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"Lola" by the Kinks, covered by the Raincoats.
For this week’s cover of the week, we take a look at “Lola”, originally written by Ray Davies, frontman of the Kinks. The remake featured is performed by British post-punk band The Raincoats in 1979, just nine years after the song’s original debut.
This song has been rumored to be about Ray Davies supposed romantic encounters with Warhol Muse Candy Darling as indicated in a 2004 Rolling Stone article.
In the lyrics, our drunken male narrator muses, “Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls” which is a triumphant statement on gender fluidity (at the time) and this revelation frees him from the sterile notions on binary attractiveness. Thus, when Lola ”who walks like a woman and talks like a man” grabs his attention from across the room, flirting ensues with some light-hearted dancing as the guitar strums along to the fluttering of his heart.
In the Raincoats’ revival of this gem, they further complicate the subject material by replacing the male vocals with Ana da Silva’s lusty and plunging voice. To top it all off, this cover is paired with tantalizing drums and bass which amplify and resonances perfectly with the song’s gender-ambiguous subject matter.
Remember last week’s post about the Bibio Vinyl Trivia Contest?
I lucked out and won! Here it is, in all it’s emerald glory.