Lola cover art

Lola

Release date 10 April 1989

Record label Imaginary

Tracklisting (click on a song title for lyrics)

  1. Lola
  2. The Day Crime Paid

Credits

Carl Puttnam (vocals)
Mike Dunphy (guitar & keyboards)
William Potter (bass guitar)
Steve Goodwin (drums)

Details

The cover of The Kink's "Lola" was recorded for a tribute album entitle 'Shangri-La'. Imaginary Records started out producing these kind of compilations - tributes to The Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart among others.

Carl Puttnam took the address from the back of an early tribute record and wrote to Imaginary Records asking if the Cud band could participate. Imaginary promptly invited them to contribute to the Kinks tribute.

Label boss Alan Duffy liked the track so much he pushed to release it as a single. It was made available on 7" vinyl only.

The Kinks connection doesn't end there - some parts of the 'Showbiz' album were recorded at Konk Studio, North London - a studio built and owned by Kinks frontman Ray Davies.

The cover art was an obvious pastiche of the Coca-Cola trademark, however, initial pressings accidentally featured a blue background.