The La's

There She Goes

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One of rock's simplest yet most evocative love songs, the La's "There She Goes" predated Brit-pop by four years, yet it alluded to Britain's golden era of pop with less irony and considerably more melody and heart. Chiming, jangly guitars, heart-tugging major-minor chord changes, yearning vocals, and poignant lyrics like "She calls my name/Pulls my chain/No one else can feel my pain" result in timeless, seemingly effortless pop magic that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Nevertheless, upon its first release as a single in 1988, "There She Goes" missed out on chart success, though its reissue two years later -- around the time of the release of their debut album -- made the U.K. Top 20 and the Top 50 in the U.S. Just a few years later, the song was already appearing on British hits collections; even more significantly, cover versions began to pop up as soon as 1993, with the Boo Radleys reworking it on the So I Married An Axe Murderer soundtrack. Though their version focused on the song's sunny side, adding cheery handclaps and harmonies, it added to the song's reputation as an emerging pop standard. Five years later, the folk-pop/CCM trio Sixpence None the Richer covered it on their self-titled third album, giving it a sweet, Innocence Mission/Sundays-like veneer. This version of "There She Goes" also made its way onto the soundtrack to the kids' film Snow Day, poised to captivate another generation of music fans. Though the La's remained frustratingly silent more than a decade after they released "There She Goes," their disappearance only added to the song's aura of once-in-a-lifetime brilliance.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The La's 1990 London / Go! Discs 2:42
Now: 1990 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI
Maxi Music 1994
Various Artists
SPG 2:43
Beautiful Game [Alex] 1996
Various Artists
Universal International 2:41
A Bunch O' Hits: The Best Rock of the 90's, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:42
Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '80s 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
Trackspotting 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 2:42
Now: 1990 [1998] 1998
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 2:42
The Parent Trap [1998 Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:43
Essential Soundtracks 1999
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 2:41
On the Edge [Razor & Tie] 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:44
The Best Pub Jukebox in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:43
Pure 90's 2001
Various Artists
UTV / Universal Distribution 2:42
Music of the Year: 1989 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:44
Q Anthems 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:42
Simply Acoustic [Universal] 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 2:42
Sorted! 40 Madchester Baggy Anthems 2002 Ministry Of Sound 2:36
VH1 Classic: The Cuts 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
Dark Side of the 80s 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 2:41
Acoustic, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Echo 2:42
90's 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Drive Time [Universal/WB] 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner Special Marketing 2:40
Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era - 1976-1995 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Power Pop Anthems 2005
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 2:40
Sugar Rush 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:42
Music for Nineties 2007
Various Artists
Universal International 2:41
The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Les 100 Plus Grands Tubes 80's 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:43
Rarities Edition: The La's 2010 Polydor / Universal 2:48
Total Drivetime 2010
Various Artists
Universal 2:43
Callin' All 2010 Polydor / Universal / Universal Distribution 2:42
Latest & Greatest Acoustic Songs 2013
Various Artists
USM / USM Media 0:00
Greatest Ever! Indie Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:42
Latest & Greatest No. 1s 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:41
90s Anthems: The Ultimate Collection [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Universal 0:00
The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Universal 2:41
Throwback Tunes: 90s 2017
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
UMG Recordings Inc.
100 Essential Hits: 90s
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal 2:42
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:40
100 Hits
Various Artists
Universal 2:41
Dad's Jukebox: The Very Best Of The 60's, 70's & 80's
Various Artists
Universal 2:44
Greatest Ever! Dad: The Definitive Collection
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:42
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:42
MTV Rocks: Indie Revolution
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 2:42
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:45
Total 90s
Various Artists
Universal 2:41