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There She Goes The La’s The La’s (Go! Discs, 1988)

A classic sin­gle writ­ten by front­man Lee Mavers, who dis­ap­peared from pub­lic view af­ter the re­lease of the band’s self-ti­tled de­but LP. The reclu­sive Liver­pudlian be­came known as “The J D Salinger of rock.”

The Colour of Spring Talk Talk (EMI, 1985)

Both with Talk Talk and solo, shy singer Mark Hol­lis made a se­ries of in­creas­ingly avant-garde al­bums such as this one, be­fore com­pletely re­tir­ing from the mu­sic busi­ness with his “cult ge­nius” sta­tus in­tact.

It’s A Shame About Ray The Le­mon­heads (At­lantic, 1992)

The Le­mon­heads front­man and es­teemed song­writer Evan Dando still plays the odd live show, but he hasn’t made a Le­mon­heads al­bum since 2009’s Varshons – and that was merely a cov­ers record.

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