The song was written by Ray Davies, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the Kinks. He had gotten the idea for the song from the band’s manager going to a nightclub and having an encounter with a transgender. The song had a bit of a controversy, one being Ray Davies not willing to tell the story of the song, and the other was the use of the word “Coca-Cola” in the song. Because of the use of the word “Coca-Cola”, Ray was forced to change it to “Cherry Cola”.
I have near to no taste in music as the widest variety of music I have heard has been from the radio and from you guys. I had known that sooner or later I would’ve been chosen to do Song of the Day. To be a little prepared for it, I asked a friend of mine from North Carolina, who listens to a lot of Classic and trending music, what he would pick. He said, “Lola, by the Kinks.”
I immediately asked him what it was about, and he told me that I had to listen to it first. After listening to it, I had tried to play it innocent and thought that it was about someone going to a club and meeting a strong woman. However, just from hearing “But I know what I am and I’m glad that I’m a man. And so is Lola” I knew that it had to be something weird, and at the time I thought. He told me the song was about a guy going to a bar and meets a transgender woman. I laughed a bit, after he said that.
This song might’ve been about a real world experience, but it had an obvious ad in it, 1st verse, it used to be “Coca-Cola”. It is rather obvious though, as the Kinks had to rewrite two words in their song. From “Coca-Cola” to “Cherry-Cola”. The Kinks’ song had gotten banned in Australia and England as it was either controversial subject matter or blatantly having “Coca-Cola” in the song. I don’t think it went over well, as I have yet to find the song with Coca Cola used instead of Cherry Cola (I didn't look on YouTube).