Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is a concept album by British rock band The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. The album is a satirical look at the various facets of the music industry, including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and the road. Musically Lola Versus Powerman is varied, drawing on the genres of folk, hard rock, and traditional British music hall.
Although it appeared during a transitional period for The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman was a success both critically and commercially for the group, charting in the Top 40 in America and helping restore them in the public eye, making Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround a "comeback" album. It contained two hit singles: "Lola", which reached the top 10 in the US and UK, and "Apeman", which peaked at number five in the UK.
1970 proved to be a year of major transition for The Kinks. They had been subject to a ban from the American Federation of Musicians, who had refused permits for the group to perform in America since 1965. When this ban was lifted in 1969, the group's management quickly made plans for a North American tour, to help restore their standing in the US...