The La's (Scouse slang term for "lads") were a short-lived Power Pop group from Liverpool, England, known for their Retraux sound that was inspired by groups like The Hollies and The Kinks, and their hit single "There She Goes". They released a critically-acclaimed Self-Titled Album in 1990, but because of conflicts between the band and lead singer Lee Mavers' extreme perfectionism, they disowned the final result and broke up shortly after the album's release. Every other release they've done since has been compilation albums and live material. They are notable for being a major influence in Britpop, and many bands such as Oasis and Travis have labeled them as an influence.
The bassist and backing vocalist of the group, John Power, later went on to form fellow Britpop band Cast.
The La's discography
- The La's (1990)
Tropes related to The La's
- Alternative Rock
- And Now For Something Completely Different: "Looking Glass" is a 7-minute experimental track that caps off The La's.
- Big Rock Ending: "Looking Glass" ends with one.
- Britpop: The Trope Codifier.
- Drugs Are Good: There is debate on whether "There She Goes" is or isn't about heroin, due to lyrics like "racing through my brain" and "pulsing through my vein". Word of God says it's "just a love song about a girl that you like but never talk to."
- Early Installment Weirdness: The original incarnation of The La's fronted by Mike Badger were much artsier and influenced by Captain Beefheart than the jangly pop they became famous for.
- Epic Rocking: "Looking Glass", clocking at a whopping 7 minutes and 52 seconds, is the longest song made by the group.
- Fading into the Next Song: "There She Goes" —> "Doledrum" on The La's.
- Jangle Pop
- Loudness War: The La's averted this, even on later remasters.
- Minimalistic Cover Art: The La's is simply a black-and-white (or sepia or green-tinted, depending on where you live) photo of an eye, with "The La's" printed in the top left corner.
- Miniscule Rocking: Any one of their songs that isn't "Timeless Melody" or "Looking Glass".
- The "Feelin'" cassette single should probably gain a reputation for being one of the shortest singles ever made, lasting only for a grand total of 4 minutes and 2 seconds.
- One-Book Author: The band is notable for releasing only one album.
- The Perfectionist: Lee Mavers.
- Power Pop
- Re-release the Song: "There She Goes" was originally released in 1988 and was re-released in 1990.
- Self-Titled Album: Their only album.
- Single Stanza Song: "There She Goes".
- The Something Song: "Freedom Song".