One and Done

 The La's released a near-perfect debut album 25 years ago. Then they disappeared. (image via  Wikimedia Commons )

The La's released a near-perfect debut album 25 years ago. Then they disappeared. (image via Wikimedia Commons)

I can't believe it's been 25 years since this album was released. You could argue that The La's one-and-only album not only established the blueprint for the guitar-driven pop bands like Oasis and Blur that followed them, but that "The La's" was better than anything that came out under the Britpop banner in the 90s. Frontman Lee Mavers had the talent and songwriting chops, but was, apparently, a perfectionist to such a degree that even Axl Rose would have gotten frustrated working with him.

Listening to the album again after so many years was a treat. It still holds up and is a fantastic representation of early 90s pop-rock. Too bad we never got a second album from Mavers and Co. (The band has been like Menudo when it comes to having former members.) Then again, we could finally be getting a follow-up from another famous auteur named "Lee" after 50 years. Maybe that means we can expect another La's album by 2040.

Victor Li

chicago, il