There She Goes (The La's song)

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"There She Goes"
There She Goes by The La's 1990 reissue.jpg
Artwork for 1990 rerelease
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
22 October 1990 (re-issue)
20 September 1999 (2nd re-issue)
31 March 2008 (3rd re-issue)
Format7" single, CD single
Recorded1988
Woodcray Studios, Wokingham
GenreJangle pop[1]
Length2:42 (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)
The La's singles chronology
"Timeless Melody"
(1990)
"There She Goes"
(1990)
"Feelin'"
(1991)

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

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

"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.

In May 2007 NME magazine placed the song at number 45 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[2] Predating Britpop by four years,[3] 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."[4]

Lyrics and meaning[edit]

Structurally, the song is very simple and 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".[5] Several newspapers ran articles about The La's and their apparent ode to heroin.[6] 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."[7] 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, Lee admits to trying heroin in 1990. The song therefore predated his experience as it was originally released in 1988.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

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.[9] This remixed version was issued as a single on 22 October 1990 and hit number 13 in 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.[2] 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.[4]

On NPR's All Songs Considered, musician Ben Gibbard selected "There She Goes" as his pick for "perfect song."[10] 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."[10]

Music video[edit]

There are two music videos for this song. The first video, released in 1988 and directed by Jeff Baynes, was recorded on a camcorder, shot in the English countryside and in the band's home town 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.[11]

The second music video, released in 1990, was shot in Los Angeles, California, it shows the band performing in a street and a town with footage of a young woman in the video. They are also shown performing with city buildings behind them: one revealed to be the U.S. Bank Tower. The lead guitarist, Peter Camell and drummer Neil Mavers are revealed as the two new members. The video ends with a shot of the woman's face.

As soundtrack[edit]

It has appeared on several film soundtracks, including The Parent Trap; Fever Pitch; Girl, Interrupted; Cold Case 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 the commercials for birth control company Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo from 2004-2005.[12]

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.[13]

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

Formats and track listings[edit]

Other reissues[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The La's[14]

Production[14]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Sixpence None the Richer version[edit]

"There She Goes"
Sixpence None The Richer - There She Goes.jpg
Single by Sixpence None the Richer
from the album Sixpence None the Richer
Released14 April 1999 (1999-04-14)
FormatCD, Radio airplay
Recorded1997
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock
Length2:43
LabelSquint/Elektra
Songwriter(s)Lee Mavers, John Terry
Sixpence None the Richer singles chronology
"Kiss Me"
(1998)
"There She Goes"
(1999)
"I Can't Catch You"
(2000)

Sixpence None the Richer released a cover version of the song in 1999 as the second single from their self-titled album, Sixpence None the Richer. The band's rendition of the song reached number 12 in Canada and Scotland, number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number seven on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.

Track listing[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[28] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[29] 14
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[30] 12
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[31] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[32] 67
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[33] 17
Poland (LP3)[34] 47
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[35] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 32
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[38] 19
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[39] 7
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[40] 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[41] 54
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[42] 46
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[43] 35

Other cover versions[edit]

  • The Boo Radleys recorded a version used in the soundtrack to So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).
  • Superconductor, a Canadian indie rock band featuring A.C. Newman, covered the song on the compilation "Teriyaki Asthma IX" (1993).
  • Robbie Williams included the song as a B-side to "No Regrets" (1998).
  • The V-Roys performed it on their live LP Are You Through Yet? (2000).
  • Limited Express (Has Gone?) released a version on the B-side of their 功夫少 single (2003).
  • The Wombats included the song as a B-side to "Kill the Director" (2008).
  • You Am I performed the song on their "Let's Be Dreadful" tour (2008).
  • The Paraguayan soft rock band, The Generation included an acoustic cover of the song on their EP, Box Of Memories (2014).
  • Kevin Montgomery includes the song on the album, True (2007).
  • Beat Crusaders includes the song on Musicrusaders (2005).
  • The song "She Never Came Back" by College has the line "There She Goes", sung in the same way as The La's.

References[edit]

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