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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby The_Midnight_Rambler » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:56 pm

Yep, Tony's right. Those were the only 'new' songs played throughout the '05 shows.

I was a penniless student at the time so couldn't make it to any of the gigs, but, like loads of people on here, sat on the forum every single night of the tour reading people's reports. I remember the frustration at the general lack of new stuff.

Looks like that guy did dream that night after all.
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Marbled » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:36 pm

Perhaps the new songs were inclusive of non-album tracks they hadn't heard before - Clean Prophet, Come In Come Out, Callin' All...
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Postby billyjoe » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:23 pm

Fuck me, I talked to Anton in Paris at "La Maroquinerie" last year, he loves lee Mavers.
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Ming-8L » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:47 am

This looks like a book, WRITING LIVERPOOL Essays and Interviews Edited by MICHAEL MURPHY and DERYN REES-JONES.
https://epdf.tips/writing-liverpool-ess ... views.html
P 248, seems to be by Paul du Noyer, Subversive Dreamers: Liverpool Songwriting from the Beatles to the Zutons

Paul du Noyer Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart – none of which, like the drug itself, commanded much support the first time around in Liverpool’s working-class communities – became the characteristic influence. Blues and primitive rock’n’roll were likewise rediscovered. An atavistic preference for the jangling guitars of Merseybeat opposed the high production sheen of the era. Tunes were at a premium. So, too, was a strangely torpid mysticism. Later pundits came to call this amalgam ‘Cosmic Scally’, but in 1989 it was personified by one group, the La’s. The La’s chief writer, Lee Mavers, helped devise at least two neo Merseybeat classics in ‘Timeless Melody’ and ‘There She Goes’; his bassist John Power carried the approach forward with his next group, Cast. The La’s, and Mavers in particular, were ill at ease in London’s music industry and the group fell apart, only to enjoy a posthumous reputation as prophets of Britpop, secured by the endorsement of Noel Gallagher from Oasis. Like their Liverpool contemporaries Rain and the Real People, The La’s return to pre-psychedelic song values, albeit subdued with a smoky quiescence of mind (‘I am the voyager of the ocean grey,’ goes ‘Liberty Ship’; ‘I wayfarer see fairway’), would become widely influential. Mavers resides, in rock legend, as a mysterious Lost Boy: the pop craftsman whose melodies sparkle in the gloom of a depressed city. Arguably, though, his achievements are surpassed by Michael Head of Shack (formerly of the Pale Fountains). Head’s songs, which have never won the widespread favour so regularly predicted for them, are immaculate examples of Liverpool’s tuneful yearning, even when set in the drug plagued estates of its grimmest districts. ‘Streets of Kenny’ (referring to Kensington, north-east of the city centre) documents an addict in search of his contacts, yet with a graceful swooping tune that pitches it as near to McCartney as to Lou Reed’s ‘Waiting for the Man’. Shack, too, reintroduced a sea-shanty feel that subsequent local acts fell upon with relish. Shack also championed West Coast psychedelic figurehead Arthur Lee of Love, backing him in Liverpool on a memorable live album. The marked affinity of so many local musicians with US acts has been a recurrent phenomenon; from the fast adoption of rock and R&B in the 1950s (in a city already steeped in country, with a significant jazz following, too) to the Eric’s generation’s taste for the cult imports, such as Television and Patti Smith, to the ‘retro-scally’ hunters of vinyl bargain bins. There is something strikingly omnivorous in this appetite for American music, entirely transcending that country’s internal divisions of race, region and cultural category. 248
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Ming-8L » Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:04 am

Here's my take. Subversive Dreamers, above isn't completely accurate. Not bad overall. It somewhat over emphasizes the influence of American music. It misses The Who, Rolling Stones, the Beatles (Feelin' just a bit) and several other British bands. Pink Flyod? That would be more JP and Cammy, not Lee, imo. The description of Cast is debatable. If anyone else writes about The La's it should be someone who truly understands music and The La's.
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby hottscolland » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:00 pm

Ming-8L wrote: If anyone else writes about The La's it should be someone who truly understands music and The La's.



Paul Du Noyer gets music, the La's and, being from Anfield, Liverpool itself.

Read one of his many books, Liverpool: Wondrous Place, from 2002. The guy very much knows his stuff.
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Re: The La's mentions in media thread

Postby Tony » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:26 am

An old article ;) Found a site scanning Select Magazine, dates way back... Found the La's album review

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