"There She Goes" is a song with one crazy story, so hang on. It was written by the Liverpool singer and guitarist Lee Mavers, and recorded by his band The La's. The La's released it on their only album, titled The La's. "There She Goes" was released as a single, not once, not twice, but four times!
The first release scratched the UK Singles chart in 1988 at #51. The second release in 1990 was the peak, with #13 on the UK Singles and also charting in the US. The third release was in 1999, and it charted the UK Singles at #65. The fourth release was in 2008, on vinyl only for the song's 20th anniversary, and charted again at #181.
While rumors persist that this song was inspired by "There She Goes Again" by the Velvet Underground, no definitive evidence supports it. The songs do have a similar theme and similar lyric styles, but completely different music. On the other hand, the common knowledge that this song is about heroin seems to be a sure bet. "Racing through my brain" and "Pulsing through my vein" exclude just about everything else, and newspapers in England ran stories about The La's "ode to heroin." La's bassist John Power gave a rather evasive answer when asked about it, while La's ex-guitarist Paul Hemmings flatly denied it.
La's frontman Lee Mavers is a pretty enigmatic character. If you examine them closely, you'll find a lot in common with Velvet Underground's Lou Reed: Both had limited success with their first band but a steady cult following since, both are evasive of the media and reclusive, both are rumored to have written songs about drugs and to be heavily into drugs, and both are widely cited by other music artists as an influence out of step with their commercial success.
Covers of "There She Goes" include those done by Sixpence None the Richer
, Robbie Williams, The Wombats and The Boo Radleys. Film soundtrack appearances include The Parent Trap
, Fever Pitch
, Girl, Interrupted
and So I Married an Axe Murderer
This song was an ironic airplay favorite in the UK when Maggie Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister in November 1990.
The La's mainman Lee Mavers is a legendary perfectionist. The legend goes that he didn't want the vintage studio equipment cleaned so the dust that had accumulated on it from the 1960s would remain.