The Second British Invasion Music Series — The Brit Box, Disc 1, Track 18, “There She Goes,” by The La’s

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The La’s

I recognized this song right away and have always liked it.  As I started listening to other cuts from it, the more convinced I became that this one I need to buy.   I want to know what happened and why they only made one album…

Tidbits:

from wikipedia:
The La’s were an English rock band from Liverpool, originally active from 1983 until 1992. Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Lee Mavers, the group are best known for their hit single “There She Goes”. The band was formed by Mike Badger in 1983 and Mavers joined the next year, although for most of the group’s history, the frequently changing line-up revolved around the core duo of Lee Mavers (vocals, guitar) and John Power (bass, backing vocals) along with numerous other guitarists and drummers including Paul Hemmings, John “Timmo” Timson, Peter “Cammy” Cammell, Iain Templeton, John “Boo” Byrne, Chris Sharrock, Barry Sutton and Neil Mavers.

After the departure of Badger in late 1986, the band signed to Go! Discs in 1987 and started recording their debut album. Following the release of singles “Way Out” (1987), “There She Goes” (1988) and “Timeless Melody” (1990) and having aborted several recording sessions with different producers, the band released their eponymous, “The La’s” on October 1, 1990.

Lee Mavers has described their sound as “rootsy” and “raw and organic“, while AllMusic have noted the band’s “simple, tuneful, acoustic-driven arrangements“. The La’s were also noted for their distinctly different style to other popular British bands in the late 1980s, such as The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, who were part of the Madchester movement.

The sound of The La’s has been compared to that of Merseybeat and 1960s British rock music, and the band received comparisons with the earlier Liverpudlian band The Beatles. Founding member Mike Badger has named Captain Beefheart as the La’s’ main influence; the band have also cited artists such as Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald as influences.

It was their only studio album. “There She Goes” is the 5th cut on it. All songs were written by Lee Mavers. A deluxe edition was released on 7 April 2008. In 2013, NME ranked it at number 153 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2016, Rolling Stone placed it at number 13 on its list of the “40 Greatest One-Album Wonders”. The La’s was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Noel Gallagher of Oasis named it as one of his 13 favourite albums. Pitchfork would name The La’s as one of the best Britpop albums as part of their 50 Best Britpop Albums list, placing the album at #14.

In 2018, a BBC TV comedy-drama series entitled There She Goes features a cover version of the La’s song of that name.

“There She Goes”

There she goes
There she goes again
Racing through my brain
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she blows (there she blows again)
There she blows again (there she blows again)
Pulsing through my vein (there she blows again)
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
There she goes again
She calls my name
Pulls my train
No one else could heal my pain
But I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
There she goes again
Chasing down my lane
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes (there she goes again)
There she goes (there she goes again)
There she goes (there she goes again)

Songwriter: Lee Mavers

27 Comments Add yours

  1. Aphoristical says:

    This is a classic – it’s a shame Mavers never made another record.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Graham, do you know why he didn’t? It is a shame.

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      1. Aphoristical says:

        I read somewhere that he said his new songs sounded better recorded into a dictaphone.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    Now here’s another song I hear even now on the radio and I never knew anything about the band. Thanks for the info. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, same here. In my head it sounds like a theme song for a tv show something like Friends. Glad to give some info on them.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        You always do.

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  3. What a great catchy tune with a cool retro sound – I did not recall the title but recognized it immediately once it started.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, when I saw that title I thought no way is it the song I think it is — but it was. It is very catchy. Did you listen to those other songs I have links to? Excellent stuff!

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      1. Thanks for calling out the other links. I had not checked out the clips. These songs sound great as well. Yet another band whose name was new, even though I heard heard “There She Goes” – I guess after you’ve listened to it once, you won’t forget it!

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  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    YES!!!! One of my favorite Power pop songs of all time. I have it listed in my top 5 of all time. It’s a perfect song. This is a great one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I knew you’d know it and love it. The jangly guitars and so much more.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Oh yea…it is way up there with me. I’ve called it a perfect power pop song…that one and Baby Blue. The way it’s constructed is beautiful.
        Sorry it took me so long to reply yesterday…we plugged all the servers from Atlanta in and the network went berserk! It’s ok now.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Sounds like a huge event in your network. That’s always the fingers crossed moment, isn’t it 🙂 When I see you comparing this song to Baby Blue I know you love it.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            Oh yes…it’s a song Lisa…I wish I would have written…and I don’t say that a lot.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Did you ever play it in your band?

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                No…those voices…we did play No Matter What by Badfinger…but those Beatle type voices were hard for us to duplicate.

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  5. CARAMEL says:

    Always loved this song!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, Caramel. How are things going?

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      1. CARAMEL says:

        Hi Li!
        Things are ok. I finish a job I have been in for two and a half years on Saturday and start a new job next week. Busy busy days, but then it always is busy. No hot water or heating tonight. The boiler has gone, so an engineer will come out tomorrow morning. I don’t like cold showers! But I am ok. 🙂

        How are you? Love your Brit legends posts.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Caramel, will you still be doing the same thing you did before or something else? So sorry you are without heat or hot water in winter. It happens here and it is never pleasant 😦 Glad you are keeping busy. I try to stay busy but in winter staying warm is the toughest thing of all. I know you know a lot of these groups I’m posting in the Brit legends don’t you. If you have any “insider” info on them please make comments 🙂

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  6. Dave says:

    it’s a good one for sure. I’ve known it since around the time it came out but never really knew the Las were British. I think Sixpence None the Richer did a cover that also got radio play in the 90s.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for that info, Dave. It got me searching again and songfacts.com has a bunch more info on the song. I also saw where I heard it before:
      “Film soundtrack appearances include The Parent Trap, Fever Pitch, Girl, Interrupted and So I Married an Axe Murderer.” I’ve seen Girl, Interrupted and So I Married and Axe Murderer (a very funny movie, btw.)

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