In 1970, Kinks Song ‘Lola’ Gets A Tweak Before It Can Peak On The U.K. Charts
You can’t turn on a TV, listen to a radio, or watch a movie without some sort of product placement polluting your senses. That wasn’t the case in foggy London for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ray Davies[/lastfm] of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Kinks[/lastfm] on this day back in 1970.
London rockers [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Kinks[/lastfm] were in a bit of a dry spell and spent the early months of 1970 in the studio crafting the song “Lola.” Inspiration for the song came from The Kinks’ manager, Robert Wace, having wild night of dancing with a transvestite.
“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 okay 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 to care, I think,” Ray Davies recalls.
The track was ready to be released and The Kinks were in New York on tour when Ray Davies received an urgent call. Because of BBC Radio’s policy against product placement, “Lola” would not be played on the air because the words “Coca Cola” were in the lyrics. Davies would fly from New York to London and back, a total of six thousand miles, to change the lyrics to the generic “cherry cola,” interrupting the bands tour in the process.
It’s a good thing Davies made the trip, because “Lola” would reach number two on the charts in the U.K.
The Kinks “Lola”
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