By Dale Nickey:
NUMBER – 7
Lola – The Kinks (Songwriter Ray Davies)
For most people my age, Lola was the first introduction to transgender culture. Head Kink, Ray Davies tells this shaggy dog story about a chance encounter with a hot trannie at a Soho club. Confusion, self-examination and romance ensue. One of those Classic Rock lyrics most boomers could recite from memory if they really sat down a gave it a try, Ultimately, the verdict of this mini morality play falls on the side of love and acceptance. Further, Ray sings it with a conviction that makes one wonder if this story was fiction or reportage.