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By William Shaw
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In the Lanes, on an unassuming corner of the 1960s development Brighton Square, Rounder Records has for years been a haven for vinyl junkies
There’s this bit in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive Jack likes.
It’s one of those scenes when the whole mood of a film suddenly changes. They’re in this theatre watching a show called No Hay Banda, which is, like, There Is No Band. This beautiful woman comes out onto the stage singing "Crying" by Roy Orbison, only in Spanish. Now Roy Orbison’s version is amazing,
It’s not just on screen. Everyone he’s ever watched the film with has started crying too at that point.
Then, before the song ends, the woman falls down on stage – but the singing continues – and you remember No Hay Banda. She’s just been miming all along.
And it’s, like, this question; was she performing the song, or wasn’t she? Was she an artist or a fake? Where did the thing that made you cry come from?
His girlfriend Victoria loves the scene so much she stole his DVD of it just so she can tape that part.
So when Jack finds the soundtrack in Rounder Records, he picks it out right away and flips it over. There it is: "Llorando" by Rebekah Del Rio. He’s got a few David Lynch soundtracks. The Angelo Badalamenti scores are always good.
When he’s done, he takes the CD to the counter with the Amos Tobin 12" featuring the Kronos Quartet that he likes the look of. At home, he’s running out of shelf space. He’s a singer himself in a few bands. Next year he goes to university. Back in Maidstone there are only a few people he can talk to about music. There there’s only HMV.
He spent two hours looking for this shop, following the directions scrawled on a piece of paper. "Do you know where this is?" he’d asked people, but their suggestions only confused him more, until he finally rounded a corner by chance and saw the square with the dolphin in it.
When he gets back home he’ll take out the CD and play "Llorando" to Victoria.