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the go-betweens

Post by alexie » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:24 am

It appears as though there's no Go-Betweens thread, which is an utter shame. Quite possibly the greatest band to ever come from Brisbane, and their legacy shall never wane. "16 Lovers Lane" is my current favourite album - I've had Dive For Your Memory in my head all day, because it's such a sad song and feels right at the moment.

I was in Borders on my lunch break today, and I spotted Robert Forster reading music magazines. Naturally I glided over and picked up a magazine (NME, I think) just so I could stand next to the great man himself. His son was with him, too, asking for a Harry Potter A to Z. So cute! Imagine how much fun it would be to have a dad like him.
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Post by linus » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:45 am

I think robert forster is playing in london in august or september at elizabeth house, I think I may be going

'your robert' by comet gain always makes me go a little swoonsome

I was at the go-betweens show at the barbican in 2004, their last in the uk- if I could take all the go-betweens doubters in a time machine I'd take them there

I can kind of appreciate why some people might not 'get' them based on some of the albums because some of the mid-late lp's had a very 80's polished MOR production but I think if you can get past that the songs stand up- and some

seeing them live though made me realise just why people venerated them and continue to do so

I saw them at the astoria before that, they were very good then, but at the barbican with accompanying strings and oboe and stuff, well, they seemed peerless (although the audience was littered with many of their peers, so... I've got myself confused)

there's that tribute to grant mclennan album out too, isn't there? I believe philjunebride is on it

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Post by grumpytimes » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:46 am

all my go-betweens records are back in new zealand which, of course, sucks. although it has encouraged me to listen to the mk II albums more which I've enjoyed. I didn't realise the sleater kinney were the band for 'friends of rachel worth' until the other day.

it took me a while to get into the go-betweens as the first album i bought was 16 lover's lane. i didn't like it at all then and it's probably still my least favourite album.

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Re: the go-betweens

Post by ian » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:48 am

linus wrote: 'your robert' by comet gain always makes me go a little swoonsome
I have a soft spot for "Me And Robert Forster" by The Becketts - great, Pixies-style noise pop.

"Liberty Belle..." is just one of the greatest albums ever recorded in my opinion.

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Post by grumpytimes » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:48 am

linus wrote: I was at the go-betweens show at the barbican in 2004, their last in the uk- if I could take all the go-betweens doubters in a time machine I'd take them there
i think the live recording on disk 2 of oceans apart is of that show. i was full of envy for anyone who ever got to see them after listening to it.

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Post by linus » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:55 am

yup, that's the one... having seen them at the astoria I was pretty ambivalent about going but my brother was quite persistant that I go and I'm dead glad I did

the grant mclennan tribute lp is called 'love goes on' and contributors include the orchids; the bats; the clientele; luke haines; future pilot aka with duglas bmx bandit; the trembling blue stars and ed kuepper (of the saints and the laughing clowns)

for anyone that's interested it's on rare victory records

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Post by alexie » Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:06 pm

ian wrote:
linus wrote: 'your robert' by comet gain always makes me go a little swoonsome
I have a soft spot for "Me And Robert Forster" by The Becketts - great, Pixies-style noise pop.
There's a song called "Don't Want To Be Grant McLennan" by Smudge, but it seems really wrong to listen to it nowadays :( Oh, and "Shoot The Sexual Athlete" by Belle & Sebastian.

I was at the show where the "Striped Sunlight Sound" DVD was filmed. You can see me in the front row if you look closely. What a wonderful show - it was the last time I saw them play, and it was truly wonderful.

Has anybody heard Robert Forster's new solo album, "The Evangelist"? I listened to it for the first time today and it's really good - "Demon Days" and "Let Your Light In, Babe" are my favourites so far.
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Post by linus » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:21 pm

it is really rather good, I concur, there was an article by robert forster in the sunday times (of all places)in which he talked about the making of 'the evangelist' and about mclennan:

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/ ... 758137.ece" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by shaved head thrills » Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:08 pm

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Post by andyroo » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:35 pm

alexie wrote:There's a song called "Don't Want To Be Grant McLennan" by Smudge, but it seems really wrong to listen to it nowadays :(
I know what you mean... but it's NEVER wrong to listen to Smudge.

I haven't got the Grant tribute. I do have two Go-bes tribute rekkids though (well, mp3 folders, not actual rekkids). One of which has Smudge on it.

Comments on the new Forster solo album (including song "Demon Days" written by Grant)? I've not got it yet.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:49 pm

skipping over the fact that i love Smudge and would relaly like to talk about them, it occured to me recently that it is a glaring oversight that i own no Go-Betweens.

am i right in thinking that 16 Lovers Lane is the place to start?
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Post by andyroo » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:06 pm

indiansummer wrote:skipping over the fact that i love Smudge and would relaly like to talk about them, it occured to me recently that it is a glaring oversight that i own no Go-Betweens.

am i right in thinking that 16 Lovers Lane is the place to start?
Probably not, as you might already know some of the stuff on it.

I'd go chronological, because you're going to get them all anyway. So start with 78 to 79 The Lost Album (which has "Lee Remick" and "People Say" on it) and there'll be no looking back.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:13 pm

Cheers! i don't think i know anything by them actually.

the mojo* albums summary seemed to think that ...Lost Album was for completists only, and i'm a beginner rather than one of those yet. is it definitely the best beginner's route?

don't mean to seem so sceptical; just want to make sure i'm spending my hard-earned pound propeerly!


*first time in my 26 years that i've bought it, but i wanted to read the Mudhoney/Sub Pop piece, and there was a free Sub Pop cd with a sleeve by Peter Bagge...i was powerless to resist...
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Post by andyroo » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:26 pm

Yeah, you're probably right... it's more one for when you're already into them - although those songs I said are great, most of it is demos which are wonderful in their own way, but not really an introduction as such.

Maybe Before Hollywood then, their first really good album. Or I got into them when Tallulah came out and I was hearing "Right Here" a lot on the radio, so if it worked for me maybe it will for you.
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Post by darvé » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:30 pm

I'm with you on the Mojo thing Indian Summer, havent listened to the CD yet but it was worth buying to see Chad Channing gurning away in the 'Sub pop now' picture.

Anyway, back to the topic in hand..

The first Go-betweens record i picked up was Before Hollywood and i didn't really know anything about them either. I'd thoroughly reccomend starting there, especially as it has 'Cattle and Cane' on there which you can't really ignore if you're going to get into them.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:42 pm

yeh, Chad Channing looks almost exactly the same - almost uncannily so!

disappointed once i realised that Pete Bagge's cartoon of Leonard & The Love Gods was actually just a reprint of an old Hate frame... but it's still ace.

the cd has some really good stuff on it. i have a theory that Pissed Jeans may actually be the best band in the world, only no-one's noticed.

But yes, Go-Betweens. cheers for the tips - i shall see what amazon marketplace has to say on the matter!
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Post by grumpytimes » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:22 pm

I think the production on 16 Lover's Lane is very late 80s and maybe not the best place to start. It's good, but the 'sound' can over shadow the songs for a new listener.

I would recommend starting with Tallulah or Liberty Belle (my fav).

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:33 pm

most of them seem very expensive on amazon...perhaps i'll have a look in my local indie to see if they have any there.

or buy one of the more famous ones that are still available. payday a week tomorrow, so i'll report back with what i can find. thanks for the advice anyway, folks.
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Re: the go-betweens

Post by grumpytimes » Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:31 pm

check out ebay - i just had a wee look and there's quite a bit. although vinyl copies of before hollywood seem to go for heaps.

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