Top 10 Banned Songs

Lola – The Kinks

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In contrast to the rebellious Who, the Kinks were relatively radio-friendly, with their sweet ballads about sunsets at Waterloo and songs about lazing on sunny afternoons. Then along came this 1970 tune about an encounter with a person who “walked like a woman and talked like a man” in Soho. The subtext wasn’t particularly subtle -”I’m a man, I’m a man and so is Lola” – but it wasn’t the transvestite references that earned the song s temporary ban.No, it was the brand name in the second line “Where they drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola”. As a strictly non-commercial station, the BBC was forbidden to mention brand names and to this day, any products shown on their preschooler channel have stickers over the brands. Ray Davies flew in from America to re-record the line so that the champagnes tasted like “cherry cola” and all was well with the BBC again.