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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. Categorized in the United States as a British Invasion band, The Kinks are recognized as one of the most important and influential rock acts of the era. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk, and country. The group initially consisted of Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals), Pete Quaife (bass guitar, backup vocals), and Mick Avory (drums and percussion). The Davies brothers were the only permanent members, with several personnel changes occurring throughout the band's 32 year run. Avory left in 1984, the result of a dispute with Dave Davies, and was replaced on drums by Bob Henrit. John Dalton played bass for part of 1966 after Quaife was injured in a car accident, and joined as a full-time member when Quaife left to set up his own band in 1969. Dalton remained until the late 1970s, when he was replaced by Jim Rodford. The Kinks were accompanied by various keyboardists, most notably Nicky Hopkins (for studio sessions only), from 1965 to 1968, and John Gosling, from 1970 to 1978.

The Kinks first came to prominence in 1964 with their third single, "You Really Got Me", written by Ray Davies. It became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of commercially and critically successful singles and LPs, and gained a reputation for songs and concept albums reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style. Albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, and Muswell Hillbillies, along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period. The band's subsequent theatrical concept albums met with less success, but the band experienced a revival during the new wave era—groups such as The Jam, The Knack, and The Pretenders covered their songs, helping to boost The Kinks' record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence. The Kinks broke up in 1996, a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.

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Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, alternatively titled Kinks Part One: Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, is a concept album by British rock band The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970.[1]

The album is a satirical look at the various facets of the music industry, including song publishers ("Denmark Street"), unions ("Get Back in Line"), the press and the hit-making machine ("Top of the Pops"), accountants and business managers ("The Moneygoround") and the road ("This Time Tomorrow").[1] Musically, Lola Versus Powerman is varied, contrasting gentle ballads like "Get Back in Line" and "A Long Way From Home" against hard rock songs like "Rats" and "Powerman", with "Denmark Street" and "The Moneygoround" paying homage to the English music hall tradition.[2][3][1]

It came during a period of transition for the band, as not only members of their lineup changed, but their look and musical style changed as well. It was a success both critically and commercially for the group, charting in the Top 40 in America[4] and helping restore them in the public eye, making Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround a "comeback" album. It contained two hit singles, "Lola", which reached the top 10 in the US and UK, and "Apeman", which peaked at number five in the UK.[4]


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Konk is the name of a recording studio and record label, established and managed by members of British Rock group The Kinks. In 1971, The Kinks left Pye Records for a five-album stint with RCA, who offered them a million-dollar advance. Ray and Dave Davies put this and money from recent hits like "Lola" towards a new studio of their own in Hornsey, a mile down the road from their home territory of Muswell Hill. In the past few years the group had mainly been recording at Morgan Studios, in Willesden, London. Albums recorded there included Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, Percy, Muswell Hillbillies and Everybody's in Show-Biz.

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"Lola" is a song written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks which details a romantic encounter between a young man and a transvestite he meets in a Soho club in London. Released in June 1970, in the UK on the 12th and in the USA on the 28th, the single was taken from the album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One and reached #2 in the UK charts[5] and #9 in the US[6].

The song was ranked 422nd on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[7] It is famous for its C-D-E power riff. A live version of the song, recorded in 1979 in Providence, Rhode Island, was released in the US in July 1980 to promote the live album One for the Road. The b-side was the live version of "Celluloid Heroes". The single was a moderate success, reaching #81 on the Billboard Hot 100.


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Lead singer Ray Davies in Brussels, 1985

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  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen. "Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround". J&R. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  3. ^ DiBlasi, Alex. "Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One" (PDF). Kindakinks.com. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "International Chart Positions". Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Chart Stats - The Kinks - Lola". Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Kinks > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2009.