Ah, The Kinks… always the most sexually ambiguous of the big ‘60s beat groups. While co-founder and guitarist Dave Davies was a self-confessed bisexual who literally epitomized the “swinging” (in every way) ‘60s, his brother and chief songwriter Ray pioneered the faggy, fey, quintessentially English vocal delivery that would exert such a powerful influence over Bowie, Bolan, the punks and beyond. Lola’s exquisite vignette of a confusingly enjoyable tryst with a Soho transvestite was one of the band’s biggest hits and, for the reasons detailed above, something of an anthem for early Gay Lib-ers everywhere.
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