The reclusive ’90s indie icon looks unrecognizable, 33 years after the smash hit became an instant classic

After 33 years since her smash hit became an instant classic, the enigmatic ’90s indie icon is unrecognizable after a remarkable transformation.

The La frontman looks completely different in a very rare social media appearance.

The La's took a long break in 1992


The La’s took a long break in 1992
Lee Mavers looks unrecognizable now, 33 years later


Lee Mavers looks unrecognizable now, 33 years laterPhoto credit: Instagram

Since the band took an extended break in 1992 – just two years after the band achieved worldwide fame – Lee Maver has lived largely in seclusion.

The band briefly reunited a few times, most recently in 2011.

Since then, Liverpool-born Lee has rarely been seen in public.

A rare sighting of him came when a snap of him was recently shared on Instagram earlier this month.

In the snap, shared by Lighting Boltz custom action figures, the indie icon can be seen smiling at the camera while holding up two custom figures of himself.

The singer looks completely different from his time with the band as he flaunts a huge, bushy beard.

The reclusive singer, who tried to keep a low profile by pulling up his hood, has also grown his hair longer, although he still kept it in a floppy style.

Fans were thrilled by Lee’s rare appearance and many took to the comments section to express their joy.

One commented: “Nice to see Lee looking happy.”

While another wrote: “The Scouse unicorn graces us with his presence.” Knapp. Just like his need.”

A third added: “Riddles mate.”

And a fourth said: “Nice to see Lee smiling there.”

The La’s were an English rock band from Liverpool and were formed in 1983.

The four-piece band, which later appeared in various line-ups, scored their biggest hit “There She Goes” in 1990.

The band then scored another hit with “Timeless Melody” before shocking fans by announcing in 1992 that they would be taking an indefinite hiatus.

They briefly reunited in 2005 and again in 2011. The band also included Liverpool indie legend John Power from 90s rock band Cast.

Jake Nichol

Jake Nichol is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Jake Nichol joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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