The day the Kinks overtook the Beatles, why the Clash wrote ‘Rock the Casbah’, when Johnny Marr first drove to Morrissey’s house … Daniel Rachel has interviewed many of the nation’s best songwriters. Here are some highlightsRay Davies, the KinksCan you recall the sentiment behind writing “Lola”?It was about love, but not directly. The song was designed. I didn’t show the words to the band. We just rehearsed it with the la-la la-la Lo-la chorus which came first. I had a one-year-old daughter at the time and she was singing along to it. But I was bothered by the arpeggio guitar at the beginning. I said, “It’s got to be hit in the first three seconds.” Later I went back in the studio and took the phrase at the end of the verse, C C C C D E, and replayed it at the beginning to grab people’s attention. I had a new Martin acoustic guitar which I tracked three times all slightly out of time to give it character. And then I put a National guitar on top of it.What was the ambition at the turn of the 70s?The Who and the Kinks were both on a quest for …read more

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