“There She Goes” :: The La’s :: Best Britpop Music Tuesday
The La’s is this Week’s Best Britpop Music Tuesday’s Band in the Best Britpop Spotlight, with their Big Hit Song, “There She Goes”. The Song was their Biggest Hit, and is a noted part of the Biggest Britpop Hits of All-Time List, that’s for certain. The Song was originally released in 1988, and then again at the start of 1989, both times failing to Chart. The Song was then remixed by Steve Lillywhite in 1990 to include on The La’s Self-Titled Debut Album. The Song became a Hit, Charting at # 13 on the UK Singles Chart, and # 49 on the US Charts. “There She Goes” is more Early 90’s Britpop Goodness, gifting The La’s a strong position in Early Britpop Royalty.
So, have a seat, adjust your speakers, or throw on a pair of headphones, turn that Volume Up, and let’s have a listen, and learn a bit, about one of the Best Britpop Bands and Songs with this Week’s Featured Artist, The La’s, and their Quintessential Single, “There She Goes”.
“There She Goes” :: The La’s
“There she goes.
There she goes again.
Racing through my brain,
and I just can’t contain,
This feelin’ that remains.”
“There She Goes”, by the Band The La’s, was written by the Band’s Frontman, Lee Mayers.
The Song was Released as a Single Four Different Times!
The First Release of the Song, produced by Bob Andrews, was Released by the La’s in 1988, and barely scratched the UK Singles Chart, coming in at # 51. Andrews’ Production of the Song was Remixed by Steve Lillywhite, in 1990, in order for The La’s to include it on their 1990 Self-Titled Debut Album.
This Remixed Version was issued as a Single in October of 1990, and Hit # 13 in the UK Singles Chart, and later Hit # 49, on the US Charts.
The Song was Released a Third time in 1999, and it charted the UK Singles Chart at # 65. And then, it was Released a Fourth time in 2008, on Vinyl Only, for the Song’s 20th Anniversary, and Charted again at # 181 on the UK Singles Chart.
“There She Goes” would turn out to be the biggest Success The La’s would ever enjoy.
In May of 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.
Structurally, the Song is very Simple and contains no Verses, only a single Chorus repeated 4 times, and a Bridge.
The Song gained a reputation for being about the use of heroin, possibly as a result of Lyrics like: “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 if the rumors were true, in 1995, the Band’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 book, In Search of The La’s: A Secret Liverpool (2003) 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.”
“There She Goes” has been used significantly in several Film Soundtracks, including The Parent Trap, Fever Pitch, Girl, Interrupted, and So I Married an Axe Murderer (where both the Original, and The Boo Radleys’ Cover Version appear).
“There She Goes” :: The Boo Radleys
Besides the Boo Radley Cover Version (see above), Sixpence None The Richer, Robbie Williams and The Wombats have also Covered “There She Goes”.
“There She Goes” :: The Wombats
“There She Goes” :: Sixpence None The Richer
The Song was also used in an episode of Cold Case, and as part of the opening montage for the first episode of Channel 4’s UK Drama Series, This is England ’90, which also featured Margaret Thatcher’s resignation speech.
But, it is its use in the opening of the Pilot Episode of Gilmore Girls that had the biggest impact on me. Though I knew the Song in its 1990 Britpop High, it is that first moment in Gilmore Girls, with Lorelai walking down the street in Stars Hollow, on her way to Luke’s Diner, that will always come to mind first when I hear the Song.
“There She Goes” clip from the First moment in the Pilot of Gilmore Girls
“There She Goes” (live) :: The La’s
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“This Is How It Feels” :: Inspiral Carpets :: Best Britpop Music Tuesday
Inspiral Carpets is next up for this Week’s Best Britpop Music Tuesday’s Best Britpop Song Choice. “This Is How It Feels” was Inspiral Carpets’ Biggest Hits, and is definitely a significant part of the Biggest Britpop Hits of All-Time List. The Song was an Enormous Smash off their 1990 Album Life. It had Heavy Radio Airplay that Year, and has continued to be the Band’s Quintessential Song, the one most thought of when the Britpop Band Inspiral Carpets is discussed. This is Early 90’s Britpop. Inspiral Carpets definitely wears the crown of Early Bripop Royalty.
So, have a seat, adjust your speakers, or throw on a pair of headphones, turn that Volume Up, and let’s have a listen, and learn a bit, about one of the Best Britpop Bands and Songs with this week’s feature on Inspiral Carpet’s Song, “This Is How It Feels”.
“THIS IS HOW IT FEELS”
“This is how it feels to be lonely,
this is how it feels to be small.
This is how it feels when your words means nothing at all.”
“This Is How It Feels” was released by Inspiral Carpets in 1990 as a Single from their Album, Life. It was written by Clint Boon. The Song was their first Single to enter the UK Top 40, where it peaked at # 14. The Song peaked at # 149 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, as well.
The Music Video was inspired by the Imagery of the British Art Duo Gilbert and George, making use of their signature “stained glass” and grid Style and their standard Iconography.
The Single Mix, also known as the Radio Mix, was Remixed by Flood. It features a different 2nd Verse with more oblique Lyrics, thus deeming them more “Radio-Friendly”).
For example, the Lyric “seems they found him under a train” was replaced by “left a note for a local girl.”
“This Is How It Feels” (Radio Mix; Remix by Flood)
Inspiral Carpets were formed in 1983, in Oldham, Greater Manchester. The Band’s most successful lineup featured Front Man Tom Hingley, Drummer Craig Gill, Guitarist Graham Lambert, Bassist Martyn Walsh, and Keyboardist Clint Bloom.
Keyboardist, Clint Bloom, wrote “This Is How It Feels”.
The Band was formed by Guitarist Graham Lambert and Singer Stephen Holt, the latter of which departed the Band prior to the Band being signed to Mute Records. The Band’s Sound was characterized by the use of Organ Playing and Distorted Guitars.
The Band both preceded and was a part of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s “Madchester” movement, and are a significant part of the Britpop Music Genre, coming to prominence, alongside bands like The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.
In 2011, Tom Hingley, who was a part all of the Band’s Studio Albums during their original run, departed the Band. Hingley and Boon gave conflicting accounts of his departure, with Hingley stating that he had been sacked, and Boon stating that Hingley had chosen to go.
The Band continued, reuniting with Stephen Holt who sang on the Band’s early Material. On November 22, 2016, the Band announced that Drummer Craig Gill had died.
In the late 80’s Noel Gallagher, of Oasis and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, worked for Inspiral Carpets as a Roadie and Technician.
“This Is How It Feels” (Live on Top of the Pops, March, 1990)
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Best Britpop Music Tuesday :: “Female of the Species” :: Space
Space is next up for this Week’s Best Britpop Music Tuesday’s Best Britpop Song Choice. “Female of the Species” was Space’s Biggest Hits, and is definitely part of the Biggest Britpop Hits of All-Time List. The Song was an Enormous Smash off their 1996 Album Spiders. It had Heavy Radio Airplay that Year, and has continued to be the Band’s Quintessential Song, the one most thought of when the Britpop Band Space is discussed.
So, have a seat, adjust your speakers, or throw on a pair of headphones, turn that Volume Up, and let’s have a listen, and learn a bit, about one of the Best Britpop Bands and Songs with this week’s feature on Space’s Song, “Female of the Species”.
“Female of the Species”
“Frankenstein and Dracula have nothing on you.
Jekyll and Hyde join the back of the queue.
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.”
“Female of the Species” was released as Space’s 4th Single, and 2nd Single proper from their debut Album Spiders, in May of 1996. The song reached # 14 on the UK Charts. It was the Band’s only entry on any Music chart in the U.S. when it peaked at #15 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks, in early 1997. In Australia, “Female of the Species” entered the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart, in May of 1997, peaking at # 80 in June.
Frontman Tommy Scott Wrote and Sang this Song in tribute to his late father, who was reported to dislike his son’s taste in Music. “Female in the Species” is Funky, with an Upbeat Latin-Flavor overflowing with Feel-Good Vibes and Vocals reminiscent of Lounge Singers like Perry Como and Frank Sinatra, paired up with Keyboardist Franny Griffiths’ trademark Sound Effects and Tommy Scott’s dark humored Lyrics.
When the Song was performed at later Concerts, Tommy Scott usually walked out into the Audience to shake the front concert-goes by the hand.
The Song’s distinctive Style and Lyrics led it to be used in many TV Shows and Movies, including its use as the Theme Song to the UK Drama Cold Feet, the 1997 Film The Matchmaker (starring Janeane Garofalo), and during the end credits of the first Austin Powers’ Film. It was also heard in MTV’s Daria, during the “College Bored” episode, and gained further popularity in the UK when used in a 1998 ad campaign for the bodyspray impulse.
Impuse commercial (1988)
The Song’s name is a reference to the 1911 Rudyard Kipling Poem, “The Female of the Species”, which has as its refrain: “The female of the species is more deadly than the male”. The Song took liberties with the Poem using “deadlier” versus “deadly”.
“Female of the Species” (Live on Top of the Pops, 1996)
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“Movin’ on Up” :: Primal Scream :: Best Britpop Music Tuesday
Primal Scream is up next for this Installment of The Best of Britpop Music Tuesday. The Song, “Movin’ On Up”, is one of the Band’s Biggest Britpop Hits, a Quintessential Primal Scream, and Britpop Track from 1991. The Album, Screamadelia, is a Classic 90’s Britpop Album, and “Movin’ On Up” is not only the Big Hit from the Album, but it is also the Opening Track. So, have a seat, adjust your speakers, or throw on a pair of headphones, turn that Volume Up, and let’s have a listen, and learn a bit, about one of the Best Britpop Bands and Songs with this week’s feature on Primal Scream’s Song, “Movin’ On Up”.
“Movin’ On Up”
“I was blind,
now I can see.
You made a believer out of me.
I was blind,
now I can see,
You made a believer out of me.”
“Movin’ On Up”, by Primal Scream, is the Opening Track from the Band’s 1991 Album, Screamadelica. The Song has been described as an “Ecstasy-fueled Gospel Gem”, as well as “gospel glory and drugged-out Britpop”.
Screamadelica is Primal Scream’s 3rd Studio Album, released in September of 1991 in the UK by Creation Records, and in October of 1991 by Sire Records. It was the Band’s 1st Album to become a commercial success, peaking at # 8 on the UK Albums Chart upon its initial release. The Album won the 1st Mercury Music Prize in 1992, and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
“Movin’ on Up” was the Primal Scream’s breakthrough Hit in the US, reaching # 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and also making # 28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The Album was a notable departure from their early “Indie Rock” sensibilities and sounds, drawing inspiration from the House Music and Rave Scene, as well as the associated drugs/drug culture of the time. The Band enlisted House DJ’s Andrew Weatherall and Terry Farley to help with producing the Album. The Album includes Dub and Gospel influences, as well as Britpop.
Bobby Gillespie, of Primal Scream, also sites The Beach Boys’ Album Pet Sounds as an influence to the Album, Screamadelica.
You can hear all of these influences on “Movin’ On Up”.
“Movin’ On Up” (live, 2011)
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“She’s Electric” :: Oasis :: Best Britpop Music Tuesday
The Best of Britpop Music Tuesday this Week features one of my All-Time Choice Songs from the band Oasis. The Song, “She’s Electric”, is one of the Best Tracks off of Oasis’ 1995 Quintessential Album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis is definitively one of the Top Britpop Bands, one that comes in a very close second place on my list of Top Britpop Bands, coming in just below Blur. So, have a seat, adjust your speakers, or throw on a pair of headphones, turn that volume up, and let’s take a listen, and learn a little, about one of the Best Britop Bands and Songs with this week’s feature on Oasis’ “She’s Electric”.
She’s in a family full of eccentrics.
She’s done things I’ve never expected.
And, I need more time.”
“She’s Electric” :: Oasis
Oasis’ song “She’s Electric” is the 9th track off of the band’s 2nd studio Album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, released in 1995, by Creation Records. The Album was produced by Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher. The Album was a notable change from their debut, Definitely Maybe, with Noel penned Songs that were more focused on balladry, with huge choruses, string arrangements, and more varied orchestration versus the rawness of Definitely Maybe.
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was the band’s most commercially successful release, selling a record-breaking 347,000 copies in the first week on-sale. The Album spent 10 weeks at # 1 on the UK Albums Chart, and reached # 4 on the US Billboard 200.
“She’s Electric”, though catchy and pop-infused, was surprisingly never released as a Single.
The Album is considered a seminal record of both the Britpop era, and the 1990’s, in general.
Noel Gallagher described the Song to Select magazine, saying:
“It’s about a boy who’s got a girlfriend, and he used to go out with her sister, that he fancies her mother, doesn’t get on with her brother, and, as somebody gets her cousin pregnant, and everybody thinks it was him because he’s a bit of a fuck n’ run cunt, but it wasn’t.”
“It’s not a true story,” Noel added. “Is it a true story? I’m saying fuck-all me.”
Noel has also stated that he borrowed the chorus melody from Theme Song to 1970’s UK preschool program, You and Me.
You and Me Theme
The Beatles’ “Why My Guitar Gently Weeps” has also been sited as an influence, or a borrowed sound, for “She’s Electric”. Can you hear it?
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” :: The Beatles
“She’s Electric” (live)
“She’s Electric”by one of the Best Britpop Bands, Oasis, is the featured Song for this Week’s Best of Britpop Music Tuesday. Check back here every Tuesday for more of the Best Britpop Music and see if one of your favorites make an appearance.
“Disco 2000” :: Pulp :: Best Britpop Music Tuesday
The Best of Britpop Music Tuesday continues with one of my Favorite Songs from the band Pulp. The song “Disco 2000” is my Favorite Track off of my Favorite Pulp Album, Different Class. Pulp is one of the Best of the Britpop Bands, and they are definitely one of my Top Britpop Bands (see my list of Top 10 Britpop Bands from the 90’s here – with Pulp in the Top 5). So, take a seat, adjust your speakers or throw on a set of headphones, turn the volume up, and let’s learn a bit about one of the Best Britpop Bands and Songs with Pulp’s “Disco 2000”.
“And I said let’s all meet up in the year 2000,
won’t it be strange when we’re all fully grown?”
“Disco 2000” :: Pulp
“Disco 2000” is Track 5 on Pulp’s 1995 album, Different Class. It was the third single from the album, released that same year. It reached # 7 on the UK Singles Chart.
The story tells the tale of a bloke who falls for his childhood friend, Deborah, who is more popular than he is. He daydreams of what it might be like to meet up with Deborah again when they are older, in the year “2000”.
The song is based on real events minus one small detail. Jarvis Cocker said in an interview once that “the only bit that isn’t true is the woodchip wallpaper”.
Deborah is based on a real life childhood friend of Jarvis’, Deborah Bone, who moved away from Sheffield when she was 10 years old. And yes, as the lyrics suggest, she grew up to marry and have children.
The song’s riff is said to be influenced by the 1982 hit “Gloria”, by Laura Branigan.
“Gloria” :: Laura Branigan
I can hear it, can you?
Due to the Song’s “millennial” subject matter, Pulp removed the song’s synchronisation licence, effectively banning the Song from beign used in TV and radio trailers throughout 1999 and 2000.
The music video for “Disco 2000” (see above) was directed by Pedro Romhanyi. It portrays the daily events for a girl and a boy, as they prepare for their weekend. As they make their way across town the life-sized photographic cut outs from the band members of Pulp, used on the cover of the Album Different Class (see below), appaer in the shops, in the bus, on an escalator and even in the disco where the boy and girl meet.
The video ends with two life-sized photographic cut outs of the boy and girl together in bed and them complaining about Jarvis Cocker being on television again.
The music video also includes a different, slightly orchestral version of the song.
Below is a live version of “Disco 2000”, from 2011, recorded from the Reading Festival.
“Disco 2000” (live)
“Disco 2000” by one of the Best Britpop Bands, Pulp, was the featured Song for this week’s Best of Britpop Music Tuesday. Check back here every Tuesday for more of the Best Britpop Music and see if one of your favorites make an appearance.
“Beetlebum” :: Blur :: Best Britpop Music Tuesday
“She’ll suck your thumb.
She’ll make you come.
Cause she’s your gun.
Now what you’ve done,
The Best of Britpop Music Tuesday begins with a favorite Blur song of mine, “Beetlebum”. One of the Best Britpop bands, Blur, one of my favorite’s from the Britpop set, seems to be the perfect start to The Best of Britpop Music Tuesday Series. So, have a seat, throw your headphones on, adjust your speakers, turn them up up up and let’s read up on one of the Best Britpop Bands and Songs with the Britop-B’s of Blur and “Beetlebum”.
“Beetlebum” :: Blur:
Blur’s song “Beetlebum” was released in 1997 as the lead single for the band’s self-titled album, their fifth full length release. “Beetlebum” debuted at # 1 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Blur’s second track to reach the top of the charts (after “Country House”).
“Beetlebum” was composed by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree. All lyrics to “Beetlebum” were written by Damon Albarn.
Damon Albarn has been quoted as saying that the song is about heroin, and the experiences he shared with in girlfriend at the time, Justine Frischmann, of Elastica fame. Justine and Damon have had a history of songs about each other, and their tumultuous relationship.
“Chasing the beetle” has been said to be a variation on “chasing the dragon”, which describes inhaling the vapor from heroin, or opium, heated over tin foil. Although Damon claims the song’s title is without specific meaning:
“It’s about drugs basically. I’m not sure what a Beetlebum is. It’s just a word I sang when I played the song to myself. I asked the others if I should change it, but they said no. If it felt right, we decided that we wouldn’t tidy it up like we’ve done in the past.” Damon Albarn
In the 2010 Blur documentary, No Distance Left to Run, Albarn confessed that the song is about heroin use and implies that he was personally involved. He said: “That whole period of a lot of people’s lives was fairly muddied by heroin. It’s in that place. A lot of stuff was at that time.”
On the other side of things, many music reviewers and several publications have slapped the label of “Beatles tribute” to “Beetlebum”.
The music video (see above) was directed by Sophie Muller, and shot in Islington, London, in December of 1996. It was a relatively simple production, combining a performance of the song in a room in a tall building with computer-generated zoom-outs from the set showing the Earth in the center of kaleidoscopic patterns. Notably, Alex James’ cigarette and Dave Rowntree’s Coke can are censored. At the end of the video, the camera zooms out of the room and the building and shows the surrounding area, ending with a shot of London’s skyline.
In some versions of the video the line “She’ll make you come”has been censored.