THE LA‘s have an album of rare, unreleased songs out this week (October 4) on the Viper label.
The album, titled ‘Breakloose/Lost La’s 1984-86’, contains 15 tracks written by founder members Lee Mavers and Mike Badger before the band were signed to Go! Discs in 1987.
A spokesperson for the independent, Liverpool-based Viper label said: “This was an incredibly creative period in the band’s history and all the songs here are taken from the only remaining master copies in existence.
“They were recorded on whatever equipment these two unemployed musicians could get their hands on.”
The full tracklisting is
‘Breakloose (Live)’ ‘Open Your Heart’ ‘Sweet 35’ ‘Trees & Plants’ ‘Red Deer Stalk’ ‘Dovecot Dub’ ‘The Walk’ ‘Get Down Over’ ‘What Do You Do’ ‘I Did The Painting’ ‘My Girl’ ‘Sits Like A Reindeer’ ‘Money In Your Talk’ ‘You Blue’ ‘Moonlight’
Since the disintegration of The La‘s, following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1990, Mavers has steered clear of the music industry, preferring to stay at home and raise his family.
He is said to have recorded songs in Liverpool studios but there are no current plans for any to be released.
Of the other ex-members, La‘s guitarist Peter ‘Cammy’ Camel has also been writing and recording songs, as has Barry Sutton, who still performs in a band called Kung Fu. Original La‘s bassist John Power went on to form Cast. While Mike Badger released a solo album earlier this year.
Earlier this month, The La‘s rereleased the classic ‘There She Goes’ single, just weeks after Christian pop band Sixpence None The Richer covered it.
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