Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One

Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is the eighth studio album by British rock band The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. A concept album, it is a satirical look at the various facets of the music industry, including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and the road. Musically Lola Versus Powerman is varied, drawing on the genres of folk, hard rock, and traditional British music hall.

Although it appeared during a transitional period for The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman was a success both critically and commercially for the group, charting in the Top 40 in America 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.

Lola Versus Powerman was well-received throughout the British music press. A review in New Musical Express called “[Ray] Davies … one of the finest writers in contemporary rock,” and praised the record’s British styles and originality. Melody Maker’s interpretation of Lola Versus Powerman was Davies “taking a cheeky nibble” at the pop music business; they continued that “The music’s pure Kinks simplicity—but it works.”

Original release date

November 1970

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