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Alongside acts like Happy Mondays and the Smiths, Liverpool’s succinctly, yet perfectly named the La’s are amongst the definitive British rock acts of the late ‘80s. At a time when British rock was still reeling from the colossal impact of the punk revolution of the late ‘70s, the La’s emerged with a set of sharply composed, self- confident pop classics on their 1987 debut. The sweetly melodic, Velvet Underground-aping “There She Goes” is in many ways the band’s defining moment, but from the woozy faux-vaudeville of “Freedom Song” to the frantic mod outrage of “I Can’t Sleep,” The La’s is jam packed with carefully crafted radio-ready pop leavened by literate songwriting and an impressively fierce punk bite. One of the few out-and-out masterpieces to emerge from England in the late ‘80s, and an important influence on the subsequent Britpop movement of the early ‘90s The La’s is a perfect wonder.

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While it is great to have the Hedges version of the album along with the alternate producers' versions, where are the outstanding b-sides ie "Who Knows", "Endess", "All By Myself"? Would it have hurt anyone to include these so fans could have darn near the whole La's package? I guess the record company is saving them for yet another (fifth since 1990?) re-release in a few years. No second album? Just keep milking the first.

Top 5 albums made of all time!

I think this band should have been the biggest band in the world but somehow the record was overshadowed by grunge. I don't get it! Lee Mavers was a freak to work with but man the guy is a musical genius. You could release this now and would probably go over well. The songs are the catchiest melodies I have ever heard and the music have such a mass appeal that anyone at any age group would dig them.


Formed: 1986 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

When the La's released their debut album in 1990, it made immediate waves in the British pop scene, as well as American college radio. Drawing from the hook-laden, ringing guitars of mid-'60s British pop as well as the post-punk pop of the Smiths, the La's' self-titled first album had a timeless, classic feel. It seemed like effortless music, yet that was not the case. From their inception in 1986, lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Lee Mavers was a perfectionist with a nearly obsessive eye for detail....
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