The La’s were a British rock band, most known for their track “There She Goes”. Written by the band’s frontman Lee Mavers, the song gained a reputation for being about heroin, which lead the newspapers to run articles about The La’s and their supposed use of heroin.
When the band were asked about the drug rumours in 1995, bassist John Power responded saying: “I don’t know. Truth is, I don’t wanna know.” However, in 1990 Mavers admitted to trying heroin that year in an interview with “Les Inrockuptibles”, which means the song predated his experience as it was released in 1988. Drug rumours arose due some of the lyrics from the song: “pulsing through my vein”, “no one else could heal my pain” and “racing through my brain”. The song also interpolates The Velvet Underground’s “There She Goes Again”, in particular the accents that separate the choruses of the song.
The music video that is available to view on YouTube today, was released in 1990 and filmed in California, showing the band performing in a street and a town with the occasional shot of young woman. This video is found on the band’s YouTube channel, and was uploaded in July 2010, and has over 12 million views. The first music video was released in 1988, and was the band performing the track in their home town of Liverpool, England.
Release Date: 22st October 1990
Songwriter/s: Lee Mavers
Producer/s: Bob Andrews
Label/s: Go! Discs
Music Video Release Date: 1990
Music Video Director: Jeff Baynes
Chart Rankings, Certifications and Accolades: “There She Goes” made it to #2 to the US Alternative Billboard chart, #49 in the UK, #57 in the Netherland, #18 in Ireland #40 in Belgium. The track went Gold in the UK. In May 2007, NME magazine said the track was #45 in its “50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever”, as well as the Rolling Stone naming the song one of their “40 Greatest One Hit Wonders”.