26: Lola – The Kinks

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After yesterday, where we had a boy who had been given a girl’s name against his will, today’s song is about another boy with a girl’s name but, it would appear, at his / her own discretion.

Interestingly, this song was banned – but not for the reasons you might expect, given the era. Cross-dressing men who seduce younger men might be considered undesirable subject matter in 1970 but that wasn’t the reason that the BBC banned the track.
It was banned because the original version of the song started with the lyrics “I met her in a club down in North Soho, where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola. C-O-L-A, cola”. Because of the strict rules imposed by the BBC, you were not allowed to mention a brand name and so, Ray Davies was forced to re-record the lyrics to replace Coca-Cola with “cherry cola”.

Quite a raunchy song for its time but certainly a classic and probably the best known of The Kinks catalogue.

The link to the YouTube video provides the original audio with references to Coa-Cola …