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The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Tony » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:34 pm

Thought I would create a thread to catch all small, miscellaneous La's mentions from the press, various websites etc, in that are too small for their own thread,

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Anyway. The new issue of Mojo has a track by the La's on the CD. The theme is 80s indie classics. I wonder if they have selected anything other than There She Goes? The Smiths are the main mag feature, so it's possible they used the Morrissey-endorsed Way Out.
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby big shabba » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:37 pm

It's actually Open Your Heart! :)
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Postby Neil83 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:35 pm

http://pitchfork.com/news/41693-5-10-15 ... andy-bell/

Andy Bell selects a favourite album for each five year interval of his life.

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The La's: The La's

Noel and Liam got me into this record just when I joined Oasis. We were all in a dressing room somewhere, and there was a compilation tape that Noel had brought along playing. The song "Looking Glass" came on, and I just couldn't believe it. It was one of those things where you discover something too late and you become even more excited by it. For Beady Eye, the La's are a massive influence on what we do.
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Postby eggyroader » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:06 pm

Tony wrote:Thought I would create a thread to catch all small, miscellaneous La's mentions from the press, various websites etc, in that are too small for their own thread,

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Anyway. The new issue of Mojo has a track by the La's on the CD. The theme is 80s indie classics. I wonder if they have selected anything other than There She Goes? The Smiths are the main mag feature, so it's possible they used the Morrissey-endorsed Way Out.


I will never understand why the smiths are held in such reverance.
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Postby Phil Spector » Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:28 am

eggyroader wrote:I will never understand why the smiths are held in such reverance.


Clean out yer ears. And wash yer mouth out with soap and water. Then pop round to mine so's I can spank you with a wet plimsole.

How dare you. How very dare you.
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Postby eggyroader » Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:43 am

lol wondered how long it would be before someone pulled me up on that!
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Tony » Sat Oct 27, 2012 1:29 pm

That's nearly as blatant as that Eurovision entry a couple years ago
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Neil83 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:10 pm

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INSPIRAL CARPETS, THE LA's - 1990.
Original tour poster, 30"x40"

Vibrant original Inspiral Carpets concert poster from the pinnacle of the 'Madchester' era, supported by The La's, the great unfullfilled talent of the period.

£245.00 conservation framed.
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Postby Neil83 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:04 pm

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Postby Neil83 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:51 pm

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The La's

Liverpool lads on the track of the Fab Four

Noel Gallagher once asserted that Oasis's mission was to finish what the La’s had started. From Liverpool, the home of British rock royalty from the Beatles to Echo and the Bunnymen, the La’s were led by the gifted, and troubled, Lee Mavers. The band cut just one self-titled album helmed by the classic single ’There She Goes’. A slew of producers worked on the record, which was finally completed, under much duress, by Steve Lillywhite. Mavers, who sporadically reunites various versions of the La's, claimed he was never happy with the release and to this day is still working on the elusive foIIow-up.

And so the great Merseyside pop tradition continues. From the hallowed stomping grounds that formed the sounds of the Beatles, now come the La’s; four lads From Liverpool with melody to burn.

Formed on the Merseyside four years ago, the La’s released three singles on the Go! Discs Records label, which have since become serious collector’s items on the UK underground scene.The second of these singles, ‘There She Goes’, is now making waves on the Australian indie Front, as is the band’s debut self-titled album.

Time Off asked singer, guitarist, songwriter and founding member (man, that's some title), Lee Mavers, about the formation of the band back in ’86.

‘The band that I've got at the moment has been together for about two years,’ Lee explains From his Liverpool flat where he sits wrapped in a towel, my call having interrupted his shower (I did offer to call back, by the way). ‘Before that we had a couple of change-arounds, the drummer and the guitarist. But me and John [the bass player] met in 1986 and we used to have a smoke and that in this club in town called Kirklands. We used to meet there every day and have lunch and just go and jam in the afternoon, like. There was a great buzz goin' on. Do you know what I mean?’

As Lee explains, the current line-up had solidified by '88 and the La’s began constantly gigging around Liverpool and London. ln one single fortnight, the band perform ed a staggering seventeen shows. Early last year, the twelve-song debut LP hit the streets and the band became more selective about their live appearances, preferring to play larger venues. According to Lee, however, he and the other members are not at all pleased with the album.

‘We don’t like the record really. lt’s just not a good indication of our music. What happened was we went into the studio, like, and tried to get the sound that we wanted and had to pull out after two months of slaving in there. When we pulled out I think our financial situation with the record company prompted them to put the record out and start recouping some of the debt. Do you know what I mean?’

Well, yes I do, actually.

‘It was a fair bit of a compromise, like’ Lee continues. ‘It’s like the un-ideal situation because that music is now down in history. We’d have preferred it to go down in a much greater way.’

As well as his great desire for me to understand what he means, Lee is very concerned about finding a suitable producer for his band's soon-to-be-recorded second album.

‘We’ve done a lot of looking around and tried out a lot of guys, like, but haven’t settled on anybody. We’ve just been working with a guy called Bob Pridden, who used to work with Pete Townshend and the Who. He was Pete's guitar engineer. l reckon, judging by the work we’ve done with him over the past couple of days, he'll be able to get a sound for us in a studio, when we come back from America in the autumn.’

Is that America you say?

‘Yeah, we’re going to America for a few weeks, like, then coming back home for a couple of gigs. We'll get down to Australia when we tour to promote the second album, but that won’t be until probably the middle of next year.’

Well, until then, check out the melodies, the harmonies and the clean-cut guitars of the La’s.

July 1991. Original text: Brent Hampstead.

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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Gav » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:12 am

Interesting. Doesn't sound too dismissive of the album there and was looking to album #2. :(
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby eggyroader » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:47 am

wonder if any of those bob pridden sessions are outthere, anyone know how far those sessions got
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Tony » Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:22 pm

Nice find Neil!

Pridden material - Possibly in Universal's vaults, if it even got underway? But that might have been just Lee and the band testing him out, nothing official with a label. The band still had a little while to go before they imploded.

I wonder what the business relationship with Go! was like at this point.

Lee is talking here like it's on him to find the next producer - but that might be a sensible gamble anyway after all the fuss of album number one. Mentioning the next promotional tour, though, suggest the intention was to get on with things.

Given that, I wonder when the mindset of "redo the first songs, before the new ones" solidified? Doesn't seem to be quite present here, although there's a hint of it.
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