|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||indie pop indie australian 80s alternative new wave pop rock indie rock|
|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 McLennans 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/Dont Let Him Come Back (1979). By the time...