The Kinks - Lola versus Powerman and the MoneyGoRound, Part One

The Kinks: Lola versus Powerman and the MoneyGoRound, Part One

Album #123 - November 1970

Episode date - August 7, 2019

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    For starters, you should know that there is no ‘part two’. Perhaps Ray Davies considered this album the start of a thematic series (like “Preservation”, parts one and two), but that never happened.

    That’s too bad, because Ray’s songwriting really shines when discussing greedy record company businessmen and social outcasts, the topics that dominate his lyrics on this album. Most songwriters would have trouble even combining these two themes, but Ray handles it easily, expressing sympathy for the downtrodden and abused, and playing that against his own sense of victimization at the hands of strangers who feel entitled to manipulate his art. It sounds like a depressing mess, but the record is consistently entertaining and often genuinely funny.

    Featured tracks include:

    The Contenders

    Strangers

    Denmark Street

    Get Back in Line

    Lola

    Top of the Pops

    The Moneygoround

    This Time Tomorrow

    A Long Way from Home

    Rats

    Apeman

    Powerman

    Got to Be Free

    November 1970 – Billboard Charted #35

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