Thursday, February 07, 2019

La-la-la Lola

Ha-ha, my Google Play started to play the Kinks' "Lola" with the parenthetical "(Mono 'Cherry Cola' Single Version.)"

Which leads to a favorite bit of music trivia: in the original version Ray Davies sings "Coca Cola" but the BBC has a strict ban on commercial names, so:
The BBC banned the track for a different reason. The original song recorded in stereo had the word "Coca-Cola" in the lyrics, but because of BBC Radio's policy against product placement, Ray Davies was forced to make a 6000-mile round-trip flight from New York to London and back on June 3, 1970, interrupting the band's American tour, to change those words to the generic "cherry cola" for the single release, which is included on various compilation albums as well.
Davies: "...cherry cola".  "OK, Ray, we're done here."

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