There She Goes (The La's song)

"There She Goes" is a song by English rock band the La's, written by the band's frontman, Lee Mavers. The song reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart when it was re-issued in 1990.

"There She Goes"
The La's There She Goes.jpg
Single by the La's
from the album The La's
B-side
  • "Come In, Come Out"
  • "Who Knows"
  • "Man I'm Only Human"
  • "All by Myself"
Released31 October 1988 (1988-10-31)
Recorded1988
StudioWoodcray (Wokingham, England)
Genre
Length
  • 2:42 (album version)
  • 2:31 (single version)
LabelGo! Discs (GOLAS 2)
Songwriter(s)Lee Mavers
Producer(s)Bob Andrews
The La's singles chronology
"Way Out"
(1987)
"There She Goes"
(1988)
"Timeless Melody"
(1990)

"Timeless Melody"
(1990)

"There She Goes"
(1990)

"Feelin'"
(1991)

"There She Goes (2nd Re-issue)"
(1999)

"There She Goes (3rd Re-issue)"
(2008)

1990 re-issue
There She Goes by The La's 1990 reissue.jpg
2008 re-issue
The La's There She Goes 2008 Reissue.webp
Audio
"There She Goes" on YouTube

In May 2007, NME magazine placed the song at number 45 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[3] Predating Britpop by four years,[4] the band's self-titled album was named one of the 40 greatest one-hit wonders by Rolling Stone, with the magazine stating, "Whether about heroin or just unrequited love, the La's single "There She Goes" off their self-titled debut has endured as a founding piece of Britpop's foundation."[5] It was listed at number 22 on NME's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[6]

Lyrics and meaningEdit

The song contains no verses, only a single chorus repeated four times and a bridge.

"There She Goes" has gained a reputation for being about the use of heroin, possibly as a result of the lines: "There she goes again... racing through my brain... pulsing through my vein... no one else can heal my pain".[7] Several newspapers ran articles about the La's and their apparent ode to heroin.[8] When asked about the rumour in 1995, the group's bassist John Power replied: "I don't know. Truth is, I don't wanna know."[9] However, in the book In Search of The La's: A Secret Liverpool (2003) by MW Macefield, ex-La's guitarist Paul Hemmings denied the rumour and added: "Jeremy Fisher, you don't know what you are talking about." In an interview with Les Inrockuptibles, Mavers admits to trying heroin in 1990. The song therefore predated his experience as it was originally released in 1988. Mavers himself has also emphatically denied that the song is about heroin.[10]

The band's guitarist John Byrne said of the song, "I thought it would be big, a lot bigger than it was, but then forgotten like a lot of pop songs. In retrospect, the opposite happened."[11]

Release and receptionEdit

The first version of the song, produced by Bob Andrews, was released by the La's in 1988, and again on 2 January 1989, but failed to chart. Andrews' production of the song was remixed by Steve Lillywhite in 1990 for inclusion on their debut album The La's.[12] This remixed version was issued as a single on 22 October 1990 and hit number 13 on the UK Singles Chart (and later hit number 49 in the US).

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "There She Goes" at number 45 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[3] In 2008, it was also re-released as a vinyl single for its 20th anniversary. A precursor to Britpop, the album was listed at number 13 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 40 greatest one-hit wonders.[5] It was listed at number 22 on NME's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[6]

On NPR's All Songs Considered, musician Ben Gibbard selected "There She Goes" as his pick for "perfect song."[13] Gibbard observed that the song "defines the perfectly written pop song: an instantaneously recognizable melody and lyric set to simple, economic musical structure. It is such a simple song that it boggles the mind that someone hadn't already written it."[13] Eric Clapton also praised the song.[11]

In December 2021, Oasis's Noel Gallagher said it was his favourite song from the 1990s;[14] despite technically being released in 1988, the song didn't achieve widespread fame and acclaim until 1990.

Music videosEdit

There are two music videos for this song: a UK version and an international version.

The first video, released in 1988 and directed by Jeff Baynes, was recorded on a camcorder, and was shot in the English countryside and in the band's hometown of Liverpool. It shows the band performing in an alleyway and on a hill, as well as footage from their concerts. The band are also seen in a park. The video ends with a shot of the drum logo.[15] This version was released exclusively for the UK and Irish markets only and uses the single version of the song.

The second music video, released in 1990, was shot in Los Angeles, California. It is the band's first video to feature new lead guitarist Peter Camell and drummer Neil Mavers (Lee's younger brother). It shows the band performing in the streets and neighboring towns of Los Angeles, interspliced with footage of a young woman. The band is also shown performing in front of the Los Angeles skyline as evidenced by the U.S. Bank Tower. The video ends with a shot of the woman's face. This version, dubbed as "American version" and "International version", was released internationally and uses the album version of the song.

Formats and track listingsEdit

All songs were written by L.A. Mavers.

Other reissuesEdit

PersonnelEdit

The La's[16]

  • Lee Mavers – lead vocals and backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • John Power – bass and backing vocals
  • John "Boo" Byrne – electric guitar
  • Chris Sharrock – drums and tambourine

Production[16]

  • Bob Andrews – producer
  • Dave Charles – engineer
  • Jeremy Allom – engineer, producer (on "All by Myself")
  • Mike Haas – engineer (on "All by Myself")
  • Steve Lillywhite – producer, mixing (on "Freedom Song"), remixing (on "There She Goes" 1990 version)
  • Mark Wallis – additional producer, engineer (on "Freedom Song")

Other personnel

  • Ryan Art – design

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Platinum 600,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Sixpence None the Richer versionEdit

"There She Goes"
 
Single by Sixpence None the Richer
from the album Sixpence None the Richer
Released12 July 1999 (1999-07-12)
Length2:43
Label
Songwriter(s)Lee Mavers
Producer(s)
Sixpence None the Richer singles chronology
"Kiss Me"
(1998)
"There She Goes"
(1999)
"I Can't Catch You"
(2000)
Audio
"There She Goes" on YouTube

American Christian alternative rock band Sixpence None the Richer released a cover version of the song in July 1999 as the second single from their self-titled album, Sixpence None the Richer. The band's rendition of the song reached number two in Iceland, number 12 in Canada, number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Track listingEdit

  1. "There She Goes" – 2:42
  2. "There She Goes" (Ben Grosse mix) – 2:42
  3. "Kiss Me" (acoustic version) – 3:12

ChartsEdit

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States 12 July 1999 Alternative radio [47]
2 August 1999 [48]
3 August 1999 Contemporary hit radio [48]
United Kingdom 6 September 1999
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[49]

In mediaEdit

It has appeared on several film soundtracks, including The Parent Trap; Fever Pitch; Girl, Interrupted; Cold Case; The Adventures of Pete and Pete; Snow Day; and So I Married an Axe Murderer (where both the original and The Boo Radleys version appear). It also opens the "Pilot" episode of Gilmore Girls. Sixpence None the Richer's version of the song was used in Family Guy and the commercials for birth-control company Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo from 2004–2005.[50]

The song was also used for the opening montage of the first episode of Channel 4's drama series This Is England '90, which also featured outgoing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's resignation speech.[51]

The song was used frequently for slow-motion scenes with Nori in the U.S. TV series Me, Myself & I.

The BBC comedy drama There She Goes was named after the song, as the show’s creator Shaun Pye listened to it whilst writing the first script.[52]

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