), about the Vancouver Canucks all star goaltender, Roberto Luongo, who was in his first season with the team, propelled the team to be the best Canucks season in their 37 year history.

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References

  • The Kinks. Lola vs Powerman and the Moneygoround: Part One. Reprise, 1970. First reissued CD in 1987.
  • Morris, Jeff. ""Details for Yoda - "Weird Al" Yankovic ." The Doctor Is In!. rec.music.dementia. 03 Feb. 2006 http://mypage.iu.edu/~jbmorris/cgi-bin/plinfo_view.pl?SYN060243.
  • Savage, Jon. The Kinks: The Official Biography. London: Faber and Faber, 1984.

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Lola (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (980 words)
Lola is a popular song by the Kinks which details an encounter between a naive young man and a person named "Lola" in a Soho club.
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The first single release of this song had to be censored slightly: not because of its controversial sexual content, but because of the mention of Coca-Cola on the original version.
Lola by The Kinks Songfacts (2053 words)
"Lola" was the result, and it literally saved the band's foundering career (just as "You Really Got Me" had done five years earlier), allowing them to negotiate a new record contract with RCA and finance their own Konk studio in North London.
Regardless, this song came out the year I graduated and my nickname was Lola so I was given the 45 (remember those) as a present by at least 5 people.
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