Nicky Thomas – Lola

There’s a record shop on Lee High Road, Lewisham High Street end, about twenty minutes from where I currently live. It’s small but filled top to bottom with records, VHS videos, books and old music magazines. Walking in you usually find the owner on the left, behind the counter on which the store’s record player sits. On occasion the owner’s position is taken by a customer going through a pile of 7″ singles. The last time I popped in, a man was stood there working his way – listening to only a small excerpt of each song – through about thirty reggae singles. One of them, this version of the Kink’s ‘Lola’ by Nicky Thomas, caught my ear. I didn’t know it was by Nicky Thomas then. And perhaps I wouldn’t have ever found out if it wasn’t for the owner, his interest also piqued, appearing from the backroom asking, who’s that?

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