No-one else could heal my pain :: VOTD

There She Goes :: The La’s
from the album, The La’s

There She Goes is a song written by British singer/guitarist Lee Mavers and recorded first by Mavers’ band, The La’s.

In May 2007, the NME magazine placed the song at # 45 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.

Structurally, the song is very simple and contains no verses, only a single chorus repeated four times and a bridge. The song has been sait to have borrowed from The Velvet Underground’s There She Goes Again, particularly the accents that separate the choruses.

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“. Several newspapers ran articles about The La’s and their apparent ode to heroin. When asked about the rumor in 1995, the group’s bassist John Power replied, “I don’t know. Truth is, I don’t wanna know. Drugs and madness go hand in hand. People who you’ve known all your life… they’re steady, then they’re not. But you can’t ponder, ’cause it kills you, la.'”

However, in the 2003 book In Search of The La’s: A Secret Liverpool by MW Macefield, ex-La’s guitarist Paul Hemmings denied the rumor, and added, “Jeremy Fisher, you don’t know what you are talking about.”

In an interview with the BBC, lead guitarist for the single John Byrne also denied the rumor, stating “It’s just a love song about a girl that you like but never talk to.”

The first version of the song was released by The La’s in 1988, and again in January 1989, but failed to chart. The track was remixed by Steve Lillywhite in 1990 for inclusion on their debut album The La’s. This remixed version was issued as a single on October 22, 1990 and hit # 13 in the UK charts (and later hit # 49 in the U.S.). It was the biggest success The La’s were ever to enjoy and remains the song for which the band is chiefly remembered.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed There She Goes at # 45 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. In 2008, it was also re-released as a vinyl single for its 20th anniversary.

There are two music videos for this song. The first music video (seen above) which was released in 1988 was recorded by a camcorder and was shot in a countryside in the band’s hometown of Liverpool, England. It shows the band performing the song in an alleyway, a hill or mountaintop and some footage of their concerts is shown. The band are also seen in a park. The video ends with the drum logo being shown.

The second music video which was released in 1990 was a more professional one. It was recorded with a TV camera and was shot in Los Angeles, California. It shows the band performing in a street and a town and in a ghetto with footage of a woman in her 20’s or 30’s in the video. They are also shown performing with city buildings behind them; one of revealed to be the U.S. Bank Tower. The lead guitarist, Peter Camell and drummer Neil Mavers are revealed to be the two new members. The video ends with the woman’s face being shown.

The La’s mainman Lee Mavers is a legendary perfectionist. The legend goes that he didn’t want the vintage studio equipment cleaned so the dust that had accumulated on it from the 1960s would remain.

Editor’s note: This song is forever tied to the pilot of Gilmore Girls to me, and that first moment that we see between Lorelei (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Gordon-Patterson). I hear the song and immediately see Star’s Hollow and Luke’s diner, and hear Lorelei saying “please please please” with a coffee cup in hand – every time.

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