“Now the Melody Maker want to interview me
And ask about my politics and theories on religion.
Now my record’s up to number three
And a woman recognized me and started to scream
This all seems like a crazy dream
I’ve been invited to a dinner with a prominent queen
And now I’ve got friends that I never knew I had before.
It’s strange how people want you when you record’s high
Cause when it drops down they just pass you by…”- Raymond Douglas Davies, 1970 “Top of the Pops”
Fifty years ago The Kinks‘ lead singer/ songwriter Ray Davies kast a keen eye on his kompatriots in the music business with the koncept album Lola vs Powerman and the Money-go-Round , sending up not only their peers The Beatles and the Rolling Stones but us in the music press taking it all so seriously. Sir Ray joins me here In the Studio for a droll, witty, incisive look back at the #1 “Lola“,”Apeman“, “Top of the Pops“, and more the week of December 7. –Redbeard