Sunday, November 7, 2010

Just Like Spring Rain....

There are many bands who should be household names that aren't but none more so perhaps than The Go Betweens. Formed in Brisbane in 1977 they were centred on the songwriting partnership of Robert Forster and Grant Mclennan. Two very different songwriters who complemented each other perfectly. Some of the early tracks may have been a bit left of centre to achieve chart success but why tracks like "Right Here" and "Spring Rain" were not Top 10 hits still perplexes fans of the band to this day.

For me it is very hard to choose a favourite Go Betweens album as there is not a poor one among them but for the sheer consistency and quality of the songs I would probably opt for Liberty Belle.... Every album has a quality about them that few bands ever reached and are all worth having. Get yourself over here and start listening to some of the finest pop songs of the last 30 years.The follow up album Talulah is worth buying for this piece of lyric alone.

But I didnt know someone
Could be so lonesome
Didnt know a heart
Could be tied up
And held for ransom

Sadly we will never get to see The Go Betweens perform live again after the death of Grant Mclennan in 2006 but there is still an incredible body of work out there that will last for many years to come.

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