Watch the striking new animated video for Kinks’s classic Lola

    Recorded on May 9, 1970, at Morgan Studio 1 in Willesden, north-west London, Lola remains one of  The Kinks best-loved and most iconic songs. 

    The Ray Davies-penned track supposedly tells of a romance between a young man and a transgender person whom he meets in a club in Soho. Considered daring and provocative upon its release in June 1970, the song actually began life as a soothing lullaby for Davies’s daughter Victoria, to amuse her while he was away from home, on tour. According to Davies, it was based on real events, specifically a dance he was asked to share with a beautiful “woman” when The Kinks played an all-nighter at Bridlington’s Spa Royal Hall on May 8, 1965.


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