Saturday, April 03, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The La's
The British pop group The La's likely would have been more successful if they had recorded more than one album. But that one album is worth getting if you like 90s music that has been heavily influenced by 60s Britpop. Lead singer and guitarist Lee Mavers (born Aug. 2, 1962 in Liverpool, England) and bassist John Power (born Sept. 14, 1967 in Liverpool) were the main members. Others were interchangable. They started getting attention in 1986 and signed with Go! Discs in 1987. They released several singles that didn't do very well but were gaining a fanbase as a very strong live act in England. They worked with several producers until clicking with U2's producer Steve Lillywhite. He produced their 1990 debut CD. There She Goes and Timeless Melody were their best known songs and both charted on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album was critically acclaimed but didn't sell that well. The record company was satisfied but Mavers didn't like working with Lillywhite. It turns out that Mavers is a very talented screwball. And that's why you haven't heard of The La's. He said in an interview with New Musical Express that he hated the album. By 1993 John Power had become frustrated with Mavers and left to form his own band Cast. Cast slpit up in 2002 and Power records as a solo artist today. Lee Mavers has surfaced periodically but in England he's perceived as a lunatic. Mavers and Power reunited in 2005 for some live shows. Power has said that there will be a new CD by The La's but he doesn't know when Mavers will complete it. But The La's only CD is well worth your time. Universal did release a 2CD Deluxe Edition in 2008 but I recommend the original CD. Here's the video for Timeless Melody by The La's. This seems to be one of those lost videos but I found it on the band's website.