Discussion in 'SMB' started by mini-x2, Jun 13, 2011.
Just been revisiting The La's album this morning.
Seconded. If you believe the stories, he's good a good few albums worth a quality songs that he won't release.
Fantastic album, listened to it last week whilst supping a beer on the beach.....Back at work now :-(
And they reckon he wrote 'The Changing Man' for Weller.... allegedly.
aye so they reckon. dinar if it's a myth though...
agree, the la's album is ferking class.
A legend based on one good track and a load of mythical bollocks imho
You don't need to do much to be one of those these days.
If it's that easy, how comes you aren't one?
I certainly couldn't write an album like that.
He wrote a good pop song like hundreds of others, he didn't develop the theory of relativity. John Lennon wasn't a genius never mind him.
Sounds like dull landfill Indie to me anyway, easily forgotten... and led to fucking Cast.
Looking Glass is a quality song. Shame Mavers didn't release more material.
There She Goes was on the radio the other day and I rather cynically (sp?) wondered whether the royalties from that was enough to keep Mavers in drugs.
I have quite a bit of unreleased La's stuff (loads knocking around on the internet anyway) - a lot has been released officially now with recentish BBC, deluxe album (including alt takes), anthology 4 CD collection.
I was quite obsessed with his 'genius' for a good while, expecting him to make a comeback (saw a couple of short lived La's reformations in 1995 and 2005ish) but I am pretty sure he won't do owt now. Happy with his lot and his allowance that 'There She Goes' gives him.
He has got everything to lose as well by trying to do something new rather regurgitating the same album for 20 odd years.
The demo/unreleased stuff (eg. Kitchen Tape) gives glimpses of promising songs/ideas but whether they'd lead to owt is anothing thing.
Aye, the six million dollar man
Beat me to it.
Preferred him in The Fall Guy though to be honest.
Now I'm not the kind to kiss and tell.....
must get a few quid from it like.
A mate tells me that Mavers goes into a bank in Liverpool once a every couple of months cashing cheques of 20-30 grand. Whether this is bollocks or not I dont know. I would be happy with me lot if that was me
Thought that was Jeff Lynne via Lennon`s Dear Prudence.
The first side of The La`s album is certainly touching on guitar/pop genius I would say.But then barring one or two exceptions I always felt it fell away badly on the second side imo.And then when you consider the amount of time and fucking about it took to get it out at all.It always made me wonder just how many good/decent songs he actualy had in him?Fear of failure or fear of being found out as "ordinary" is what finished Lee Mavers I would say.
He didn`t even want to put that first album out,and complained endlessly about Lillywhite`s production job.Saying stuff like "acoustic guitars sound like electric guitars not plugged in" etc.To himself it was like he refused to believe that the first album had even been released at all.And he`s continued on like that for over 20 years now.It`s like he can`t let those early songs go blaming everybody else but himself.It is a shame because a lot of his unreleased stuff sounds like it could`ve been great given the right encouragement or self will to get it out there.Unfortunatly I don`t think he`s ever trusted anyone to "translate" how he believes his own songs should sound in his own head.Or at least that`s what he keeps telling himself.
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