The Go-Betweens

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: indie pop indie australian 80s alternative new wave pop rock indie rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links: BBC Music Official Homepage Wikipedia


Critical favourites formed in late 1977 in Brisbane, Australia, by Robert Forster (29 June 1957, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; guitar/vocals) and Grant McLennan (b. 12 February 1958, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, d. 6 May 2006, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; bass, guitar, vocals). These two songwriters were influenced by Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground, the Monkees and the then-burgeoning New York no wave scene involving Television, Talking Heads and Patti Smith. Although sharing the same subject matter in trouble-torn love songs, melancholy and desolation, Forster and McLennan’s very different compositional styles fully complemented each other.

The Go-Betweens first recorded as a trio on the Able label with the Numbers’ drummer Dennis Cantwell. McLennan took on bass playing duties for ‘Lee Remick’/‘Karen’ (1978) and ‘People Say’/‘Don’t Let Him Come Back’ (1979). By the time...

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