Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Kinks performed "Lola" in Providence, RI, 1979. The lyrics include the most famous ambiguous line in rock, "I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man and so is Lola." For an outstanding retrospective on The Kinks, listen to parts one and two of this past Friday's St. James Infirmary music show, hosted by my good friend Dr. Michael Mand with commentary by Prof. Thomas Kitts, Kinks scholar and chair of the English and Speech Dept. at St. John's University. The program reviews the Kinks' blues roots, their emergence as a quintessentially English band and Ray Davies' status as one of rock's greatest songwriters.